Vegan-Chic Dining at by CHLOE. + Secret Menu

by CHLOE., located in the West Village at 185 Bleeker Street, was easily one of my favourite restaurants that I visited during my most recent trip to Manhattan. This vegan-chic casual dining spot is the collaborative result of two young female entrepreneurs, vegan chef and best-selling cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser of ESquared Hospitality

by CHLOE., a vegan-chic casual dining spot in the West Village, is the collaborative result of two young female entrepreneurs, vegan chef and best-selling cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser of ESquared Hospitality. Photo source: Forbes.com.* 

by CHLOE., a vegan-chic casual dining spot in the West Village, is the collaborative result of two young female entrepreneurs, vegan chef and best-selling cookbook author Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser of ESquared HospitalityPhoto source: Forbes.com.* 

The duo opened this vegan quick-service food spot to help fill the gap in New York City for casual vegan dining.* They recognized a need for delicious everyday food that was vegan, but had a hard time figuring out where to find it in their city.

Chloe Coscarelli, Chef + Partner, by CHLOE. Photo source: bychefchloe.com.

Chloe Coscarelli, Chef + Partner, by CHLOE. Photo source: bychefchloe.com.

Samantha Wasser, Creative Director, ESquared Hospitality + by CHLOE. Photo source: bychefchloe.com.

Samantha Wasser, Creative Director, ESquared Hospitality + by CHLOE. Photo source: bychefchloe.com.

I’d finish a busy day of work and want a satisfying meal without having to make a reservation at a fancy restaurant or indulge in something unhealthy. If we could create a concept where delicious vegan food was made fresh, fast, and affordable, then vegan food would be accessible to the masses (and we could eat there every day!). Sure enough, Samantha and I actually do. Win win!*
— Chloe Coscarelli
by CHLOE.'s Quinoa Taco Salad (spicy seitan chorizo, black beans, sweet corn, avocado, tomato, tortilla strips, crema, agave-lime vinaigrette) and Pesto Meatball Sandwich (Italian Meatballs made with portobello + veggies, marinara, sweet peppers, basil pesto, cashew mozz, almond parm in a potato sub roll) served with Air Baked French Fries. Photo source: Forbes.com.*

by CHLOE.'s Quinoa Taco Salad (spicy seitan chorizo, black beans, sweet corn, avocado, tomato, tortilla strips, crema, agave-lime vinaigrette) and Pesto Meatball Sandwich (Italian Meatballs made with portobello + veggies, marinara, sweet peppers, basil pesto, cashew mozz, almond parm in a potato sub roll) served with Air Baked French Fries. Photo source: Forbes.com.*

vegan superstar Chef Chloe Coscarelli

Chloe Coscarelli, a lifelong vegetarian and vegan of 10 years, is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, a plant-based-foused culinary school in Chelsea, Manhattan; the University of California, Berkely; and Cornell University's Plant-Based Nutrition Program. Chloe first gained nationwide recognition in 2010 when she appeared on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” and took home the first place prize with her Raspberry Tiramisu vegan cupcakes, outshining four other contestants’ non-vegan cupcakes.  

Following her television debut, Chloe published three cookbooks with Simon and Schuster: Chloe’s Kitchen (2012)Chloe’s Vegan Desserts (2013) and Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen (2014). 

I picked up a copy of Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen prior to my trip to NYC and was immediately impressed by the simplicity her of meatless, cheese-less Italian recipes which include whole foods and healthy plant-based ingredients. This cookbook tops my list of favourite vegan cookbooks that I use regularly (and I own A LOT of cookbooks).

Without fail, every single recipe that I have made has turned out phenomenally. Her Classic Pesto Sauce and Cream of Mushroom Soup have both become staple recipes in my kitchen. Chloe's recipes are so simple to make and you would never know that there is absolutely no dairy added. Chloe has even included her award winning recipe for her Raspberry Tiramisu Cupcakes in this cookbook from Food Network's Cupcake Wars, as well as the recipe for her super delicious Shiitake Bacon which I tried at her restaurant (detailed below).

vegan-chic casual dining

I visited by CHLOE. during the weekday lunch hour and it was lined up out the door, which is always a good sign in my books. The vibe was exactly what you would expect from a trendy West Village food spot, in the best possible way. The restaurant was packed with young professionals, dining on Instagram-worthy meals over their lunch breaks. 

by CHLOE., located in the West Village at 185 Bleeker Street, was easily one of my favourite restaurants that I visited during my most recent trip to Manhattan. Photo source: bychefchloe.com.

by CHLOE., located in the West Village at 185 Bleeker Street, was easily one of my favourite restaurants that I visited during my most recent trip to Manhattan. Photo source: bychefchloe.com.

During my visit I sat at the large communal table in the centre of the restaurant. There are also smaller tables available, as well as patio seating for the warmer weather. I ordered at the counter and did not have to wait too long. If you’re in a rush I’d recommend checking out the grab & go refrigerator which is stocked with prepackaged meals, as well as kombucha and cold-pressed juices and even has fresh young Thai coconuts, adorned with the by CHOLE. logo. 

by CHLOE. Guac Burger - a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, topped with sweet corn salsa, onion guacamole, chipotle aioli and tortilla strips. Also pictured: Air Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Seasonal Lemonade. Photo source: Forbes.com.*

by CHLOE. Guac Burger - a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, topped with sweet corn salsa, onion guacamole, chipotle aioli and tortilla strips. Also pictured: Air Baked Sweet Potato Fries and Seasonal Lemonade. Photo source: Forbes.com.*

The 100% vegan, house-made menu items include everything from salads and burgers, sandwiches and pasta, to 100% cold-pressed juices, dairy-free ice cream and sweets baked fresh in-house daily. The most popular dish is the Guac Burger, a black bean-quinoa-sweet potato patty, topped with sweet corn salsa, onion guacamole, chipotle aioli and tortilla strips. According to Chloe “we can make them fast enough.”*** 

In the mood for brunch? by CHLOE.’s brunch menu includes brekkie favourites like, Daily Pancakes served with whipped apple butter, Mom’s Cinnamon Roll and Quinoa Hash Browns served with sour cream, smoked paprika and scallion. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am - 4pm.

by CHLOE. is committed to using organic, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. There are a number of menu items that are gluten-free, or that can be made gluten-free. by CHLOE. is also certified kosher by International Kosher Council (IKC). Click here for the full menu.

by CHLOE., located in the West Village at 185 Bleeker Street, was easily one of my favourite restaurants that I visited during my most recent trip to Manhattan. Photo by Love Wild Live Free.

by CHLOE., located in the West Village at 185 Bleeker Street, was easily one of my favourite restaurants that I visited during my most recent trip to Manhattan. Photo by Love Wild Live Free.

The by CHLOE. grab & go refrigerator is stocked with prepackaged meals, kombucha and cold-pressed juices and even has fresh young Thai coconuts, adorned with the by CHOLE. logo. Photo by Love Wild Live Free.

The by CHLOE. grab & go refrigerator is stocked with prepackaged meals, kombucha and cold-pressed juices and even has fresh young Thai coconuts, adorned with the by CHOLE. logo. Photo by Love Wild Live Free.

At the corner of Bleeker and MacDogual streets in Greenwich Village, inside a space that looks like a Pinterest board come to life, chef Chloe Coscarelli is serving up an extensive menu of vegan, gluten-free fare.
— The Wall Street Journal***

what I ordered

I ordered the Kale Caesar which is topped with shiitake bacon, avocado, almond parm, maple-wheat croutons and house-made Caesar dressing.

by CHLOE. Kale Caesar topped with shiitake bacon, avocado, almond parm, maple-wheat croutons and house-made Caesar dressing. Photo by Love Wild Live Free. 

by CHLOE. Kale Caesar topped with shiitake bacon, avocado, almond parm, maple-wheat croutons and house-made Caesar dressing. Photo by Love Wild Live Free. 

This salad was incredible. All of the flavours were on point. The combination of the dairy-free dressing and avocado was rich and creamy and contrasted nicely with the crunchy greens and crispy shiitake bacon. I requested the gluten-free version of this salad which excluded the maple-wheat croutons, however, I majorly regretted that choice because I would have loved to try them. There’s always next time!  

secret menu

Be in the know with this by CHLOE. menu hack that you can only order if you know to ask. It’s the Oh so fancy fries” aka chilli cheese fries: air baked french fries topped with whisky onions, spicy seitan chorizo, mozzarella sauce and garlic aioli sauce. 

"Sshh...we have a SECRET menu item! Ask for #ohsofancyfries!" Photo source: instagram.com/chefchloe.

"Sshh...we have a SECRET menu item! Ask for #ohsofancyfries!" Photo source: instagram.com/chefchloe.

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Check back in my Travel Guide for additional vegan food recommendations from my travels in Manhattan.

Much Love,

#LoveWildLiveFree

Sources: 

* Decker, Vivienne. "Meet The 28-Year-Old Founders Of By Chloe, NYC's Fastest-Growing Vegan Burger Chain." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 17 Dec. 2015. Web. 05 Jan. 2016. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/viviennedecker/2015/12/17/by-chloe-coscarelli-nyc-vegan-food-restaurant/>.

** Coscarelli, Chloe. Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen: 150 Pizzas, Pastas, Pestos, Risottos, & Lots of Creamy Italian Classics. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014. Print.

*** Lurie, Kathryn. "A Vegan Menu With Burgers, Meatballs and Barbecue." WSJ. The Wall Street Journal, 16 Aug. 2015. Web. 13 Jan. 2016. <http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-vegan-menu-with-burgers-meatballs-and-barbecue-1439768318>.