Carmine Street is one of the West Village streets that is so beloved not only because of his history in Italian immigration and culture, but because its buildings have basically looked the same since they were built around 1900. Only the storefronts change frequently thanks to the staggering rents. It has always been a mecca for restaurants, and one of the best is the vegan Blossom On Carmine. It's an intimate space with exposed brick walls, dim lighting and an outdoor seating area. I chose a table right between the outdoor and indoor space so that I could have the best of both worlds. Best of all, the prices range from inexpensive to moderately expensive (for instance, appetizers cost $5-$9)
Many traditional eaters believe that vegan versions of classic dishes just don't have the same "kick" and flavor, but Blossom On Carmine proves those diners wrong. My dining partner and I chose the Quinoa Salad ($11 for a small size, $16 for a large size) as a "small plate" to share. We got the large size and it really was a meal in itself for both of us. Not only was the quinoa cooked to the perfect slightly firm consistency but it featured a lovely, light poblano dressing. The quinoa was tossed with black beans, roasted sweet corn, diced bell peppers, watercress, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and guacamole. I would go out on a limb to say that this is one of the most flavorful all-natural, vegan salads I have ever eaten on the eatery-cluttered island of Manhattan, and that is saying a mouthful!
|Ginger/Horseradish Rubbed Japanese Eggplant|
|Orange Creme Brulee|
Blossom On Carmine
43 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014
Cuisine: Vegetarian (Vegan)