While exploring the West Village in Manhattan, my friend and I searched for a new place to eat dinner. Since we had just left our first Soul Cycle class, we decided we wanted something clean. If you’ve ever been to the West Village, you know that the streets are full of life, hungry people, and restaurant after restaurant offering amazing food. As I resisted my craving for a greasy slice of pepperoni pizza, we turned the corner onto Bleeker Street and stumbled upon by Chloe., a vegan, plant based restaurant. Chef Chloe Coscarelli’s goal for by Chloe is to “redefine what it means to eat well,” and she’s done just that.
After perusing the menu, we decided it was exactly the kind of post work out fuel we needed. There was not an empty seat in the house which we took as a great sign. We took a second to look around, admiring the charming wicker chairs hanging from the ceiling, fun striped booths and overall feel of being in someone’s house, waiting for a home cooked meal.
It took us a while to decide what we wanted to eat. We watched tray after tray of mouthwatering burgers, salads, and pasta parade around us until we finally decided. I ordered the Smashed Avocado Toast (go ahead and call me boring) and my friend ordered the Quinoa Taco Salad. We took our seats in our wicker chairs and (not so) patiently waited.
As soon as I heard my name called I ran up to the counter. I was immediately impressed with the size of my toast. I often fall into the pitfall of ordering avocado toast in a restaurant even though I know better. Most of the time you receive a limp piece of soggy bread with plain mashed avocado on top. But not at by Chloe. A giant piece of toasted 7-grain bread was the vessel for perfectly seasoned smashed avocado and cubed beets. Sea salt, red pepper and sunflower seeds added the final touches of flavor. As I ate happily, a few passersby even stopped and admired my meal.
If your appetite is larger than avocado toast can satisfy, the Quinoa Taco salad is definitely worth a try. As big as a bowl of pasta, this salad won’t disappoint. Black beans, chorizo, corn, avocado and tomatoes adorn a bed of lettuce with crispy taco strips and a refreshing agave-lime vinaigrette. If you’re a fan of tacos like I am, this healthier option will hit the spot.
Although we didn’t have room for dessert, we ogled by Chloe’s dessert case from afar. If a display of vegan cupcakes, cookies, and bars isn’t enough for you, you can also wander next door to Sweets by Chloe to satisfy your sweet tooth. They offer cakes, pies cookies, and even breakfast pastries.
by Chloe makes it easy to enjoy a meal for $12 or under. Smashed Avocado Toast and a drink will cost you about $11. A healthy portion of salad or a “juicy” vegan burger run from $9-$11.
If you haven’t yet tried to eat a fully vegan meal, by Chloe is the place to have your first. With an approachable menu and very friendly staff you'll feel right at home.