Spring Street Natural and Peace Food Cafe

A vegetarian day in New York City at Spring Street Natural in Soho and Peace Food Cafe on the Upper West Side.

2010 started off with a trip to one of my favorite restaurants in New York, Spring Street Natural….

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…for a blogger meetup with Ada, Nathalie, Chelsea, and Marina!

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I munch on a piece of each bread basket offering.  Rosemary Tomato and something multigrain-y….

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…and eat about 3/4 of the Asian Salad without crispy noodles. It is Boston, romaine and iceberg lettuce, pineapple, toasted almonds.  Also in there: carrots, jicama, mango, and spring onions.  I order some grilled free range chicken and spicy toasted sesame-miso dressing on the side.

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Still delicious, though the bread isn’t as rockin’ as I remember it being…

After brunch with the the lovely ladies, I hop on the train to the Upper West Side to hang out with my friends Emily and Jim, who I haven’t seen in years. When I get back to Chelsea, Abe and I catch up with one another (our first time being apart in over a week!) and just chill in the apartment for a few hours.

I wait for my appetite to come back, but it never really does.  So around 7:00pm we try to figure out someplace to go that won’t be too heavy or expensive. Or require a reservation. Abe wants to go to Spring Street Natural, but I don’t want to eat there twice in one day (though I must admit the idea is tempting). Finally, we decide on a new vegan place I’ve read about on other blogs.  Peace Food Cafe. So I make yet another trip to the Upper West Side.

The restaurant is very cozy and casual.  They are blasting Beatles music and we instantly feel at home.

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Abe and I both order sandwiches and share them.  First, the roasted japanese pumpkin with caramelized onions, ground walnuts, and vegan goat cheese.  It comes on toasted whole spelt rye. And then, the pan seared french horn mushroom panini.  It has sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, artichoke aioli, mint and basil pesto on homemade focaccia.

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Both are insanely good (and would satisfy a skeptical meat-eater) but I do prefer the panini. Which shocks my pumpkin-loving self. The latter does come with a little bit of jicama but it is more of a garnish than a side.

So Abe also orders some baked soy nuggets with herbed vegan mayo, which I try one of.

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Not bad – though I like the frozen soy nuggets from Trader Joe’s better.  So that’s not really saying much.

All in all I really like this place, as did Abe. I read on yelp that the service here can be iffy.  What is interesting was that there seem to be a dozen people running around for such a small cafe. They are all super friendly and content.  My one issue was that they bring my order out about 5 minutes before Abe’s.

We talk about going down to Tribeca to visit the movie theater where we got married but I feel cold and stuffed. So we just go back to the apartment instead to snuggle and digest.

I pour myself a cup of Yogi Tea (Calming flavor) which has a nice positive message.

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Thank you, tea bag.

We watch about 10 minutes of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” until we can’t take it anymore and decide to go to bed. A nice mellow start to the New Year and a solid night’s sleep.

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16 thoughts on “Spring Street Natural and Peace Food Cafe

  1. Anna

    Mmmm….all those eats look great! Looks like a fun blogger meet-up too!

    I HATE it when servers bring out the meals at different times. It makes the meal so awkward!

  2. Alison

    Looks like you’re having a great time!
    The sandwiches look and sound delicious. The panani looks especially good even though I hate mushrooms. I bet the pumpkin sandwich was wonderful.

  3. Daria @ Daria Can Cook

    I love that you got married in a movie theater. How cool! And I’m impressed that you made it through even 10 minutes of Alvin and the Chipmunks. 😉

  4. Angie

    Beautiful meals!! The sandwiches look amzing!

    And, I love tea bags with happy messages….and chocolates too!

    Happy New Year, Lynn!

  5. leianna

    Your trip to NYC is like foodie heaven, I’ve heard about Peace Cafe through other blogs. I love paninis, wish I had a press to make my own sometime!

  6. Susan

    Mmm I’d love to try that vegan place!
    And I want more deets on the movie theater wedding – I love wedding stories!

  7. Ada

    That’s so funny that you went to Peacefood Cafe, I literally live right by it! I also still can’t believe your roomate was that doctor, what a strange coincidence!

  8. Amber

    How fun! I know i say this almost everytime but your food always looks SO good! And I love the yogi teas and their positive messages.

  9. greensandjeans

    Yay for blogger meetups! That place looks so good! I’ll have to check it out the next time I’m out there!

  10. candice

    Delicious-looking bread and dressing. Love toasted sesame anything 🙂 I WISH I could buy a roasted kabocha sandwich! Seriously, if it were tasty, I would be an eternal patron… Sometimes, I don’t get hungry all day, too, even though I’ve been walking around and everything. It’s weird and slightly annoying, because then eating becomes almost like a chore.

  11. Chelsea Ward

    It was so, so nice to meet you yesterday Lynn! I had a lovely time at lunch getting to know you all face-to-face. Looks like you had a foodtastic remainder of the day as well. That sandwich and those soy nuggets look yummy! I will place that restaurant on my queue of healthy places to eat in the city.

    Have a safe, warm trip back to LA. I’m sure today’s weather had you itching for the warmth of Southern CA a bit. Heck, I was itching for the warmth of the West!

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