oooops...i meant cafe gratitude...
sorry...i posted the other day with the wrong name and stand corrected...my sister is a raving maniac about this place(several locations)...any opinions????
raw coconut cream pie-called *I AM DEVOTED " is excellent, I can eat this for breakfast!
I like Cafe Gratitude they have a dish that I crave from time to time- called *I AM ACCEPTING- steamed Bhutanese red rice tossed with
raw vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, scallions and Asian sesame dressing.
I go to the one on 9th Ave. mostly because it is closer. I always feel really good after eating there, fortified in a way.
I am not vegan but I have two friends that are vegan who are also reliable food informents -- that is they are not militant or preachy, are actually good cooks and have good taste -- both of them gave it the thumbs down.
I believe the knocks were annoying atmosphere and food that ranged between barely competent, nothing special and "tortured".
Definitely a love it or hate it kind of place. I want to like it as I share their enthusiasm for sustainable foods. Unfortunately, I find that the food makes me nauseous for a few days, probably due to the high tannin content from the nuts and grains, and the fact that the complex proteins and carbohydrates are not broken down via cooking and are therefore difficult to digest. I always leave feeling ill and unsatisfied, which is the exact opposite of how I want to feel after a pricey meal. The desserts have an interesting texture, but are way too sweet for my taste. So, I've given up on Gratitude. Still, it's very popular. You should try it for yourself and see.
I really tried to like it, but just...didn't. The salad was good, but I really didn't like the "pizza." The textures are all off to me, and there are just too many nuts (and I like nuts!).
Breakfast at Cafe Gratitude probably my worst dining experience ever. The food tasted like mudcakes left to dry in the sun. Again, though, I've heard positive experiences from others. If I had to return, I'd probably stick with a salad and avoid any of the fake-baked items.