by Alia Tawil


Sacred Chow:

Succulent Blessings for Better Health

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” ~Adelle Davis


If the prospect of finding hidden treasure excites you, print out a subway map and mark an X over 227 Sullivan between Bleecker and West 3rd. When you arrive, look for the logo of a bovine resting in lotus pose by the door. You’ll know you’ve found the Sacred Chow.

Inside, a smattering of glass-topped tables with low wrought iron chairs settle around a mosaic tile fountain. The walls boast stylish local art and dim lighting to complete the romantic ambience. Tucked away in the West Village, this cozy restaurant creates vegetarian, vegan, and kosher fare. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends, nourishing the body and soul becomes a breeze. They even have a daily Happy Hour from 4-6:30 where a pint (or pitcher) of beer gets you two tapas, half a hero sandwich, or two hot diggity soy dogs for $3.

The Heavenly Tapas are divided into two categories: Protein Rich and Complex Carbs.
For an elegant protein fix, try the roasted black olive seitan. Flavorful bets from the carb category include the root vegetable latkes or the sautéed shitake mushrooms with toasted sunflower seeds. But there’s no pressure to choose only one, as any three tapas are only $9.

For more of a main course, look for the $8 Amazing Hero Sandwiches, served on six inch toasted Italian subs with a side of peanut slaw. One of the most tantalizing subs is the orange barbequed seitan with sliced chunky orange-molasses, roasted ginger, onions and garlic sauce.

Compliment your meal with one of their Blissful Beverages, like the refreshing High Energy Herbal Drink, Cranberry Echinacea. Round off your meal with a sweet morsel from their list of Devilish Desserts like the Sinner Bar. With coconut caramel dipped in chocolate, this decadent delicacy is rightly named, because it will make you blush.

Between the considerate staff, comfortable atmosphere, and excitingly guilt-free cuisine, this health-conscious oasis has true potential for growth. Already a favorite stop for many, Sacred Chow shines as one of the jewels of New York’s restaurant scene.

For more information, visit or call (212) 337-0863


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