Eating to Live on the Outside: Sacred Chow

This week Eating to Live on the Outside is back in the Big Apple—New Yawk City! And our destination? Sullivan Street between West 3rd and Bleecker, the home of Sacred Chow Vegan Bistro. Right off the bat I can tell you Scared Chow is well above standard American restaurants like The Office and Houlihan's, but it’s still got some glitches that I’d be careful about. Okay, let’s take a look.

The first dish to snatch my attention was the Four Seasons Salad. Why? Well for starters it’s got beets in it, and Dr. Fuhrman speaks very highly of beets. So that’s a plus. It also comes with seasonal greens, carrots, apples, Dijon vinaigrette, and crunchy yuba strips. Of course I’ll go easy on the salad dressing, but the yuba strips also give me pause. Yuba is made from soy. Now I’ve got nothing against soy. I drink soy milk and I eat tofu on occasion, but it’s still processed food. Sure, it’s better than croutons, so unlike croutons I won’t omit them from the salad, but I won’t exactly feel bad about eating around most of them. I tend to be very discriminating about my soy. How about you?

The Grilled Western Tofu Hero is also looking mighty tasty. Its toasted whole wheat Italian bread stuffed with thickly sliced western tofu, dill soy-mayonnaise, baby greens, and cheese. Oh, it also comes with something called Chow slaw (I’m guessing its vegan coleslaw) and a pickle—I love pickles! Now I know I just said I’m picky about my tofu, I swear I am! But out of all the sandwiches on Sacred Chow’s menu, the Grilled Western most appeals to me. Granted, soy-mayonnaise and soy cheese aren’t exactly my favorite foods, but most of the other heroes are made with seitan, and seitan doesn’t really appeal to my taste buds. So for me, the Grilled Western is the best fit. I’m certain others will feel differently. And yes, I can live with the bread. I’ll just stay focused on all those baby greens!

Now this brings me to my next selection—or should I say—my next massive quandary. Tapas, what the heck is it? I don’t know! So I looked it up, and according to Wikipedia its olives. It’s also fried squid, flat bread, larded pork meat slices, sausage slowly cooked in wine, cured cheese with anchovies, and a whole host of other things. Again, I’m an Italian from Jersey, I didn’t exactly grow up on Tapas. Okay, since Wikipedia failed me, I turned to Webster—no not Emmanuel Lewis—the dictionary! According Merriam-Webster, tapas is an hors d'oeuvre. Oh! Well that makes Scared Chow’s tapas offerings a lot easier to comprehend. Alright, now that that’s out of the way, time to order a tapas or two.

Scared Chow has a lot of tapas options. So many that it looks like they actually encourage you to make a meal out of them. Three for twelve bucks is a pretty good deal if you ask me. So if I had to pick three, what would I order? Okay, first I’m going with the Dijon Marinated Raw Kale. As Dr. Fuhrman’s blogger, I think he would personally strangle me if I didn’t pick the kale—so that one’s a keeper. Next I’m going with the Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms with Toasted Sunflower Seeds. I like mushrooms and I like sunflower seeds, so I’m going out on a limb here, but I think this combination will be nothing but good times. And finally, I’ll throw the Vegetable of the Day into the mix. Why? Because I like surprises—no, that’s not true, I’m too neurotic for surprises. So I’d just sit back and hope for a really good veggie, like zucchini or Chinese eggplant.

So there you have it, that’s how I’d pay homage to the Sacred Chow. How about you? Send us your feedback! Tell us what you might have done differently or what you agree with. Check out Sacred Chow’s menu and let us know how you Eat to Live on the Outside? Leave a comment or email us at
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Mali - February 8, 2007 4:11 PM

Sacred Chow is a hovel with roaches!

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