Peacefood Cafe was recommended to us by Leigh at Marvelous Kiddo. She certainly has good taste! We loved our experience at the restaurant. It was amazing that there was always a line for a table during our entire lunch. Maybe that doesn't mean much in crowded New York City. Still, I've always maintained the belief that people being willing to wait for a table is a good thing. The staff was very friendly, and I think the serving time for our meals was acceptable.
The restaurant has a nice selection of fancy teas, etc., but we were there for the food. Of course, a pregnant woman is always there for the food! And even more of course, everything on the menu sounded amazing. It was very hard to come to a decision. I finally settled on a sandwich with lots of fresh vegetables--including my favorite, sprouts! It came with some marinated vegetable sticks on the side. That just might have actually been my most favorite part on the plate. I was pretty sure it was jicama, but the server said it was yuca. Shrug. It really doesn't matter. It was yummy just the same.
Paul also felt challenged and ended up chosing the roasted seasonal vegetable pizza which came out with broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini topped with toasted pine nuts. We aren't fans of cauliflower, but that pizza was very good. Honestly, the crust didn't seem to be strong enough to stay crispy with all the sauce and veggies on top, but often I have the same problem when I make pizza at home. So, I didn't complain.
There's something about New York City, or being pregnant, or just doing the tourist thing that encouraged us to purchase desserts at more than one restaurant. The waiter certainly was the encouragement here, saying the cookie sandwiches were the most popular. I wasn't so convinced, but ordered one anyway while Paul ordered a huge slice of cake. (It had been pre-cut. He knew what he was getting.) At least the cookie sandwich was made with spelt four. I keep thinking the cake was, too. The cake was surprisingly moist and exceptionally rich. The peanut butter cream in the center was unusual. It's good for people who really like "candied" peanut butter. Paul took the leftovers back to the hotel for a late night snack. The chocolate cream in the sandwich cookie floored me. It was beyond incredible. I could really go for someone sharing that recipe for a fantastic vegan dessert. It was the highlight of the meal for me just because it was so unusual.
Thank you, Leigh, for making my last meal in New York (if you don't count the quick fries I grabbed in the airport when the plane was delayed) so incredible. Next time we'll have to go with you.