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Comfort Me With Comfort Food

The heavenly Better Than Biscuits & Gravy at Sacred Chow

The heavenly Better Than Biscuits & Gravy at Sacred Chow

Earlier this month I was bedridden for a week from a bad case of a cold/the flu. All I could dream about was all the wonderful comfort foods that NYC has to offer…and fresh pineapples for some reason. Sadly none of the restaurants was within reach from my bed and none of them delivers to my home in Cobble Hill. Urgh.

Here’s what comforts me – not just when I’m sick though. What comforts you?

  • Served only on Saturdays and Sundays during Brunch from 11am to 4pm, the Better Than Biscuits & Gravy at Sacred Chow – it’s two wonderful buttery biscuit halves layered with perfectly steamed greens and tofu scramble with an addicting and delectable white gravy.
  • Caravan Feast at Caravan of Dreams, which is “a hearty platter featuring grilled polenta in mushroom gravy and grilled tempeh topped with tahini, and served with blanched mixed vegetables.” Caravan is probably the only place on earth I’d happily eat tempeh (I hate it).
  • Japanese kabocha pumpkin soups – Buddha Bodai has a creamy butternut squash soup-style one and Wild Ginger has a broth-y one with colorful cubes of kabocha pumpkin and other veggies in a comforting broth highlighted by Chinese parsley. (I’m normally not a fan of Chinese parsley, especially in soups, but it works perfectly here.)
  • Kate’s Joint’s perfect plate of Southern Fried Tofu Cutlets, which comes with their awesome mashed potatoes & gravy and side of veggies (usually either sweet potatoes or sauteed collard greens).
  • Angelica Kitchen’s Soup of the Day (they make the best soup in NYC; skip the miso and bouillon on the menu though) with a slice of their hearty Southern Style Cornbread and Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with their yummy brown rice mushroom gravy.
  • Vegetarian Dim Sum House’s Watercress Soup Dumplings, which are dumplings filled with the tasty Asian green with pieces of veggie ham served in a light broth. Try adding a dash of white pepper to the broth!

If you haven’t tried these, try them out and let me know what you think!


  1. Comment by

    Laura Leslie

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    Patrick, I think you pretty much covered it. The Better Than Biscuits & Gravy is awesome (although it’s not so comforting how they seem to have raised the price every time I go there). The only thing I’d add is pretty much anything from Madras Cafe, especially the spinach soup, dosas, and vegetable korma. (Bonus: their prices are consistently decent and they don’t get way overcrowded and make you sit on weird little chairs like Sacred Chow sometimes does.)

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    on #

    I just wanted to let everyone know that Sacred Chow finally got rid of those weird little chairs! I was there a few days ago, and they had brand new chairs, full-sized chairs that don’t look like they belong in a doll-house.
    I guess the powers that be finally gave in to all the grumbling about the uncomfortable seating. Hooray, now I can enjoy the amazing food without feeling like the vegan Gulliver in Lilliputian land, all hunched over and hovering on those wobbly wicker stools.

  3. Comment by

    Patrick Kwan

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    Wow! That’s awesome news about Sacred Chow! My friends refuse to go to brunch with me at Sacred Chow just because of the stools. And the last time we went, I had to hear them complain about those stools for days after and how I forced them to sit on little kid stools. I don’t know what they were smoking when they put those chairs in.