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Blossom

Food: 4.114.11
Atmosphere: 4.444.44
Service: 4.414.41

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187 Ninth Ave
New York   NY 10011
(212) 627-1144
Blossom website

Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $20+)

Accepted Payments:

  • Visa
  • ·
  • Mastercard

Hours:

Dinner: 5:30pm-11pm.

Directions:

Between 21st and 22nd Streets.

Delivery notes:

Blossom does not deliver.

Notes:

Cafe by day; candle lit swanky restaurant by night reservations recommended in the evening.

Sister restaurant of Upper West Side vegan restaurant Café Blossom.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on November 4, 2010.

User Reviews of Blossom

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.114.11
Atmosphere: 4.444.44
Service: 4.414.41
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on May 4, 2011:

  • I have eaten at Blossom once. Even though I tried to eat here three times but, was turned away because I did not have a reservation. I took one of my best friends there as a treat when I finally remembered to make a reservation. We were treated nicely, we liked the decor very much, but the food was definitely lacking. I had an appetizer of ravioli in cashew cream sauce which my friend tasted and we both agreed that it was just "okay" - I have made better cashew cream sauce at home and I would never get hired as even a lowly Line Cook. I tasted my friend's appetizer and felt that it was not even as okay as mine, I felt so bad and felt like she forced herself to smile while eating it. We decided to just get one entree and share so we could go elsewhere for desert. I forget what the exact title of the entree was but, it was a seitan dish - again, I felt that I have done better myself and I'm no chef. Everything was served at room temperature and not hot. My overall impression of the food here was that it is bland and nothing special despite the price, while not comparing it to any similar establishment. I hope that they have since improved.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 33
  • Review by VeganMike on March 24, 2011:

  • One of the best places to go for upscale fine vegan dining. The food was amazing and service was excellent. The atmosphere is very nice and pleasant. I got the chocolate ganche dessert that was SO good that I did not believe it was vegan (not that vegan desserts are all bad). It was super rich and tasted amazing...possibly the best vegan dessert I've ever had. If you have the money or are looking for a special dinner, this is the place to go.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by juls on August 6, 2010:

  • Every time I've been here the food has been amazing. Make sure you get the Parsnip Cappelletti appetizer. It is one of the best tasting things that I have EVER eaten. The wait staff are always informative, professional, and friendly. My only complaint would be that it's too dim, which is saying something because I enjoy dim light, but if they were to raise the lights ever so slightly it'd be perfect. Highly reccomended though.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by EatinVeganNYC on June 16, 2010:

  • Southern Seitan Sandwich
    Easily one of the best sandwiches I have ever eaten. The seitan filets (about three in the sandwich) are lightly breaded and well seasoned, with a spicy, smoky flavor. The seitan protein itself is firm but still moist. The chipotle mayo is excellently balanced, between the muted heat of its eponymous smoked jalapeņo, the fatiness of the creamy base, and a slight sweetness, perhaps of agave. The other sandwich components include caramelized onions, adding a tangy yet molasses flavor, and several slices of creamy avocado round out the flavor profile nicely. The ciabatta roll containing the whole affair is fresh and warmly toasted, soft with nice pockets that lightly absorbs the fat of the other components.
    Check out my full review of lunch with photos at
    EatinVeganNYC Blossom
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by lucifly on May 8, 2010:

  • 5 starrrz
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by bigolgirl on April 16, 2010:

  • Love this place. Go way too much for what my budget allows, but what the hell?! The port wine seitan is my go to dish (it's sooooooo good), and all the appetizers are phenomenal. My favorite is the parsnip cappelletti; nice and salty like mama likes it! Staff is wonderful and sweet, but make sure you make a reservation!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by beanmail on September 28, 2009:

  • Usually, I proudly visit the UWS cafe location for brunch, shakes & cookies, but Chelsea Blossom's more lunch oriented menu forced me to eat "real" food. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

    The black eyed pea and potato appetizer was amazing, as was the ravioli in cream sauce. The salad was fresh, light, and huge. Finally, the Phyllo Roulade was beyond description: hearty, generous, and delicious.

    Blossom is not pretentions like Candle 79 and I found the dishes to be more inventive, better spiced, larger, and overall: infinitely better. They don't try too hard in an attempt at being considered avant garde, but they aren't afraid to play with spices and tastes (both the black eyed pea cake and phyllo roulade had a subtle and satisfying Indian flair). You leave feeling satisfyingly full of real, good food with flavors you couldn't duplicate at home.

    Finally, they are "...first and foremost animal caring"! If you are a member of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, they happily offer a 15% discount with a great big smile and a genuine thank you for helping the animals right along with them. I'd rate them a 10 if I could.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by seagull on September 14, 2009:

  • Gourmet vegan dining in an elegant warm atmosphere. I will cry if they take the parsnip appetizer off the menu. It was amazing! The seitan dishes are always great, and the desserts as well.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by DJ CARIMO on July 31, 2009:

  • WAY WAY OVERPRICED FOR WHAT YOU GET!
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by stevenreichert on June 18, 2009:

  • I visited Blossom for dinner after browsing the galleries in Chelsea. A sign in front of the restaurant advertised "Best Vegetarian Restaurant," so my expectations were high.

    To start, I ordered the Black-Eyed Pea Cake. More potato than black-eyed peas, the single cake looked a bit lonely on the plate, but was crusty, warm, and comforting. The cake was topped with a creamy, zesty, chipotle sauce, but it's strong peppery flavor eventually overpowered the subtleness of the cake.

    For my entree, I had the Seitan Scallopini. The strips of seitan had a wonderful flavor and a moist, chewy texture. Stacked underneath were garlicy kale and mashed potatoes, which were too thin to work well here. The entire dish was swimming in a lemon, white wine, and caper sauce. The sauce was indeed flavorful and aromatic, but it's consistency was too thin and made the kale soggy.

    The dining room is small, simple, and quiet. I felt a little claustrophobic in the small room with no windows to open on a cool summer evening.

    There is much to like about Blossom, but based on my single visit, it didn't stand out as the city's "Best."
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by caroline.goldwyn on May 25, 2009:

  • I prefer to eat out vegan whenever I go out for dinner. This restuarant was highly recommended but the meal we had was horrible! The cold soup tasted like a jar of baby food, The rest of the meal was just as bad and we left there hungry.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by PlomeekSoup on December 5, 2008:

  • There seem to be two opinions about Blossom: either it's good, or Candle 79 is better.

    I agree with both sentiments. Blossom is delicious, but seems like the preferred destination for a more stuffy clientele. I also don't think they need to mimic other fancy pants restaurants with the need to serve small portions, whereas Candle 79 bucks this trend with a lighter atmosphere and larger portions for a very similar price range.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by emily on June 20, 2008:

  • really great! we had the seitan satays.. mmmm.. delicious! i had a salad that was scrumptious! my husband had the veggie burger.. and was shocked that it was just a boca burger.. i mean seriously if you're going to charge that much at least make the burger! not like it's hard! anyway.. the roll and fries made up for the burger.. it was still really great.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by MollyG on May 31, 2008:

  • As my boyfriend said: "Amazing!".

    To start we shared the ravioli with cashew cream. It was as incredible as all of the other reviews said. I wanted to lick the plate clean too! It was so creamy and unlike anything I could create in my own kitchen. For his entree, my boyfriend had the savory seitan which was excellent. The potatoes on the dish were the best he or I had ever had. The roasted tomatoes hiding in the potatoes were incredible. I had the seitan scallopini which was also excellent. Not lemony enough for my taste, but I like my food REALLY lemony. The capers, and kale in my dish were very good, though. For dessert we shared the berry maple tart. It was excellent, creamy and mapley in a phylo cup with fresh strawberries on top.

    We got excellent service, everything came out very quickly and our water was refilled promptly. Overall we loved our dinner.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by veganbacos on March 14, 2008:

  • I've been to all of these restaurants in the top ten on this site, and I thought this was the nicest overall experience. Candle 79 was great too though I sensed a bit of an arrogance there. Snice is great for what it is, but what it is is a coffee shop that has some decent wraps and amazing cupcakes.

    By54 is right that ravioli is awesome, it's soo creamy. I had the savory seitan entree which was the best entree I've had at any of these places. The service was fine. The ambiance was also the best. They have a fire place, come on! This is definitely my first choice.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by by54 on January 1, 2008:

  • Being by myself and also a novice to veganism, it was with some trepidation that I entered Blossom last Saturday night. I was immediately put at ease by the welcoming wait staff and the comfortable, relaxing decor and atmosphere. My meal got off to a great start with the soup of the day, an excellent white bean, rich and flavorful without being heavy. I then ordered the ravioli appetizer, a spinach, pine nut and mushroom combination in a cashew cream sauce so delicious that I would have licked the plate clean had I been at home. My main course, feijoadinha with smokey roast tempeh in a stew of black beans, squash and sweet potatoes, was a spicey delight. I decided to round off my meal with a dessert of apple-cinnamon sticks in caramel sauce. Be warned, this dessert comes with a side scoop of vanilla ice cream. But if you're not strictly vegan, this dessert is well worth making some room for, just heavenly. My service was attentive and courteous throughout without being overbearing. Overall, a great evening for me, and it only made me want to pursue veganism further and come back again soon to this restaurant in particular, hopefully with company the next time.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Andrew Phillip Tipton on December 25, 2007:

  • First of all, this place is no Candle 79...not even close.
    That is not to say that I didn't enjoy myself, I did, a lot.
    The seitan with potatoes in red sauce was dreamy...but for the price I was expecting a little bit more umph. The green beans were perfect, but I think most green beans are perfect. The pom juice seemed like it was cut with grape juice, which was a bummer.
    The waiter was very nice, and attentive.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by nirvana on December 4, 2007:

  • I've had the pleasure of dining at this warm, cozy restaurant a dozen or so times. There has been the occasional "disappointing" dish but only because I hold Blossom up to the lofty standards of Millennium in San Francisco & Candle Cafe in NYC; the restaurants I rank #1 & #2 in the country. The all organic menu is a major flavor booster & the chef allows the natural flavors of vegetables to keep their identity with the light touch of amazing sauces & seasonings. The wine list is short but has a nice variety. The desserts are beautiful & flawless. Each has an explosion of flavor & remarkable texture. I strongly recommend order all of them regardless of the size of your party.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by knuckle sandwich on December 3, 2007:

  • I can't believe how much they can charge for some mushy, bland tempeh. Tempeh is one of my favorite things, and I was surprised at how bad it was. The place was nice, the service was great, but the food was unimpressive. Definitely not worth the money.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by Massif on November 19, 2007:

  • this place is rad and the food is amazing. kinda on the pricey side, but totally worth it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by ko1974 on July 5, 2007:

  • i went to blossom for the first time a few months ago and had heard such awesome things about their seitan recipes. mine was way too salty and I think mine at home is better.=) the tofu salad was really good. i didn't even stay for dessert because the air conditioning was on so high , i was freezing. so i walked down to lifethyme and had a yummy tofutti ice cream instead. this place could get a little more creative with their menu. i would try it again.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Patrick Kwan on June 6, 2007:

  • I was at Blossom last night and I'm sadly quite disappointed. It used to be soooo much better.

    I walked into the restaurant and told the host or whoever he was that I was waiting for two friends who were running a little late. His phone rang in the middle of our conversation and he put his finger to my face with a "Shhh" gesture! I was so freaking shocked. If I were a waiter and had a customer right in front of me, I'd let the phone wait and finish the conversation. He also could have just said "excuse me."

    Our waiter was nice though, which is why I'm not giving it a rating of "1" for lousy service.

    I was underwhelmed by all of the food we had ordered.

    The most offensive though, was the Carnival tempeh which was warm on the outside, but it seemed like the tempeh was frozen and not thawed before cooking, so the inside had this somewhat cold liquid on the inside.

    And they also took off my favorite dessert from the menu - the pineapple crepe. I don't think I'll be back at Blossom for a while. Urgh.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 22
  • Review by veganphilly on May 18, 2007:

  • AMAZING savory seitan. I disagree with not giving enough as a portion, I thought it was the perfect size, and left us just enough room to share an out of this world Chocolate Ganache.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by chrisjs on April 16, 2007:

  • Blossom's food is really great. The South Asian Lumpia is really really good and flavorful. Crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside. We also got the Porcini Filet and Savor Seitan and Herbed Potatoes. Can't remember who got which as they are quite similar, but very good. Next time my wife and I won't both order a seitan dish for variety's sake.

    The only negative we can think of is the food is not very filling for the price you pay. And they don't seem to list their hours of operation anywhere.

    I would recommend this restaurant to someone who is going to be in Chelsea, but overall I think its NYC's #3, behind Candle Cafe and Gobo.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by rtamar on November 12, 2006:

  • The best Vegan restaurant in the city. Candle 79 is great, but if I had to choose one,I would choose Blossom. Not for people that like bland food. This is truly a great addition to the Vegan comunity. Friday and Saturday you will need to reserve a table, I was there twice on a Friday night and couldn't get in.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by dustinbuster on July 19, 2006:

  • Blossom, for me, is a good restaurant that has the *potential* to be great once all of the kinks are worked out on the menu. My dining experience there was uneven: my entree was fantastic, but the appetizer bordered lackluster, leaning toward bad. However, my waiter was amazing: attentive, helpful, but not overbearing. So good in fact, that I forgot about the crappy appetizers by the time the delicious entrees arrived. I'd definitely go again.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by ktmccoy82 on June 2, 2006:

  • I went to Blossom on a Saturday night and it wasn't very crowded. This West Chelsea restaurant is a gem. I had the carrot soup and tofu and beet salad. The tofu was a little dense but I loved the immense flavor of the food and the many unique options.
  • Food: 55
  • Review by juna on June 1, 2006:

  • Blossom is great! Delicious organic vegan food for vegans and non vegans. I eat there at least once a week and get delivery from them at least once a week as well!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55

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