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Café Blossom

Food: 4.454.45
Atmosphere: 4.344.34
Service: 4.074.07

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466 Columbus Avenue
New York   NY 10024
Fax: 212-875-2600
Café Blossom website

Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $10-$15)

Accepted Payments:

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Hours:

Daily, from 9am to 10:30pm

Directions:

Between West 82nd and 83rd Streets. Take the B or C to 81st Street - Museum of Natural History station.

Delivery notes:

Café Blossom delivers.

Notes:

Sister restaurant of the Chelsea vegan restaurant Blossom.

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User Reviews of Café Blossom

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 4.454.45
Atmosphere: 4.344.34
Service: 4.074.07
  • Review by alf-redo on March 27, 2011:

  • perhaps the worst raw food i've paid for in a restaurant. i'm currently eating the raw pasta dish. at first i was very disappointed by how small the portion was but after eating some of this bland, coagulated pesto i'm kind of glad there isn't more. and thats all it is - zucchini noodles and bad pesto with a couple of red bell pepper strips. i also have the raw sweet potato roll appetizer. at least it was visually appealing, but pretty eh taste-wise, the sauce for the roll was good. i can't comment on atmosphere or service since i did pick up. after spending $30 i'm going to have to go to duane reade across the street for some fruit or something. i was looking forward to trying blossom du jour's raw stuff but if this is an indication i'll stick to rawstar or try out rock n raw
  • Food: 22
  • Review by juls on August 6, 2010:

  • I came here for brunch and got the vegan chocolate chip pancakes - they were soooooooooo good and I also enjoyed one of the best tasting soy lattes I've ever had :)
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by JohnathanK on June 13, 2010:

  • What a great place this is!
    From the food, to the service, to the decor. You can tell the owners/management care about what they're presenting all around. My wife and I shared the Polenta Cakes appetizer, then she had an AMAZING Tofu Entree and I had the Pasta which was in an incredible, get this Blueberry Cream Sauce. Yum, I'm still thinking about that! Seriously out of this world. One of the most important things Blossom does, and they do it well, is get across the message that they truly care about animals. They support so many animal groups and aren't afraid to say it. As stated on their menus "Blossom Cares About Animals First and Foremost". Isn't this really what veganism should be all about?
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by stevenreichert on June 3, 2010:

  • The food here is just not on par with the more creative eateries in town. I think that the ratings others have given this restaurant are too generous. The energy of the cafe is a bit chaotic, so I don't feel coddled or soothed.

    The quinoa salad, a healthy mix of the grain with white beans, sits on a bed of watercress. The dressing is predominantly mustard flavor, lacking a depth that could have made this a standout salad. However, the dollop of guacamole with chunks of mango is quite inspired.

    The Moroccan tempeh entree is amaturish. I am puzzed by the ketchup-like sauce which coats the tempeh. Surrounding the tempeh is a homogenous mote of chick peas and eggplant. I struggled with this dish after the first bite because the flavor wasn't interesting or complex enough to hold my attention, and made for a tedious eating experience.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by madonna816 on May 19, 2010:

  • I went to NYC over the weekend for AIDS Walk New York, and while there, I planned to hit a number of vegan eateries. The 1st place that I intended to hit was Candle 79. My 1st stop was a nearby gallery so it seemed like the perfect place to start with, however it was 4:30 and they didn't open for dinner until 5:30. They did try to send me to their sister cafe, but after reading the reviews, I didn't want to chance having a poor experience, since I would only be having so many meals over the two days that I would be there. So, next up, Cafe Blossom! Service was pleasant... not anything to write home about, but nothing to really gripe about either (biggest issue: I ate there 2 days in a row & had 2 different servers. Neither checked in with me after serving my entree. I was happy so not a huge deal, but it is a key part of service). As for atmosphere, it was cute & clean, but a bit sterile. However, the real reason for my visit was the food! That said, I began with the Crostini Tapas, which were good. I did find the bread to be a little TOO crusty... yes, I know that it should be crusty, but it was to the point that it was difficult to truly enjoy each topping.

    The Southern Seitan Sandwich, to which people should build alters and worship the seitan, was next! I have spent quite a bit of time in the south & LOVE southern flavors. Not only did Cafe Blossom get the flavor right, they breaded and fried it to absolute perfection!!! I seriously wanted to crawl up into the fetal position and cry with joy over what I was tasting. To boot, the avocado that they put on it gave it a lovely balance. Heaven! I ordered it with the sweet potato fries, which were yummy, for sure, though nothing truly special.

    I was doing it up my weekend right so I ordered dessert. Not to offend Vegan Treat lovers, but I got the carrot cake & have to say that it was just good, not great. It was even a little dry. Having had great vegan carrot cake (from Cafe Indigo. It's being sold at various Whole Foods stores near you. Google them!) I just couldn't get super excited. Sorry.

    BTW, at the beginning of my meal, I asked my server if I could get the mocha coffee, iced, to which they were very accommodating & it was super sinful!

    Now, having had the best darn seitan sandwich in the world, I HAD to make a point of going back for another (as previously mentioned). It was just as delectable as the 1st! I need to find a way to have that thing same-day shipped to me! Awesomeness! However, I opted for the "salad," instead of the fries. Wish I hadn't. The so-called salad was a small pile of green leaves, with a very sweet dressing that appeared to have just been poured through the center (the leaves were otherwise dry), which then ran all over the bottom of my beloved sandwich. CB would be better off lightly tossing the greens, before plating...and not calling it a salad.

    Since I didn't get a starter, opted for the "salad," and had just walked a 10K, and since my trip was about to end, I again ordered dessert. This time, chocolate cake. Now that was much more satisfying! Again, the cake itself, though good, was not special, and definitely not as moist as it should have been. However, the beautiful mouse that they frosted it with, and then that layer of chocolate on top...all was forgiven! MUCH more worthy of the calories than the carrot cake.

    Additionally, I'd made a promise to my beloved that I would bring treats home so I got 2 chocolate chip cookies & 2 raw oatmeal raisin cookies to go. Retched would describe the oatmeal raisin. Sweet mini hockey pucks. The chocolate chip cookies had a nice level of sweetness, and they certainly were awesome in the size department, but again, they lacked moisture. Both cookies crumbled as we tried to eat them. That said, even though the cookies at Cocoa V had perfect moisture & nice chocolate chunks, the flavor on the ones @ Cafe Blossom (aka Vegan Treats) was much better.

    ALL of that said, RUN to Cafe Blossom & order the Southern Seitan Sandwich!!! Before going, make sure that you bring tissues for your tears of joy!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by gmjohnso on May 8, 2010:

  • The food was delicious and, hands down, the best we had in our visit to New York. The seitan was succulent and crispy, topped off with a nice aioli. Their cake was moist and fresh. But without a doubt, the best part of our meal was the Butterfinger Shake. I haven't had a butterfinger in 10 years, but that shake tasted spot on. The waitstaff were nice, and the atmosphere was warm and inviting, yet still private.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by Holly on April 15, 2010:

  • I totally agree with the prior review! I also went to Cafe Blossom with 2 friends last night and enjoyed some of their new dishes IMMENSELY! We all shared a few appetizers; the Seitan Ravioli and the Beet Carpacio - both were amazing. Then I had the Stuffed Portobello and both of my friends had the Dijon Grilled Tofu - it was all seriously incredible. It was really busy there and we had to wait a bit for a table but needless to say it was well worth the wait!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by JaneKaffit on April 15, 2010:

  • I go to Cafe Blossom about once a month, I went there last night and they just changed the menu, the food there was always good, but I must say, after last night they are number one in my book. My boyfriend and I shared everything a tofu in some dijon sauce and a new seitan dish that was so.....good and one salad, really the best. I can't wait to go back and try more things. The place was so busy and they have some out door seatings now.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by JanetG on March 19, 2010:

  • Hard to believe that this place has been open for a couple of years and I only "found" it last week because I was seeking an UWS vegan place to eat at before an UWS performance. The mushroom cigar appetizer, quinoa salad, seitan entrees and carrot cake dessert were first-rate. Given the prices it's probably good that I don't live so close by, because, except for the Candles, i think they're serving the best vegan chow in town.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Sam C on January 9, 2010:

  • MORE VEGAN PASTA ALFREDO. I yearn for this dish.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by turtledog on January 6, 2010:

  • Had dinner here awhile ago. The servers were very unhelpful and unfriendly. The food is ok but not good enough for the prices. Would choose another restaurant before returning here
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by angelabrowneyes on November 9, 2009:

  • I took an omnivore here. He loved it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by spiffyjets on October 21, 2009:

  • Blossom is amazing!!!! i go there at least 2 times every week. the food is awesome, the fake meet and cheese and chicken and stuff is totally amazing!!! i love this place!!!

    food: 5
    Atmosphere: 5
    Service:4
  • Review by beanmail on October 19, 2009:

  • Finally tried the "real" food here after many visits for brunch and dessert.

    The Morroccan Tempeh entree was outstanding, and the black eyed pea cakes were delicious as always, albeit a little different than Blossom. The Fettucini Alfredo was very good even though I'm not a fan of fettucini in general. The burger was delicious, but mushy and served on toast instead of a bun (boo).

    Fries were good, cajun sweet potato fries not as spicy as expected, potato salad good, and cole slaw terrific.

    Overall I'd have to say that while Chelsea Blossom's menu is smaller, the offerings are more suited to my tastes and I found the staff to be much friendlier.

    Get thee a Woodstock Farm Sanctuary membership and save yourself 15% off the bill!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by seagull on September 14, 2009:

  • I'm perplexed by some of the poor reviews here, because that wasn't my experience at all. Loved the fett. alfredo! And, to my surprise they have a soft serve ice cream machine. Had the chocolate-coconut it was excellent!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by VeganScot on August 23, 2009:

  • During a recent trip to NYC from Scotland with my family we spent most of a day in central park (loved it there) before seeking out Cafe Blossom which we knew was nearby. We made a list of places before we left home where we could get vegan food, which we took from this website by the way, and Cafe Blossom was one of many. Personally speaking this was my favourite. The food was great, especially the Barbequed Skewers, and the Scrambled Tofu was delicious too. I was too full to eat any dessert. I loved the place and the service was excellent from friendly staff. The presentation of the food was excellent, as it was wherever we ate to be honest. If we'd had more time or were anywhere near the area again during our week long stay, we would have come back for sure.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by calcuhater on August 20, 2009:

  • the food is generally good here, but it's a little disappointing that a vegan restaurant of this caliber serves a freaking boca burger. for $12, no less.
    sheesh, blossom - make your own damn burger!
  • Review by beanmail on April 28, 2009:

  • 2 omnis & I went to brunch and all three left happy and full. We would have returned later in the day for dinner and dessert if we could have.

    Berry pancakes were the clear winner over the french toast, both served with fresh & delicious fruit but needing something else to add pizzazz to the plate. Saw the tofu scramble at another table & wished I had room leftover.

    Mimosa, i/c shake, and float were all delicious. Also had a scrumptious cookie & muffin, but they were hiding behind the counter; why so secretive?

    The servers were genuinely friendly and personable; the manager could have done a quick check-in, though, as the personalities of his staff are holding him to a very high standard.

    Every dish we saw emerge from the kitchen looked picture-perfect & delicious.

    Space is minimalist and clean, but the chairs need cushions (my poor hiney)!

    As for the Cafe Blossom vs. Candle 79 debate I'll just say that- while I am a fan of 79, CB is much less pretentious.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by Vegan_Noodle on January 16, 2009:

  • I've been here twice and was impressed both times.. first for brunch and then lunch. Definitely try their "bacon cheeseburger" and wash it down with one of their shakes! Cookies are nothing special though...
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on December 31, 2008:

  • I have tried to eat here, but I just can't seem to get a seat! I have only heard great things about it. Hence I am in no position to judge (yet)! But if one vegan burger joint opened up across the street from me in one direction this week and then another vegan burger joint opened up across the street from me in the other direction, I would cry "I've finally gone to Heaven!".
  • Review by megatofu on December 28, 2008:

  • We went to see a movie on the UWS and were too lazy to cross town to go to Candle Cafe or Candle 79, so we tried Cafe Blossom. We were pleased. Despite my previous statement, we didn't go there expecting to eat Candle fare and we weren't disappointed. The space is well laid out and not crowded, which was a pleasant surprise. I ordered the seitan sandwich, which was good. The cajun fries weren't oily and the portion size was more than enough. My partner had the porcini tofu, which was a little bit dry but flavorful. The cornmeal encrusted mushrooms were tasty and the dipping sauce was delicious. We shared a piece of moist carrot cake and will go back again.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by BankBank on November 12, 2008:

  • In summation: tasty food, boring location, moderate-to-high prices.

    I had a cajun seitan sandwich that was very, very similar to the one over at candle cafe. Nothing wrong with that, it tasted good. A generous portion of sweet potato fries were also provided, which was nice, except that I ordered the spicy sweet potato fries. Oh well. I shouldn't be eating fries anyway. "Carol, I thought you were on a diet?" "LAY OFF ME, I'M STARVING!" I asked a busboy for some aioli and he gave a fast "sure" and went and got it. Nice!

    This is definitely not an area I'd go out of my way to visit. I generally find the Upper West Side to be incredibly dull. Regardless, I was pleased to see that a vegan restaurant was pretty busy on a Wednesday on the UWS.

    The food is a decent value, with sandwiches in the 12-14 range and entrees in the 18-21 range. It's certainly not a bargain, but it's not a break-the-bank kinda place.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Deesse100 on August 21, 2008:

  • I was really disappointed with Cafe Blossom. I went once before when they first opened and it was just 'okay.' I figured I'd give them time to tweak but...it wasn't much better the second time around. Service was rushed, even though they weren't busy. We literally sat down and ten seconds later the server came over to take our order! Then the runner brought out our entrees while we were still eating our apps. Our server made an awful dessert recommendation and then never checked back to see how we liked it...probably because he knew it was BAD! He dropped the check before we were finished too. The food was alright, with the exception of the dessert which was horrible. We shared the tapas, polenta and gnocchi. All had decent flavor but there was more sauce and oil then veggies. Not very healthy. And the chocolate terrine was like a hard chunk of bitter sweet chocolate. On the brightside, the space itself is really nice- casual but romantic. As for copying Candle...who cares...it's kind of annoying but you see that all over the place. Overall, the service left a worst taste in my mouth than the food. Choose wisely, and avoid dessert altogether.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 22
  • Review by AlexandraT on July 10, 2008:

  • I dragged my omnivore boyfriend here, and after getting a horrendous stomachache from Candle 79 Cafe he was not looking forward to it. However, he loved it. He had the grain burger and I had a portabello panini with sweet potato fries. Everything from the appetizer to the dessert was delicious, nothing oily, soggy, or tasteless. We are definitely going again..would recommend for any vegan with omnivore friends/relatives..they'll stop asking those abnoxious "just what do you eat" questions after this!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by veganbacos on March 14, 2008:

  • Hey Champurrado, how 'bout a little history lesson. You're probably too young to remember when Candle Cafe opened they were a complete rip off of Angelica Kitchen. From the Lasagna to the Carrot apple snap, to the nori rolls, the Mezze plate, the Soba salad is based off Angelika's udon noodle salad, every single entree has been on or is still on the Angelica menu, and of course the good food plate is exactly the same as Angelica's Dragon bowl! Now both of these restaurants have changed and grown in different ways over the years, for example Candle Cafe now has a lot more seitan in the menu, but there is still a strong resemblance to Angelica Kitchen.

    So let's be fare and look at the facts before we say who ripped off who.

    By the way maybe the Cajun sandwich at Cafe Blossom is $1 more because they give you a mountain of sweet potato fries instead of that 1 ounce container coleslaw at Candle.

    This place is great, and actually I don't see any other resemblances than that sandwich. Also I heard a bunch of the cooks at Candle defected to Blossom, hence the sandwich.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by mkaber on February 19, 2008:

  • On my first trip to New York, i went to several vegan eateries and Cafe Blossom was the definite leader. Service was fast, the staff was very friendly, the food was beautifully prepared and served, and was excellent. I highly recommend the Black Eyed Pea Cake for starters.
    I also notice that several people are comparing Blossom to Candle 79 and Candle Cafe. I went to both over the weekend as well. In Candle Cafe, I had pretty indifferent service, and very cramped seating. However, the food was delicious and the wait time was not extreme. However, in Candle 79, although it was not heavily seated, we waited 20 minutes just for tea (!), 45 minutes for our appetizer and another 20 minutes for our meal. The food was nice, but not nice enough to make up for the wait.
    My friend that i was visiting is not a vegan, and although he preferred the seitan philly that he got at S'Nice, he also liked Cafe Blossom's atmosphere the best. Plus, with it's proximity to the park, it makes a great afernoon.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by keramel on February 16, 2008:

  • On Second Thought~

    I just returned from my second visit to Cafe Blossom and boy what a difference a couple of months have made! The restaurant was nearly full at 6pm, but the service never missed a note.

    I started off with the Argentina Chardonnay, which was light without being sweet or too dry. My dinner companion ordered the roasted red pepper soup. I had the sweet potato with coconut soup. Both came with deliciously toasted bread. The portion is a generous bowl and I loved every bit of this soup. If it's offered, order it! My companion also loved her red pepper soup. Both were gorgeously presented and brought out piping hot.

    My friend had the Veggie Grain Burger and loved the pico de gallo salsa and the hummus along with the burger itself. The portion was large and she ate all of it, except for some of the large bun. I had the spiced seitan sandwich. It's a mix of spicy seitan with perfectly caramelized onions, creamy slices of avocado, and yummy chipotle aioli on soft foccacia bread. The portion is so large that I should have taken half home for lunch tomorrow, but I managed to eat the whole thing because it was so good.

    Our server was friendly, attentive, informative, and always available. The food came out quickly, was always hot, and was beautifully presented.

    This restaurant has really turned around since my first visit. Tonight I had a pitch-perfect evening and can't recommend Cafe Blossom highly enough. It's so great to have a new vegan haven on the UWS.

    As I said in the earlier review, I had the feeling that the restaurant was having a bad evening or going through some growing pains. Those kinks seem to be straightened out and I couldn't be happier about it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by voodoo lady on January 24, 2008:

  • We went to the blossom on the Upper West Side and it was absolutely delicious. I was blown away by the green curry with tofu, and the strawberry shortcake was divine!!!!! Also the "plastic" take-out contaners are completely bio-degradable - made from corn apparently, and their menu is prefaced with a mission statement that they are "animal caring" which is highly commendable, and not often seen.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by veggiegeek on December 30, 2007:

  • Went for the first time with my mom and we were both satisfied with the food. The flavoring was good on mine, but not really dispersed (e.g. I had the cajun fries but the powder wasn't spread out so most of them were plain, the spread on my sandwich was rather flavorless) but the seitan in both of our dishes were well cooked and flavored. overall quite good, but a bit pricey.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by bklynpeter on December 29, 2007:

  • I'll defer to others in terms of which restaurant is ripping off which. What I will say is that I've eaten lunch here twice and both times the food was really good. I had the Cajun Seitan Sandwich one time and the Tofu BLT the other, and both were great. The fries and chocolate shake were great too. On the downside, the prices were pretty high, and the service was a bit slow. They did apologize profusely for the latter saying that they hadn't fully staffed up yet. I will definitely eat here again.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 22
  • Review by elainevigneault on December 15, 2007:

  • I've never eaten inside the restaurant but I've ordered delivery and gotten take-out about five times. The food is always tasty, but sometimes they've gotten the order wrong and the delivery containers are not so good (stuff sloshes around and doesn't look so pretty). Also, the food often needs to be rewarmed after delivery.

    I think they're still working out the kinks at this location. Overall, though, I enjoy their food.
  • Food: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by keramel on December 1, 2007:

  • I really wanted to like Cafe Blossom since I live on the UWS and am strictly vegan. I've never been to the Chelsea Blossom, so I can't compare. I have been to (and really like--just so you know my tastes): Candle 79, Candle Cafe, Hangawi, Red Bamboo, Zen Palate, Zenith, and Gobo west.

    Okay, so this is my assessment of my FIRST trip to Cafe Blossom. Take it for what it's worth.

    I went in thinking I was going to order the cajun seitan sandwich because I LOVE it at Candle Cafe. But when our waiter said the special was really amazing, I thought I'd try it. It was a seitan scallopini with mashed potatoes and swiss chard. My bf ordered the soy parmesean sub, on the recommendation of a mutual friend.

    I was happy the waiter let me try two wines after he informed us they were out of the Pinot Noir. But I was unhappy to realize after we'd left that I was charged $11 for a glass of Merlot that was marked $9 on the menu. Bait and switching's not cool. Yes, I should've checked it better when I was there before I paid, but I was a little tipsy from my glass. . .so I missed it. Plus the fact that our waiter asked to "close us out" asap (before we'd finished our drinks and while other diners were still eating dinner in the restaurant) while he STOOD THERE watching us divide up the bill!!!

    My seitan was. . .a bland mass of oily mush. It seriously had no taste at all. I saw capers, but I didn't taste any . . . even when I just ate a caper by itself. How the chef managed to do that, I don't know.

    There wasn't any salt or pepper on the table, so I just ate the meal as it was. Luckily the swiss chard was OVERseasoned, so I just put a bite of swiss chard on every bite of seitan.

    My bf felt his sandwich was also bland. He could barely taste tomato in the sauce on the seitan, and besides being fried. . .there wasn't any taste to the soy pattie on his sub. The soy cheez didn't add much except decoration either.

    We both liked our sweet potato preparations. He got cajun sweet potato fries with his sandwich; I got mashed sweet potatoes with my meal. (Altho, I did wonder why they put oregano in my mashed potatoes. . .I've never had it in potatoes before. It didn't really mind it, but it was odd.)

    Okay, back to the bill. So I was overcharged for my wine, two dollars. And I'll share fault for that. My special. . .was a whopping $23 bucks. Four dollars more than the most expensive entree. Now, our waiter didn't tell me the price before I ordered it, but then again I didn't ask. It's a little gauche for me to ask, but again I should have. I'm on a limited budget.

    So my total came to $34. . .plus two dollars tax: $36 pre-tip. With the customary 18%, we were at $43 bucks for a bland, unsatisfying, and rushed meal.

    I'm very disappointed.

    I'll return, but I'll get the cajun seitan sandwich as recommended here (based on the fact that reviewers have said the sandwich tastes like Candle's). . .and I'll get it to go! Oh, and I'll double check the bill!!!

    In a nutshell, based on this one experience: overpriced and forgettable food. :(
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 22
  • Review by missbuddha on November 20, 2007:

  • I have said those exact things since Cafe Blossom opened. And each time I've gone it is really busy- supply and demand- the West Side needed some great vegan food. It does feel like such a blantant ripping off of Candle's business plan and menu. I agree completely with champurrado's review. I live on the West side and I totally give my buisness to Blossom..
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by pea23 on November 19, 2007:

  • I completely agree with your comparison. I KNOW. I work here. And I don't understand it either.
  • Review by champurrado on November 17, 2007:

  • Is it just me or is Blossom totally trying to rip off Candle Cafe/Candle 79? Not only do they now have "Cafe Blossom" to complement their original restaurant, but the menus are so similar--the juices, sandwiches, seitan, etc. Last night I had the Cajun Seitan Sandwich here, which is EXACTLY the same as Candle Cafe's Cajun Seitan Sandwich--the seitan, the chipotle mayo, the caramelized onions and avocado, and yes, even the name (though it's a dollar cheaper at Candle). Don't get me wrong, I adore Candle 79 and Candle Cafe so I don't really mind it being copied over on the West side, especially since this area needs more vegan options. I'm just not sure whether I should celebrate or criticize this kind of overt plagiarism.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44

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