I’ve been stuck indoors and working through weekends for much of the past few weeks. So when I had a Saturday morning off in the city on a gorgeous Spring day before a set of afternoon meetings, I decided to take full advantage of it. I headed straight to Tribeca to try the food at the new Sun in Bloom location and I’m happy to report that it was a trip that was definitely worth taking. With its primarily vegan and gluten-free menu, I felt like a kid in a candy store. So much choice, and oh so much deliciousness!
I arrived at Sun in Bloom very hungry after a workout at the hotel gym. So for breakfast I opted for the sunrise tofu scramble, which came with brown rice, collards, and black-eye peas. I topped the scramble with some optional avocado and ordered a scaldingly hot cup of green tea to go along with it.
The tofu scramble was surprising. The sweetness of the scramble’s ginger-miso gravy with onions was not at all what I was expecting, but I really loved it. The black-eye peas and rice were both nutty and chewy, and the soft, buttery avocado and collard greens were the perfect complement. It needed just a touch of salt (but then again, I love my sodium), which brought the dish to life . Totally yum. And I felt so healthy eating it too!
It didn’t take me long to decide that one meal from Sun in Bloom that day was not enough, so I also picked up some collard wraps to take home to share with my partner, along with a peanut-butter frosting filled chocolate chip sandwich cookie, a carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting, a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting, and a mini loaf of chocolate chip banana bread. I know what you’re thinking… we didn’t eat it all at once.
The collard wraps were pure love at first bite. I’m a bit of a tempeh reuben fanatic, so there was no way that I was passing up the tempeh reuben collard wrap. It was amazing. With nutty tempeh surrounded by a sweet and tart sauerkraut and a creamy, spectacular live Russian dressing, what more could any girl want? It made me totally happy.
The shitake BLT collard wrap was also really, really good. It had a delicious smoky shitake mushroom bacon, with greens, tomatoes and buttery avocado. Yum, yum, yum. I was definitely left wanting more.
The chocolate chip sandwich cookie is huge – it’s definitely something to share with someone special. The cookies that enrobed a generous helping of peanut butter frosting were perfectly crisp and crunchy and delicious. The filling was a little too sweet for my liking and although it was supposed to be peanut butter, had only the slightest peanut buttery taste. My partner absolutely loved it though and thought it was great.
My absolute favorite treat was the spectacular carrot cupcake with vanilla cream cheese frosting. When I took my first bite, I almost thought I had died and woken up in vegan, gluten-free dessert heaven. The cupcake was perfectly moist and beautifully spiced and the frosting was sweet, zesty, creamy goodness. Perfect from start to finish.
The chocolate chip banana bread was also pretty (okay, really, really) good! I cut it into thin slices and toasted it. Served warm, with a bit of butter, it was a delicious breakfast treat.
The chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting was the disappointment of the pack. To be fair, it was a day and a half old when we ate it and by that time it was dry, crumbly and a bit too dense. The peanut butter frosting was the same as in the cookie: too sweet and only barely peanut buttery. But I ate my half willingly and wouldn’t let one disappointment drag down the pure delight that was everything else.
The menu at the Tribeca location is not extensive as that in Sun in Bloom’s restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn (which I am yet to visit). But it has a really great selection of baked goods, salads, and wraps that is sure to satisfy any hungry vegan. I really loved it and will definitely be back!
Location: Tribeca – Takeaway & Cafe, 165 Church Street, NY, NY 10007
Hours: 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM (M, T, W, Th, F), 9 AM – 6 PM (Sa, Su)