I had phoned ahead a couple of weeks ago to specifically let them know I was going to be with a party and I'd like a vegan meal. At the dinner when orders were being taken I just told the waitress I requested a vegan meal. She asked, "for the appetizer?" I said, "The whole meal, just bring me what you've got," and that was it. Nice and easy.
There were 3 courses. I started with a gazpacho. Crisp, garlic, tomato, oregano. Nice. I almost forgot to take the picture. I could have used something other than soda crackers but I did hit the foccacia and olive oil. I'm still going under the assumption that it's a yeast bread and shouldn't have any animal stuff in it. (Here's where that question about 100% comes in. See my facebook group "NYC Vegans and vegetarians" (that's vegans with an 's'), for the discussion questions).
|I dove right in but remembered the picture before I licked the bowl.|
On to the entree.
Dessert was a sorbet which I found a tad on the sweet side but perhaps that was my anti palate revolting against the visuals of all of the other chocolate desserts.
All in all it was a very thoughtful and creative endeavor by the chefs and aside from a lack of any real protein aside from the veggies fully met all hopes of flavors. I think that if you're going to serve only veggies you have a perfect justification for super sizing portions lest they look like side dishes on a plate but perhaps even more creative would have been to seek out a way to get those proteins in the entree with either a bean or tempeh or seitan selection. I know chef's aren't versed in using these items but it's always a hope, wish and dream that mainstream chef's are locked in a vegan restaurant for a complete service and forced to taste everything that comes out of the kitchen.
Although I wouldn't recommend Crush if you're a vegan searching for a meal I would definitely say that being a vegan at this dinner was a most comforting experience. I hope more chef's can duplicate the flavors offered to me at Crush. Also, I didn't really look at the regular menu and don't know if what I ate was normally offered. I didn't look over and see what I ate as sides on other entrees and I do give great credit for preparing my food especially for me, (or giving me that illusion).