New York City doesn’t lack for much, leastwise in the dining category. Still, when you’re not actually in the borough of Manhattan, your options (especially in the public transportation department!) diminish ever so slightly.
In Manhattan, a raw/vegan eater has more options than she could try in a year. Sadly, the same can’t be said of Brooklyn. No, I didn’t become a raw/vegan eater since you last visited this blog, but I do live in Brooklyn! I want all of Manhattan’s options on my home doorstep, not just at work. Brooklyn’s large size means it’s asking a bit much to have all the best (and most diverse) restaurants on my street, but I won’t begrudge the 15-minute subway ride I took tonight, because I was very excited to learn of Sun in Bloom’s opening. Brooklyn’s newest raw eatery!
Sarah and Vani joined me for dinner tonight, and we soon experienced a bit of deja vu—it was the very same restaurant where we had dinner just before Emily moved away! At the time, it was called Organic Heights, and I was less than impressed with my garden variety salad. (Pun intended, always.)
Clearly, the restaurant has come under new ownership (and cheffery), however, and happily so! All options are high-raw and organic. I chose the “Rockin’ Veggie” salad, though its contents could have been rolled up in collards or an Ezekiel wrap, had I preferred it that way.
It was described as a salad topped with various roasted veggies, live hummus and Sun in Bloom’s sauerkraut, tossed in a lemon vinaigrette.
Well, at least I got the hummus…
…which was completely delicious. I think it must have been a zucchini-tahini-nut combination of some sort. But yeah, the rest of the salad was simply raw vegetables—none of the roasted-ness or sauerkraut-edness promised by the menu.
Luckily, that’s exactly what I was craving, so I didn’t mind, but it’s clear that this restaurant has just opened and is still finding its “sea legs,” so to speak. Hopefully it survives long enough to do so! Check out the rest of their menu, which I received in a promotional email:
Breakfast Inspired All Day Delights
Heavenly Tofu Scramble
Daily aphrodisiac blend of vegetables and tofu with refreshing greens or grain of the day.
Energizing Macro A.M. Burrito
Beans of the day, brown rice, tofu scramble, fresh salsa with a kick and avocado slices.
Heart Warming Cereal
Warm cereal of the day with fresh seasonal fruit and a dribble of raw honey.
Irresistible Live Granola
A sweet and sour pick-me-up served with coconut kefir yogurt.
Guiltless Morning Treats
Sweet & savory muffin selections of the day.
Wraps, Sandwiches & Salads
All wraps served in your choice of lettuce, collard greens, Ezekiel wraps, on Ezekiel bread, Eric’s Live bread or on a bed of mesclun greens and a special taste of SIB’s revitalizing raw sauerkraut.
Sesame-ginger marinated Portobello, avocado, caramelized onions with sprouts and mesclun dressed in SIB’s fresh live tahini dressing.
Live hummus and roasted vegetables (bell peppers, zucchini, carrots) with a mix of sprouts, cucumber, cabbage and dressed in SIB’s fresh live tahini dressing and invigorating lemon vinaigrette.
“Full On” Southwestern Burrito
Zesty sunflower “meat” with fresh salsa, avocado slices, a mix of cabbage, zucchini and sprouts dressed in SIB’s famous live ranch dressing.
SIB’s famously delicious live burger with cabbage, fresh tomatoes, caramelized onions with your choice of the Kitchen’s fresh dressings.
Sarah had the Southwestern Burrito, and I had a bite of the filling—amazing! It was startlingly similar to the flavor of typical taco meat fillings, which I grew up loving.
Sun in Bloom will be featured on Fox’s morning show tomorrow, so here’s hoping it gets some good press!
How’s the restaurant selection in your neighborhood?