Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s long awaited plant based abcV is now open in Flatiron’s abc Home & Carpet. abcV’s chef de cuisine is Neal Harden, former chef of Pure Food & Wine. Here Chef Harden is serving up globally inspired vegetarian cuisine.
We had the opportunity to dine at abcV for their opening week. The restaurant currently is only open for breakfast and lunch. The space is inviting, modern, clean, and fresh. The main dining area boasts an open kitchen and is predominately white with a splash of color on the tables and chairs. There are a myriad of gorgeous eclectic chandeliers that line the ceiling. A bold antique Rajasthani style door and a restful Ganesha give the space a yogic vibe to coincide with many of the Vegan menu options.
The space maybe white but there is an array of colors on the plates. Greens greens greens, with pops of red, orange, yellow and purple enhance the colorful dishes on the menu. In addition to the vegetable plates there is an assortment of hearty grains, pastas and sandwiches that make up the menu. You can wake up and begin your day at abcV with breakfast, either sit down or pop into the juice bar or cafe for take away. Start your morning with an energizing drink of maca-cacao shake, a fresh bowl of fruit and an avocado toast. If you are in the mood for something warm and sustaining try the kitchari with yogurt, mint and turmeric. The vegetables really make a grand entrance at lunch. Some of our favorite dishes to try at lunch are the market carrots with stone ground nuts, whole artichoke with Sicilian olive oil and lemon, and the dosa with yogurt, avocado, and sprouts.
For drinks, this is the one time I will tell you not to go for the wine or cocktails, but to try the juices, tonics or shakes, not because I am going for the whole holistic feel of the meal, but because they are just down right creative, delicious, refreshing and flavorful. For beverages we got a little romantic and ordered the restorative tonics, the hubby had Brains( brahmi, gotu, kola, kale, spinach, ginger, lime) and I had the Heart( elderberry, catuaba, damiana blood orange, earl grey). With the assortment of green drinks on the menu, the wine list is not to be overlooked. The wine list complements the menu with a selection of natural and organic wines.
abcV was almost three years in the making, but was worth the wait. Jean-Georges has provided a much needed wellness based restaurant to NYC that is appealing to the masses. Visit abcV this week, it will surely be a vegetarian delight, one that even the most die hard carnivores will find appealing.
38 East 19th St
New York, NY 10003