The vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is everywhere these days. It's surreal for me to see because I've followed her career for quite some time---starting with her winning appearance on Cupcake Wars---and have cooked my way through her several cookbooks with my mom. Our family is obsessed with Chloe's recipes!
So, when she launched her first restaurant on Bleecker Street, I was incredibly excited to try it out. Before I even had the chance to visit, she had already opened two more locations and, most recently, Sweets by Chloe which is situated next door to the flagship location in the West Village.
On my first trip, I ordered the avocado pesto pasta because it happens to be my very favorite recipe from Chloe's cookbooks. I've since tried the mac + cheese, classic burger, and air-baked french fries with beet ketchup. You guys, beet ketchup is unexpectedly delicious. You've gotta try it.
While at the Bleecker location, there was a fairly long wait for the food. It wasn't a problem at all---we were enjoying sitting outside at a table and happy that Chloe is seeing so much success, especially from people who don't even consider themselves vegan. However, her staff was kind enough to let us have our food for free because of the wait. Plus, they gave us a few free treats! So, I was able to try the "Chlostess" cupcake (another recipe I've made at home), matcha babka, and a few other desserts.
At the Flatiron location, I tried Chloe's kale-cookies-and-cream ice-cream, which I had heard about previously and was intrigued to try. It was delicious! It may sound a bit odd and it has a slightly green tinge but you don't taste the kale and would never know that it was vegan.
By Chloe has rapidly expanded and now has locations in New York, Boston, and Silver Lake. Next time you're in one of those areas, I highly suggest that you try something (or everything) on the menu whether or not you follow a "vegan" diet.