Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Paulette Cole has done it again with its new addition to the ABC family (ABC Kitchen, ABC Cocina) with ABCV, the V standing for vegetables. This highly-anticipated restaurant opened its doors in March 2017 serving a grab-and-go menu, breakfast and lunch, with dinner coming soon. The chef is Neal Harden who had worked at Pure Food and Wine and M.O.B Brooklyn (both closed, may they rest in peace), so he’s no stranger to creativity with vegetables.
ABCV is located in Union Square with elegant furniture from ABC Carpet and Home (the restaurant’s neighbor and partner). There are pink and white accents that create a dream-like state for the eater. Everything is plant based, non gmo, sustainable, artisanal and organic whenever possible sourced locally and globally from small and family farms.
The breakfast menu is my favorite, with sections of the menu dedicated to a feeling like "energizing and fresh" and "warm and sustaining." Not only does the food make you feel, but it's also beautifully presented like a work of art. Even as something as a chia seed bowl is filled with fresh fruit and colors to bring a dynamic feel to the plate.
There are also menu items that are bursting with strong flavors while mixing interesting textures. The fresh steamed tofu is my favorite breakfast item for its fresh and soft tofu with its crunchy nuts, crispy cauliflower and bursts of spiciness from the harissa.
There are also classic breakfast items like pancakes, avocado toast, and yogurt. Even if they sound like basic menu items you can get anywhere else, ABCV manages to bring together unexpected flavors to make you hungrier with every bite.
ABCV really gives you an experience when eating, and this is even true with its drinks. ABCV's smoothies are given to you in wine glasses, so you can feel fancy and classy no matter the time of day.
I recommend getting a reservation if possible because ABCV is incredibly trendy, but you can also head to the grab and go section of ABCV where you can get coffee, tea, and most importantly, chocolate croissants. These croissants are buttery, flaky, and everything you would expect in a baked good, but vegan! Part of my favorite part of ABCV is sitting in the restaurant and being in the beautiful space, but since they're currently only open for breakfast and lunch on Monday to Friday, the grab and go is a great option for people who don't have time to sit and eat.
38 east 19th street New York, NY 10003