Blossom du Jour: Amsterdam Avenue’s Vegan Dream

Blossom du Jour

I don’t hold it against Blossom du Jour that it resides in a small storefront on lower Amsterdam Avenue that might be more suitable for a dry cleaner’s or a tax accountant’s office.  Having a vegan cafe in my neighborhood is a dream.  And today I got to eat my lunch there, the first of what is sure to be many enjoyable lunches.

Blossom’s counter

With Blossom du Jour in my neighborhood, I can easily see myself embracing once again the vegan lifestyle I foreswore several years back – at least for one day a week (ok, maybe two).  It’s better for me and for the planet, after all.  The only question is what will be my regular lunch of choice from Blossom.  One of their decadent sandwiches?  A healthy wrap?  Or one of their big salads, also healthy but drawn a bit towards decadence with the addition of some smoked tempeh?

Well, that is a decision for next time.  As for my first lunch at Blossom du Jour, I caved.  I went for the first thing on the menu that caught my eye, the Midtown Melt.  Succulent Cajun-spiced seitan with melted vegan cheese, accompanied by guacamole and chipotle mayonnaise, pressed between crusty crunchy slices of bread.  A nice cold Santa Cruz ginger ale went very nicely with the spice from the seitan and the mayo.

Midtown Melt and Santa Cruz ginger ale

The Midtown Melt was very delicious, but it was so large I could only finish about half.  Not to worry.  Being a big fan of leftovers, I wrapped the rest up and bagged it for later, and added a house double chocolate brownie.  There is a Blossom Bakery on 9th Avenue in Chelsea, and if this rich confection is representative of their offerings, I can see that I will be making regular visits there as well.

Blossom’s Awning

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to "The Dairy Free Traveler" blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!) The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl's tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros -- (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.) The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs. Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers -- half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world. Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to "Savoring Gotham" edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).
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