Jean-Georges' third ABC venture for trendy, healthy, vegan eats
Get Jean-Georges involved, and going meat-free gets as easy as ABC! After a much anticipated, long-delayed wait, Jean-Georges Vongerichten finally opened his first all-vegetarian restaurant ABCV in February 2017. I remember when the famous French-New-Yorker chef first announced his project for the third ABC venture – in 2014! Whatever took so long for ABCV to see the light, it was worth it: Jean-Georges found the perfect recipe to make New Yorkers rave for veggies with a capital V!
ABC Kitchen is amongst my all-time favorite restaurants, and what I consider to be the ultimate New York dining spot. ABC Cocina is my go-to for a Margarita girls’ night out. In both restaurants though, most of my favorite dishes are the veggie-based ones. And I’ve already expressed how I love discovering vegan restaurants, so needless to say I couldn’t wait to try out ABCV. Jean-George’s newest venture has the signature ABC vibe and carefully curated, large contemporary space. ABCV’s design details are even more eye-catching that its sister restaurants, with a mainly white toned open space that feels classily minimalist despite the few eccentric pops of color and extravagant chandeliers. The decor sets the tone of what’s to come: it’s modern, it’s fresh, it’s clean.
Dinner served daily – breakfast & lunch only Mon-Fri as of yet
Closing down the dinner service
The best way to describe the food at ABCV is with their own words: take a breather – “plant based, non gmo, sustainable, artisanal and organic whenever possible, locally and globally from small & family farms, towards plant based intelligence, through creativity and deliciousness”. You get the picture, ABCV is healthy, trendy vegetarian dining at its best.
ABCV’s very extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are almost fully vegan apart from a handful of dishes. The New York famed chef has made a habit of going vegetarian at least once a week, one of the many things I have in common with the fellow Frenchie! Jean-Georges is a chef of renown so there are obviously no vegan fads served, but a wide array of perfected, fresh plant-based dishes. ABCV started off as being the spot for super healthy morning breakfast and mid-afternoon power lunches, with all the clean eating faves: the matchas, the chias, the kombuchas, and all that jazz!
“Light & Fresh” vegetables (upper-clockwise): Green Chickpea Hummus with Thai basil ($13); pine nut and lemon, harissa, dried apricot ($14): Stems and sprouts with garlic, basil, sunflower and lemon ($14)
Avocado lettuce cups, toasted cumin, serrano and lime, pepitas ($13)
1 of the signature dishes & must-orders: Whole Roasted Cauliflower, with turmeric-tahini and pistachios ($17)
Whole Roast Cauliflower with the poured warm turmeric-tahini
Stems and sprouts with garlic, basil, sunflower and lemon ($14)
Strawberries, radicchio, saffron vinegar, celery ($14)
Slow Roasted Beets, dijon, avocado puree, chili aioli, pickles, lovage ($13)
More greens! And slow roasted beets
Market Carrots, stone ground nut and seed butter, chilies, lime
2nd order of Market Carrots – loved the stone ground nut and seed butter
Chanterelle, spring onion, asparagus, yuzukosho, egg ($17)
White Asparagus, hearts of palm, vanilla, basil ($17)
Warm Crimini and Morel Mushrooms with Sherry Vinegar, Garlic, Tarragon ($17)
Wild Mushroom Burdock Boodles, tempeh, pickles ($18)
Beluga Lentils, chili oil and black vinegar, new potatoes, broccoli stems, cilantro ($13)
Fried wild rice, spring vegetables, fermented carrot & turmeric, cilantro ($16)
Morel Wonton, spring vegetables, aromatic broth ($21)
Fresh Spinach Spaghetti, broccoli, kale, preserved lemon, garlic, parmigiano, saffron crumbs ($18)
For dinner, it’s the buzzing spot for a satisfying light veggie meal with celebrity spotting written all over it. The dinner scene is filled with beautiful people, yogis and models (I was sitting next to Gisele – she had the “Beauty & Wellness” tasting menu FYI! #youarewhatyoueat). Dishes are creative, colorful and on the light side, with a wide variety of vegetable ingredients. There really is something for everyone. ABCV is great for groups, with all dishes made for sharing, so come with your mindful-eating friends and have as much of the menu as you can, mixing up cold and warm plates and leaving room for their surprisingly addictive vegan matcha crème brulée dessert. ABCV also offers a $48 seasonal tasting menu for dinner, with a selection of signature dishes chosen by the kitchen.
Selection of desserts – the Vegan Matcha Crème Brûlée ($11) is the highlight
I particularly enjoy ABCV‘s beverage offerings, with great refreshing cocktails, restorative tonics, and cold pressed organic juices of course. And of course their wine list focuses on natural, ecological and biodynamic viticulture (duh).
Takeouts for weekday breakfast and lunch only
Like all ABC establishments, the reservation system can be arrogant. Getting a table at ABCV takes a lot of patience and anticipation, and I recommend calling rather than just relying on online booking. But you don’t necessarily need a seating to enjoy the best of ABCV – the restaurant is also a great spot for takeout, for breakfast, lunch or a healthy snack. This would totally be the sort of place I would make of daily takeout habit of if I lived in the neighborhood (and has become my habitual pit-stop post-infrared sauna next door)!
Highly attractive space, highly attractive people, and an substantive vegetable-focused menu that will make you feel… highly attractive! Like its peers, I can see ABCV becoming another New York staple. Along with Avant Garden, ABCV has become my go-to for a healthy, flavorful plant-based meal that will never make me miss the meat.
Open daily for:
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 8am-10:30am
Lunch: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm
Dinner: Sun-Wed 5:30pm-10:30pm, Thurs-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm
Breakfast: Mon-Fri 8am-11am
Lunch: Mon-Fri 12pm-4pm