Vegan NYC – Organic Food & Live Music at Caravan of Dreams in the East Village – Perfect for Dates!

Vegan New York City – Organic Food & Live Music at Caravan of Dreams in the East Village – Perfect for Date Nights!

New York City is a sprawling metropolis that’s overflowing with frenetic energy, and sometimes it can get overwhelming. I like to de-stress and make the city seem a bit more manageable by relaxing at Caravan of Dreams, an organic and kosher vegan restaurant in the East Village. Venturing into this dimly lit restaurant when a live band is playing can seem like a breath of fresh air, forcing me to focus on the present moment and enjoy a meal while forgetting all of that craziness outside.

The name of this vegan restaurant is perfect for the setting; Caravan of Dreams does feel a bit dream-like, as if you’re escaping into a caravan when you first open the door. It has an oasis feel for sure, making it one of my favorite spots for unwinding after a hard week. They also offer live music, raw entrees, and yummy drinks. The cherry on top? All of the food is organic and kosher!

A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and I had a wonderful date night dinner at this East Village restaurant. First, we ordered an appetizer: the Raw Squash Manicotta — Zucchini pasta stuffed with herb cashew kefir and kefir cheese, then topped with olive oil, herbs, salt, lemon juice and garlic. It was a light and refreshing way to start the meal.

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We shared two entrees. My choice was the Miso and Maple Glazed Squash Platter — Squash stuffed with pine nuts, cranberries, onion mix, spices, and 7 grain rice, then served with house coconut tomato sauce and sauteed spinach, and topped with smoked tempeh. The combination of all these flavors was intense and delicious. I would definitely order this entree again!

image (1)My boyfriend’s pick was the Tri Color Pasta — Sauteed asparagus, mushrooms, olives, green peas, broccoli, and baby shallots in a tomato-cashew cream sauce with quinoa pasta, and finished with sliced avocado. I’ve never eaten pasta with avocado before, but it definitely worked in this dish. The tomato-cashew cream sauce was creamy and flavorful. We both loved it! When non-vegetarians love the vegan entrees, you know they’re delicious! I appreciate that the Caravan of Dreams food isn’t pretending to be meat; the chefs work with so many flavors and textures of plants to create interesting dishes rather than mimicking meat and cheese food items.

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For dessert, we ordered the Carrot Cake with nuts, strawberries and buttercream frosting, along with some hot apple cider. The cake was a bit dry, but it tasted good with the apple cider.

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Overall, our dinner was a very delicious, relaxing, and pleasant experience. My boyfriend, who is a meat-eater and often feels like vegan food isn’t satisfying and filling enough on its own, says he loves the food here, so it’s a perfect place for us to go on a Friday night. The combination of the dim lights, calm ambience, live music, and delicious, healthy food makes this restaurant and amazing place for a date.

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This place is one of my favorite vegan restaurants in the city, offering a relaxing place to get delicious vegan food that is also kosher and organic.

Check out these other awesome vegan restaurants I’ve visited during my USA travels. 

Top image via meetup.com

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