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West~bourne Restaurant Review

West~bourne Restaurant Review

Important note: Since this West~bourne restaurant review was written, I have changed my approach from weight management to Health at Every Size and intuitive eating. The recommendations here were intended for the pursuit of weight loss, an approach that is no longer aligned with my beliefs and brand. Keep this in mind as you read through the post.

West~bourne Restaurant Review

You can imagine I follow a ton of food accounts on Instagram. So, when a new restaurant opens up and all the food bloggers descend, I want in on the fun. This was how I happened upon West~bourne, a vegetarian café which was suddenly all over my feed. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s down the street from me. I enlisted my very food friend, Rob, to join me at my first West~bourne venture. We ordered tacos and Brussels sprouts for breakfast and proceeded to devour the food. Yes, we were hungry, but the food was also delicious. Especially the tacos, which are super crunchy (fried, but not greasy). The meal left us satisfied and energized.

I’ve since been back twice. It’s hard to find a place that is veggie-forward, especially at breakfast. It always warms my dietitian heart when a restaurant hits it out of the park with vegetables AND flavor. West~bourne checks both these boxes. They have an all-day menu, so this review covers you from brekkie to dinner and everything in between.

The details

Location: 137 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012

Menu: All-day vegetarian menu

Service: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch

Price: $$

Vibe: Chic, but not uptight

Good For: Communal seating is first come, first serve (secure a spot before going to the counter to order); solo sit-down meal or meal with one, maybe two friends because seating can be scarce

Standout Dish: Echo Tacos, Sullivan Chopped, Bay Cities Cauli, Foster’s Yogurt

Worthwhile Splurge: Everything here is pretty reasonable, not splurgy

Intuitive Eats: For something hearty, go for the Malibu Waffle, Sunrise Kingdom, Echo Tacos, Over the Rainbow, Sunset Grains or Mushreuben; for something lighter, go for the Bay Cities Cauli, Sullivan Chopped, The Bounty or Center Your Chia.

Heads Up: You need three dishes for two people. For one, I’d do two dishes and just take home any leftovers.

I’m not a huge fan of their lattes. They’re not well-foamed like you would expect, more frothy. Head to Third Rail Coffee up the street if you’re in need of a latte fix.

This is FODMAP central. Sorry, IBSers.

Health Rating

Overall Rating: 3 (Great)

The wrap-up

I hope this West~bourne restaurant review made you hungry. I haven’t had a dish I didn’t like, and the abundance of savory options makes it a win in my book.

Eathority Approved Eats

 

April 2018 All-Day Menu

Menu Item Pro Tip
Center Your Chia ---
Foster’s Yogurt I’d split this with someone. It’s delicious, but can feel like an overly large dessert if you eat it alone.
Goldilocks ---
Malibu Waffle ---
Sunrise Kingdom ---
Echo Taco Add eggs to this for protein; I’d eat this with a vegetable dish so it feels more balanced.
Over the Rainbow ---
Mushreuben ---
The Trails ---
Sunset Grains ---
Sullivan Chopped ---
Bay Cities Cauli ---
Brussels + Flow ---
The Bounty ---

 

 

Ratings Key

Price
(sans tips, alcohol)
$ = $15 and under
$$ = $15-$30
$$$ = $30-$55
$$$$ = $55 and over
Intuitive Eats
Foods recommended for your mood or how you want to feel
Health Rating
 Not so healthy restaurant
  Healthyish restaurant
 Healthy restaurant
IBS Rating
*  IBS-friendly
+  Mostly IBS-friendly, one item may be moderate or high FODMAP
Overall Rating
(value, taste)
1 = Meh
2 = Good
3 = Awesome
4 = Amazing

 

 

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West~bourne Restaurant Review by Eathority, Intuitive Eating Coach