Spa food is one thing. Now there’s…yoga food. Or at least that’s how I felt during my power-chakra breakfast at abcV, the latest collaboration between famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and ABC Home. Just as Vongerichten has always sought to express the pure essence of his ingredients with a lighter touch, taking inspiration from around the world, ABC Home has always taken a holistic approach to home design, bringing New Yorkers naturally dyed textiles and organic mattresses long before they were trendy. Together, they’ve created a vegetarian restaurant that aims to be nothing less than Goua lifestyle. (Or, at the very least, a Pinterest board.)
With abcV, they jump even further ahead of the health wave that has bloomed in the city. The room, for starters, feels like a space-age souk. Girl dates and breakfast meetings take place on the Moroccan-textiled banquettes and modern white chairs beneath mandala paintings and chandeliers, while young men and women with yoga and SoulCycle gear queue up front for takeout elixirs and whole-grain pastries.
I’ve always loved the juice combinations at ABC Kitchen, located on the opposite side of the building, so I went a little nuts and made my friend order a few juices and smoothies with me to start. The server didn’t miss a beat (or beet) as she explained the properties of our favorite, the Fitness & Protein morning shake, packed with omega seed butter, wild blueberries, hemp, chia, and more. (It’s not enough just to juice anymore; the drinks now contain healing, toning, and age-reversing Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs.) The brewed-in-house elderberry kombucha we tried was also a step above. Do the smoothies and elixirs need to be served in wineglasses? At up to $12 a pop, they probably should. It’s another reminder that you’re having a “higher vibrational experience.”
If all breakfasts could be this pretty, this satisfying, and this energizing, the city would move at an even faster clip. Addictive vanilla chia pudding was painterly thanks to bright fruit, dates, cacao, brazil nuts, and hemp, while forbidden rice and millet congee gratified my oatmeal craving with cool new textures. Even the avocado toast—which kind of bores me at this point, as I eat it so often—was a restaurant experience, both visually and in terms of how many layers of flavor there were. Next week, I have to take a spa architect visiting from Shanghai to breakfast. I can’t decide if I’ll order the dosa (South Indian pancake) with egg, za’atar, and Swiss chard or a sea buckthorn and persimmon bowl with whipped macadamia milk and amaranth-ginger granola. I feel healthier just thinking about it.
Recently, abcV began serving dinner. If my breakfast (plus the surprisingly filling kale and avocado sandwich that I took out for lunch one day) is any indication, the evening meal will also be a feast for the senses—one that will enable you to jump out of bed for a 7 a.m. yoga class the next morning. That is, unless you go the pomegranate martini route…
Why You Should Go: For an indulgent meal that won’t give you eater’s remorse. If you can’t wait to try (or return for) abcV’s visionary breakfast, get in touch with our experience planners and they’ll make the reservation for you. Or let us plan your entire day!
38 East 19th Street (between Park Avenue South and Broadway) Flatiron
Breakfast: Monday–Friday, 8–10:30 a.m.
Lunch: Monday–Friday, noon–3 p.m.
Dinner: Tuesday–Wednesday, 5:30–10:30 p.m.; Thursday, 5:30–11 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 5:30–11:30 p.m.