The good people of Broadway Café have spent two decades perfecting the art of fresh, healthy vegetarian fare. The result? Combinations of fresh veggies, grains and seeds that satisfy the hunger of vegetarians and carnivores alike.A successful, long-lasting healthy eating institution is a rarity. Often grub-hubs for health-nuts last about as long as our resolution to stay on a kale-only diet (not long at all). The exceptions, of course, are establishments who keep their heart in the matter: perfecting the art of fresh, healthy vegetarian fare. And after twenty years, Briarcliff’s Broadway Café is certainly a testament to that. The bustling little café is a favorite for vegetarians, pescatarians, the kosher and the gluten-free alike – not to mention those sans dietary restrictions who simply love diving into some good grub. “I wanted to show that vegetarian food doesn’t have to taste like cardboard,” owner Judith told us, “and that it doesn’t have to be deep fried to be delicious.” Indeed, gone are the days of heavily breaded deep-fried tofu and grilled fake meats. Instead, Judith and her team focus on finding the perfect combination of fresh vegetables, grains and seeds to concoct filling and flavorful meals that would satisfy the appetites of even the hungriest of carnivores.
All of that experimentation has paid off too – Café Broadway’s menu is as diverse as it is delicious. And Judith’s team in the kitchen? They don’t take any shortcuts. The deconstructed lasagna is made fresh-to-order (sorry, casserole dish), overflowing with fresh eggplant, cheese, homemade sauce and pasta. The Thai Pizza is certainly a revelation as well – sporting peanut sauce, tofu chicken and an array of veggies and cheese. The Café can pander to any cuisine craving – New York pizzas, mouth-watering quesadillas, veggie rice bowls and curried vegetables – they’re all here, just waiting for us to chow down. Here, observant Jewish families eat in booths next to liberal vegans and New York Pizza lovers get their fill alongside pescatarians. We’d say the mélange of eats and patrons stand as a testament to the Café’s success in their mission to change our perception of vegetarian food overall. Well done, Judith.
Eggplant Fries (with marinara sauce), $7
Southwestern Root Chips (with salsa), $5
California Flatbread, $10 (personal), $24 (large)
Thai Pizza, $10 (personal), $24 (large)
Veggie Rice Bowl, $13
Sunday- Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After dark – midnight