This Vegan restaurant in New York City is breaking all the myths about Vegan food. XYST is truly an experience worth exploring that will change all your misconceptions of this cuisine!
If you’ve NEVER been to XYST, it’s about time you go!XYST is one of the amazing creations by the renowned Chef Matthew Kenney and it one of my favorite spots in New York! We’re even done a short and sweet IGTV about it!
Their menu is Mediterranean inspired, their décor is beautifully rustic and home-cozy, the cocktails are great to pair with the food and the dishes? Well, they are to-die-for (and Vegan!).
Yes! This is a restaurant that I take all my non-Vegan friends and they a-l-w-a-y-s want to go back for more. I mean, I truly love showing people what Vegan cuisine is all about and break all the myth there is about it!
In addition, people that don’t understand the cuisine think that vegans only eat vegetables and salad. Hahaha! Well, that’s totally wrong and the cuisine is super rich in flavors and creations!
Now, pause for “awe”! Chef Matthew has restaurants in almost 20 cities across the globe, some of them being: São Paulo (my home town)! Buenos Aires! Sydney! Los Angeles! Dubai! Costa Rica! Bahrain! And other corners of the globe!
Now, let’s get to some details on the dishes!
Here is what we had this last time, but I’ve tried almost everything from their menu:
- White, Rose and Red Wine, just to start off in grand style
- Mese Plate: Beetroot Hummus. Smoked Hummer. Muhammara. Market Vegetables. Warm Pita
- Wild Mushrooms + Muhammara. Red Pepper. Caramelized Onions. Herbed Focaccia
- Avocado Toast. Za’atar Avocado. Cherry Tomato. Sourdough Bread
Unfortunately, this time we didn’t have dessert, because we were super satisfied with what we ate, but I’ve tried them all:
- Blood Orange Cheesecake with Citrus Curd and Basil Syrup
- Sunflower Seed Baklava with Rose Water
- Chocolate Cake with Orange Blossom Gelato and Candied Salnuts
As Chef Matthew says, he’s “crafting the future of food” and we have to agree!
So, enjoy (and I’m sure you’ll be back for more!)
Lunch + Brunch: Monday – Friday: 11am – 3:30p
Brunch: Saturday + Sunday: 11am – 3:30pm
Dinner: Sunday – Wednesday: 5pm – 10pm | Thursday – Saturday: 5pm – 11pm
Location: 44 West 17th Street
Photo Credits: @BehindTheScenesNYC
Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!