My Recent Brunch at Sun in Bloom

Written by Max Goldberg on January 24, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

In what is quickly becoming my favorite place to have brunch in New York City, Sun in Bloom in Brooklyn is where I ventured out to this past weekend.

Sun in Bloom is an organic restaurant on the edge of Park Slope. This hidden gem (well, I would say hidden to people who live in Manhattan — not sure if it is hidden to Brooklynites) serves some fantastic vegan food, both cooked and raw.

It was very, very cold in New York City this past Saturday, so I started off with the Miso Broth.

It is pretty unusual to see miso broth. Normally, you see miso soup with onions, carrots and small cubes of tofu.

This miso broth was made from miso paste with a base of chickpeas, Bragg’s amino acids, ginger, kombu (the sea vegetable) and garlic.

What I loved about it was that it was light and not over-salted. Miso soups tend to be doused in salt and this one wasn’t at all. The miso broth at Sun in Bloom was outstanding.

Next I had the Bella Devine Salad.

This may be one of the best salads in all of New York City.  You’ve heard me rave about the salads at One Lucky Duck before but this one is definitely on par with anything I’ve had.

The Bella Devine consisted of kale, dulse, sauerkraut, pumpkin seeds, avocado and a live sesame ginger dressing. The taste was refreshing, the kale had great depth to it and the dressing was very flavorful but not overpowering. What made the whole salad was just the right amount of sauerkraut.

Next I moved onto the Gluten-Free Apple Pancakes with Carmelized Maple Apples.

I LOVE pancakes but rarely eat them because I don’t like eating white flour. These were light and fluffy, and melted in my mouth.

The pancakes were made with a gluten-free, non-white flour base (garbanzo, rice and sorghum), maple apples, maple syrup and a nutmeg cinnamon mix on top.

I finished off the meal with Gluten-Free Banana Bread.

The banana bread was rich and filling, and made from a gluten-free flour mix, bananas and a dash of organic brown sugar.

The service at Sun in Bloom is excellent, the space has fantastic energy, and the restaurant also has great desserts, gluten-free muffins and cookies, and pressed organic juices. Furthermore, it has nut milk smoothies made with alkaline water, something you almost never see in a restaurant. Very impressive.

This is the third time I’ve been to Sun in Bloom and I always leave there very, very happy. Definitely go check this place out.

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5 Comments

  1. That looks fantastic. I love sauerkraut in anything…& I think the pink lamps outside the restaurant are so cute!

    Written by Anita on January 26, 2011 @ 12:52 pm
  2. Hi Anita,

    The salad is amazing!!! And they use the just the right amount of sauerkraut so it doesn’t overburden the dish.

    Let me know what you think if you go there!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 27, 2011 @ 9:23 pm
  3. I’m visiting NYC in the spring and I’m putting this restaurant on my list of places I must check out while I’m there Your blog is a great resource -thank you. I miss my days as a New Yorker – I love the 2/3 train. express to everywhere I wanted to go…Ok- I won’t turn this comment into nostalgia. Sun in Bloom definitely looks awesome & those pancakes sound amazing! Thanks Max :)

    Written by Helena on January 28, 2011 @ 10:19 am
  4. sun in bloom is SO delicious!!! i went out of my way to eat there. they need to open a place in los angeles as i am going to crave their kale chips, carrot cupcakes, macro meal, dressings – you name it – it’s delicious!!

    Written by jen on April 8, 2011 @ 6:20 pm
  5. Hi Jen,

    Agree with you 100%!!! Sun in Bloom is fantastic, and I feel very lucky to live in a city that has such great organic restaurants such as this one.

    LA has some great organic spots as well, such as Erewhon Market and Cafe Gratitude. What are some of your favorite organic places in LA?

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on April 9, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

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