Two of my work friends turned girl friends and I went to get our butts kicked at a ridiculously named “Willpower & Grace” class early Saturday morning. It’s one of those classes we stumbled upon thinking it would be a good excuse to get out of bed early and make eating dessert at brunch feel less guilty. It also happens to be one of those classes where you can’t walk for two days afterwards…but the three of us managed the stroll down to the West Village after class to partake in one of the cutest brunches I’ve had in a while – at Wild.
Brunch is often hard for me (as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before). It’s easy to go to a vegan restaurant and be happy as a clam – but when dining with non-vegans, eggs are often a requirement of the meal, which excludes any vegan-only restaurants. With my veganism, Paula’s love for eggs and bacon, and our other friend’s gluten allergy, I wasn’t sure we’d be able to find a place to suit all our needs. I did a little Yelping, searched the NY Mag restaurant section, and found Wild. Pizza-focused, conveniently located, all crusts and breads gluten free, a few vegan options AND bacon and eggs, this was the place for us. I patted myself on the back a few times for pulling off this feat.
Before I even get to the food I must must must talk about the ambiance at this place. It is so adorable. Already decked out with holiday cheer, Frank Sinatra playing in the background, and drinks served out of mason jars – it’s like Pinterest threw up in here. In a good way! I couldn’t get over how cozy and cute everything was – even down to the sugar bowl. Whoever did the decor definitely got it right. And on a cold day, being in a teeny tiny space with glowing white Christmas lights was just perfect.
I ordered the tofu scramble – something I’m usually not too fond of, but for some reason stood out to me. It was not at all what I expected, but that turned out to be a good thing. More kale than tofu (which was good because I was also debating ordering the kale salad), the scramble had a perfect mix of mushrooms and peppers. I was surprised they used silken tofu – every scramble I’ve had before used firm – but it actually made the tofu feel more like eggs. The menu said it also had vegan cheese, but I didn’t see any, which was slightly disappointing but I got over it quickly. The side of potatoes were delicious and I cleaned my plate.
Paula went with a personal truffle pizza with asparagus and poached eggs, and our other friend had some sort of spicy marinara sauce and prosciutto. I had both of them give me a taste of their gluten-free crust for taste testing purposes, and it was delicious – thin and crispy. I could even taste the truffle (and I LOVE truffle) on Paula’s crust. And the bit of spicy marinara was also delicious.
When I asked to see the dessert menu, we were presented with an entire tray to choose from. Two vegan cupcakes (red velvet and kale), two gluten-free options (flourless chocolate cake and flourless chocolate truffle), and two other options we didn’t pay attention to but looked super cute. Our waitress didn’t know if the gluten-free options were also vegan, so I took a chance on the kale cupcake.
While it looked gorgeous, I was a little less than impressed with the taste of it. The cake itself was dry, and the icing so sweet I wanted to immediately go home and brush my teeth. But that also didn’t stop me from eating half of it (it just paired so well with my coffee and it’s not every day I find vegan cupcakes).
I had to taste-test one bite of the truffle, a small one, just to see what the girls were raving about and it was delicious. Extremely rich and velvety I was hoping it was vegan, but stopped after one bite in case it wasn’t.
The service was decent (we had to wait a little bit to place our order and my hangry face started coming out) but we largely kept to ourselves and didn’t ask much out of the waitress anyway. This place scores major major points for the cute factor and I can’t wait to come back when it’s warm outside and I can partake in their outdoor seating. If you find yourself in the West Village looking for a good place to eat with gluten-free, vegan and meat-eating requirements, you simply must stop by Wild.