Local darling, chef Todd Erickson (Haven, Huahua’s Taqueria), has partnered with interior designer Janette Miller on Glam, a fast-casual plant-based resturant. Chef de cuisine Nuno Grullon heads up the kitchen.
The former Midtown Oyster Bar has been completely revamped with a sleek counter-service style set up. It’s bright, undeniably good-looking, appropriate for dates and not-dates alike.
Why it's special
Maybe you’re vegan. Maybe your date is vegan. Or maybe you’re just curious about cashew cheese.
Either way, you’re going to want to try the platter of creamy faux ricotta. It’s paired with house-made pickled watermelon rind, chutney and seeded crackers. It makes for an appropriate starter to the dairy-free adventure.
What you're having
Two to three dishes (most hover in the $12-$16 range and are generously portioned; smaller plates are $4-$9).
The watermelon poke makes for a refreshing dish of diced watermelon tossed with nori, lotus, sesame seeds and a yuzu vinaigrette.
The avocado toast here is one of the prettiest in the city, topped with fennel leaves and orange segments. The farro risotto is a hearty melange of roasted wild mushroom ragout, charred fennel, and white wine. The spaghetti and meatless balls are obviously there for the timid folk who will be comforted by the chunky marinara and will be introgued by the nutty grain-bean “meat” balls. A spicy chana masala can easily be shared with a stew of chickpeas, garam masala, mango, tomato chutney over quinoa.
For dessert the ube pie is not going to convert anyone to veganism (a bit too potatoe-y for us), but the matcha tea pot de crème is every bit as creamy as the dairy version, as is the “choco-cado” mousse made with agave and coconut.
A convenient location in midtown means ample street parking. Most of the ingredients are organic. There’s vegan wine and beer on hand, and a complimentary filtered water station (that includes sparkling too!) is a nice touch.
A wallet-friendly vegan spot from one of the most talented chefs in our city could make a plant-lover of even the most die-hard carnivore.