BLACKBARN TRANSITIONS FOOD CONCEPT TO CELEBRATE PLANT-BASED GOODNESS
| New York, NY - August 8, 2018 | BLACKBARN café & bar at Chelsea Market has updated their lunch, dinner, and dessert services to focus on mindful choices; from a large selection of delicious vegetarian dishes to unique vegan meals and housemade, gluten-free sweets, the expanded offering brings new options for Chelsea residents and visitors. Chef-Owner John Doherty emphasizes fresh, high quality fruits and vegetables for menus filled with nutritious and flavorful courses.
“With a growing demand for vegetable-based meals, we wanted to move the Chelsea Market café and bar towards being centered on wellness, with dishes that are both delectable and nourishing,” says Chef John Doherty. “We also want to reflect the BLACKBARN lifestyle with a combination of local, artisanal, and unexepected ingredients: from the surprising touch of teardrop chilis accompanying a savory charred octopus to the smoky undertones in an creamy eggplant hummus, the dishes have become a melting pot of global flavors like the connected shop’s treasure trove of international wares.”
Underscoring the beauty of fresh produce, the transformed menus rely largely on delightful plant-based proteins and wholesome ingredients, such as hen of the wood mushrooms, wheatberry, marcona almonds, honey roasted plums, tahini, baby kale, and charred brussel sprouts. In addition to the many new offerings, the café & bar added a bevy of new flavors to menu classics, livening signature dishes with innovative combinations.
Artichokes Tahini ($17)
Braised artichokes crisped and served with baked hen of the woods mushrooms and watercress, then topped with fresh parmigiano and finished with tahini dressing.
Honey Roasted Plum Salad ($18)
A sweet and satiating combination of roasted plums cooked with spices, herbs and honey mixed in with baby kale and arugula, wheat berries, sugar snap peas, avocado, and roasted carrots. The salad is finished with a light vinaigrette made from honey blended with balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
Roasted Vegetable Focaccia ($18)
A hearty, vegan focaccia is baked in-house and topped with roasted vegetables such as zucchini, red onions, cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives.
Watermelon Salad ($17)
A refreshing summer salad made with watermelon cubes mixed with gem lettuce, sugar snap peas and chopped scallions. It is dressed with a light almond yogurt vinaigrette and topped with toasted, salted marcona almonds.
Charred Brussel Sprout Salad ($18)
A mind blowing dish consisting of roasted brussels sprouts seasoned with apple butter, baked with apple and tossed with jalapeño chutney, then served with fresh apple, roasted onions, and watercress.
Smoked Ricotta Lasagna ($19)
Delicious vegetarian lasagna made with layers of house-made pasta sheets that alternate with sliced potatoes, each layer filled with tomato sauce, parmigiano, béchamel sauce and ricotta smoked with Japanese cherrywood. The lasagna is served with a fresh salad mix composed of semi-dried tomato, roasted zucchini, frissé and basil, dressed with lemon vinaigrette and topped with baked ricotta.
Butternut Squash Ravioli ($21)
This decadent ravioli has a butternut squash filling mixed with ground amaretto cookies, parmigiano cheese, and nutmeg. It is served with sautéed baby kale, toasted pumpkin seeds, and smoked eggplant.
Chocolate Coffee Cremeux ($9)
A fully vegan serving of rich chocolate cake accompanied by creamy vanilla mousse, and sprinkled with crunchy cocoa nibs.
Forbidden Black Rice Pudding ($9)
There is nothing forbidden about this healthy, gluten-free dessert, other than its juicy passion fruit mousse and succulent pineapple compote.
The BLACKBARN lifestyle brand represents a blend of industrial, artful, refined, and understated sensibilities. It redefines luxury, from creating bespoke homes for those who desire unconventional simplicity to combining farm vernacular with elegant style in a carefully curated group of objects. The brand’s ethos and aesthetic come to life in a DUMBO, Brooklyn shop, filled with hand-selected furniture and homeware pieces, custom-designed and sourced from around the world; it takes an additional dimension at New York City’s BLACKBARN Restaurant where seasonal, rustic fare meets a modern farmhouse atmosphere.
The most recent development, BLACKBARN Chelsea Market shop, café & bar, changes the way New Yorkers dine and shop for home goods by uniting hospitality and retail, in a homewares and accessories shop with a café & bar, to create the total brand experience.
The storied system behind the brand is perhaps best captured in the book, BLACKBARN, published by ORO Editions in 2015.
Since it opened its doors to the public in 1996, Chelsea Market has been the insider's resource for artisanal goods in Manhattan. Chelsea Market is an authentic destination for culinary connoisseurs, chefs and local residents. Serving as the bridge between two iconic Manhattan neighborhoods, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District, Chelsea Market continues its commitment to the artisanal marketplace and craft manufacturing, and to the community that surrounds it. For more information, visit www.chelseamarket.com