Garden Cafe on the Green – A Vegan’s Paradise In Woodstock, NY

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After a long day of work and play at the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, we were hungry for some quality Vegan grub. Needless to say, we were not disappointed at all. The atmosphere, the location, and the quality and selection of food exceeded all expectations at Garden Cafe.

We started the meal off with the black bean quesadilla. Everything was fresh, warm, and had all the toppings you’d expect for this dish. The guacamole was thick and chunky and the tomato salad was fresh and juicy. The Vegan cheese was also great. I’m not a big fan of this kind of substitute, but really enjoyed it here.

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Black Bean Quesadilla with guacamole, sour cream, and tomato salad

We moved on to the entrees, which were equally yummy. I had the Macro Meal which included brown rice, sautéed greens, arame seaweed, tahini sauce and a choice of protein, I opted for baked tempeh. Everything was prepared to perfection, very fresh, and lightly seasoned. The tahini sauce was a bit watery, but I always enjoy the nutty accent it provides and I’ve never tried it in the context of a macrobiotic dish. My sister had the spaghetti with garlic bread, a side salad, and a side of black beans. She loved hers too and I must say, the garlic bread was outstanding! Not too greasy or full of garlic.

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Pasta and marinara sauce with garlic bread

We somehow magically managed to fit in some room for dessert. The warm brownie with soy ice cream was our choice (to share, of course). The chocolate sauce over the brownie was great, but the brownie itself was somehow lacking a certain something that I still can’t put my finger on. The soy ice cream was a bit bland (I prefer coconut based Vegan ice cream). I wouldn’t recommend this dessert, but I’m eager to try other options on their menu at another time, like the pear crumble pie.

Warm Chocolate Brownie

Warm Chocolate Brownie

The atmosphere of the Garden Cafe was really charming. I felt very at home and marveled at all the local artists’ work on the walls and the mismatched furniture that fit into the grand scheme of things perfectly. It’s a bit snug, so you might find yourself waiting for a table during peak hours. The staff is very attentive and accomodating, but know that your food might take a bit to be prepared. So just enjoy the scenary and plan out the rest of your visit as there are tons of wonderful shops to visit in Woodstock (beware, they close around 5-6pm, so get an early start). The food is good quality and a diverse selection with tons of daily specials. What I especially loved about the food was that it was filling but not to the point of discomfort. It genuinely makes you feel satiated. Enjoy your visit!

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