Recologie, a sustainably created art boutique and performance center, also showcases the culinary arts with vegan and vegetarian fare.
Called Vistro Cafe, the cafe serves salads, soups and sandwiches at lunchtime and dinner Friday and Saturday nights, say proprietors Maria Cisneros and Judith Weber. The cafe already sells coffees, teas, baked goods and vegan, gluten-free sweets. Until they nab a liquor license, it’s a BYOB place.
The expanded Recologie is a boutique, art gallery, music, poetry and educational venue, cafe and dinner spot. Vistro’s health-supportive cuisine falls right in step with Recologie’s mission to promote and sell recycled, repurposed, sustainably created, fair-trade items such as purses made with foil potato chip bags and bowls from old vinyl records.
The place isn’t entirely vegan, but they want to support animal rights initiatives, in a gentle, artistic and delicious way.
“We really wanted to be offbeat, edgy, different. More of an experience,” Cisneros said.
The owners want Recologie’s Vistro to be a collaboration of food, retail and cultural events. Chefs Ihsaana Muhammad, Sonia Urban and Giovanni Green collaborate as well, each concocting dishes that reflect their passions and heritage.
Muhammad created an Ethiopian lentil stew that’s vegetarian and gluten-free with butternut squash, tomatoes, tricolored carrots.
“It’s like a culinary journey from Africa to here,” Muhammad said. “It’s cross cultural.”
— By Amy Sowder
If you go:
Recologie’s Vistro Cafe, 49 Lawton St., New Rochelle, 914-278-9350, recologie.com. Open for lunch noon-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; noon-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and brunch every other Sunday; also available for special events.
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