UPPER WEST SIDE — The more people who remark that Pamela Elizabeth's vegan bacon, egg and cheese sandwich tastes like the one at McDonald's, the better, she said.
On Tuesday, Elizabeth opened her fourth Blossom Du Jour, the mini-chain of vegan to-go food, on Amsterdam Avenue between West 81 and 82nd streets.
"It's familiar flavors and textures. It's comfort food," said Elizabeth, who'd love her eatery to become the Chipotle of vegan food in the city. She hopes to open next on the Upper East Side and eventually have at least 10 locations citywide.
Most of her to-go customers are actually meat eaters who are drawn to "approachable" lunch options, like a BLT Caesar or a Philly Cheese Steak that look and taste like what they'd find at a deli, Elizabeth explained.
Desserts, a gluten-free entree section, cold-pressed juices and salads fill out the rest of the menu at the 14-seat spot.
And though the new outpost sits across from the vegan Peacefood Cafe, Blossom Du Jour is a sit-down restaurant with different goals, Elizabeth noted.
The newest location features delivery and is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Last Friday, Elizabeth's more upscale sit-down restaurant Blossom Cafe moved north a few blocks on Columbus Avenue and reopened as Blossom on Columbus between West 84 and 85th streets.
The juice chain will now serve wraps and grain bowls, including a hot Curried Vegetable Wrap, hot BBQ Mushroom Wrap and a Kimchi Wild Rice Bowl.
Customers can also order coffee and tea, yogurts, soup and oatmeal, said a spokeswoman.
Cure Urgent Care, a walk-in emergency clinic with locations throughout the city, opened on Broadway between West 102 and 103rd streets last week.
The clinic is set up to serve about 50 patients a day with non-life-threatening issues like broken bones and urinary tract infections.
It also serves patients who had a bit too much too drink the night before or are dehydrated for other reasons by hooking them up to IVs.