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If you crave a savory whole grain breakfast, then you already know oatmeal is the right choice. But if your idea of oatmeal includes pouring hot water into a bowl of chalky, pre-made mix, then it’s time you meet OatMeals.
The all-oatmeal cafe is a known staple among the NYC crowd, but the world was introduced to the eatery in early December 2018 when it appeared on an episode of Shark Tank. The shop’s pitch helped it secure an investment from shark Lori Greiner, giving the cozy Greenwich Village spot even more credibility in the healthy eats arena.
When Virginia-born chef and OatMeals founder Sam Stephens moved to the Big Apple to attend college, she fell in love with the abundance of dining choices the city had to offer. And while indulging was enjoyable, she eventually recognized she needed to readjust her eating habits in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle.
After researching the benefits of oats, Sam decided to make them her go-to breakfast option (and with a limited college budget, they quickly turned into the perfect option for lunch and dinner, too). But you can only eat so many meals made of bland, boring oatmeal. So, she got creative and her bowls got more and more inventive.
Then it dawned on Sam: why isn’t there a restaurant with all things oatmeal? While she continued working in the finance world (and would for over 10 years), her dream of opening an oatmeal-only shop remained in the back of her mind. So, in 2010, she took her idea to the next level and attended The International Culinary Center and later, became a pastry chef — setting the stage for OatMeals.
In 2012, OatMeals finally opened its doors, and they’ve been treating hungry New Yorkers to creative oatmeal bowls and oat-based pastries ever since. From sweet to savory, the Greenwich Village spot offers signature bowls like PrOATS (made with your choice of whey or plant protein powder, Greek yogurt, blackberries, pumpkin seeds, almond butter) and Peanut Butter Banana.
Want to build your own? Piles your base of all natural, whole grain steel-cut oats with your choice of more than 80 ingredients — from fresh and dried fruit to nuts and cheeses, spreads and syrups, you certainly won’t run out of options (or tasty combinations). Honestly, the easiest decision may be picking your serving size, aptly named Baby Bear, Mama Bear, Papa Bear.
Stopping in with a sweet tooth? OatMeals makes their oat-based pastries and treats in-house daily, (and word is they are working on crafting some vegan and gluten-free varieties).
We’re not sure what OatMeals has in store, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this small steel-cut shop has plans to expand as a result of its $500,000 Shark Tank investment. But for now, you can get your flavorful fill at 120 West 3rd St., between MacDougal & 6th Ave.
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