Following from my post on New York vegan eats is my finds on treats and sweets. While NY has some incredible restaurants that serve up some incredible desserts, it also has a large handful of places solely dedicated to all things sweet (cheering!). How could I not do a post on sweet, sweet things? The US is home to this kind of food after all.
Somehow, without including fatty butter, milk and eggs, the desserts we tried all tasted phenomenal and were testemant to the fact that you don’t need animal products for treats to taste delicious. They are moist, fluffy, sweet and outrageously good without them. Further, the creativity of the little tastebud sanctuaries we visited and their openness to cater for specific dietary requirements such as gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free is to be applauded.
I believe dessert can be a bag of mixed things. It can be an indulgence or solace, a tickling of the tastebuds or a reward. Either way, I can assure you that all these desserts were one thing. Absolutely delicious. Is this all the vegan desserts haunts in New York? Of course not! But these are the places we visited and fell in love with.
Lula’s Sweet Apothecary
NB: Lula’s has been renamed. It is now called Blythe Ann’s and is still at the same location.
Vegan Ice-cream and dessert at its finest. There is simply not enough adjectives to describe this heavenly place. I’ve eaten a lot of vegan ice-cream in my time, but this my friends, this is the s#*t.
Lula’s is New York’s first natural, non-dairy and vegan frozen yoghurt shop. All the ingredients used are natural, organic, free from dyes and delicious, so you really don’t feel rubbish after eating it. They use cashew milk as their base which gives it a nice sweet flavour and a creamy texture and their flavours change daily. Plus, the toppings are phenomenal. But my favourite…. Cake Batter soft serve ice-cream. O.M.G, jaw drops to the floor. On reading that on the board above the counter, I think I grabbed Sids by the arm, looked him deep in the eyes and said the sweet, sweet words – ‘I am having two’. With menu items such as gluten-free brownie sundae’s, banana splits, toppings like marshmallow cream and hot fudge and REAL peanut butter and jelly flavoured ice-cream, I started to go weak at the knees wondering how on earth I was possibly going to choose. Thankfully, Lula’s wonderful staff lets you sample as many flavours as you want before buying. However, that leaves you with a predicament. You’ve gone from tossing up between a few, to all of them. They are all so freakin’ good. By this point, Sids fully understood why I had to have two (hey fatty-boomba).
The layout of Lula’s is really cool old-school, however there is hardly any seats and they only take cash, but who gives a crap. When ice-cream is this good, i’ll eat it standing on my head in the middle of a snowstorm if I have too. Google Lula’s Sweet Apothecary and the reviews will speak for themselves. Everybody raves about this place (me included). It would be a sin if you didn’t visit when you’re in New York.
516 E 6th St,
New York, NY 10009
What can I say about Dun-Well Doughnuts. Sigh. I was absolutely moved to tears with the deliciousness of these round rings of sweet, sugary heaven. They have been voted best NYC doughnuts for a reason. Don’t let the ‘vegan’ idea of them sway you though my carnivorous friends. Vegans and non-vegans alike will salivate over these moist, melt-in-your-mouth creations. I have never seen or tasted anything like them – they are in a field of their own. With over 200 different flavours, Dun-Well Doughnuts put Krispy Kreme’s and the like to shame. Krispy Kreme doughnuts look like piles of dry, dehydrated shite in comparison to these bad boys.
Most of the ingredients used are organic and locally-sourced and there is no milk, eggs or butter (obviously) which makes these treats extra-spongey, gooey and the distant relative of big fluffy cloud.
Dun-well Doughnuts are as delicious as any vegan sweet I have ever tried, but loosen your belt buckle and throw any hope of a Victoria’s Secret bod out the window. You’ll be going back for seconds.
A definite must visit in New York.
222 Montrose Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
‘In a city dominated by cupcakes overflowing with sugar, flour and butter cream, it’s easy for those with persnickety diets to feel left out. BabyCakes offers all-natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from the common allergens: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs. Rest assured, all sweeteners have been chosen responsibly and used sparingly. White sugar will never be found in our bakery, nor will we ever use toxic chemical sweeteners. Instead, most products are sweetened with agave nectar—a natural syrup from a cactus which is low on the glycemia index and often a safe alternative to most non-insulin dependant diabetics. Occasionally, unprocessed and unrefined sugar is used in certain goods, although sparingly’ Erin McKenna, Founder, BabyCakes NYC™.
We headed to Baby Cakes after a looonnggg day of wondering the streets of the Lower East Side. We were absolutely exhausted, knew Baby Cakes was in the area so we bee-lined it there for some scrumptious, tongue-tantilising afternoon delights and we were not disappointed. Baby Cakes has something for everyone and is an absolute haven for those with food allergies and a more religious view on health. Unfortunately there isn’t much room to sit, so it is best to grab what you want as a take away and continue strollin’ the streets cupcake in one hand, doughnut in the other.
248 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002
Vegan Divas is a healthy, 100% natural, low calorie, high fibre and organic all vegan bakery specialising in delicious cakes, doughnuts, macaroons, cookies and mousse. We strolled down here after a rather filling feed at V-Note to see what all the fuss was about and sample one of the treats that Madonna is a loyal fan of. If her body when she’s in her mid-50s is anything to go by, I think it’s pretty safe to chow down a few of these delicious delights.
Vegan Divas is a small store located on the Upper East Side. They have a great array of treats and I felt slightly overwhelmed trying to choose only a few as they all looked delicious. Vegan Divas thankfully offer a lot of mini options so you can get more bang for your buck and choose a few different types and flavours and sample them all. And, apparently there are only 23 calories in their mini doughnuts, so that’s a win if calorie counting is your thing. You would burn it off in three blocks!
I’ve read reviews from people saying they thought the prices at Vegan Divas were quite steep. However, people don’t seem to understand that when high quality ingredients are used, they often come with a higher cost. They’re not using some run of the mill rubbish filler for their goods and for the quality of the product you’re getting, I think the prices were reasonable.
The Vegan Divas cookbook is also available for purchase within the store. I highly recommend picking it up. We really look forward to coming back to Vegan Diva’s when we’re next in NYC. If you ever find yourself strolling the streets of the Upper East Side, make sure you call in for a cup of tea and one of their fantastic treats.
1437 First Avenue,
New York, NY 10075