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Jan 16, 2008 10:58 AM

Good Vegan Bakery in Manhattan?

Hello all,
I am a huge fan of the vegan desserts at Lifethyme in the Village, at 8th and 6th Avenue. They make the best organic/vegan treats like berry cornbread and raspberry chocolate chip cookies, to name a few.
Are there any more places like this in the city? I am especially wondering if there is anything like this on the UWS, as I am moving there in a few months and am already dreading the loss of my weekly fix at Lifethyme :(

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  1. Hi,
    I live in UWS too and haven't found anything like Babycakes in the LES. I get it delivered to my apartment. pricy delivery fee but its worth it! I love their vanilla, carrot cake and red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin bread with icing, and chocolate cookies are YUMMY!

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    1. re: Aimliz

      Thanks, I do enjoy Babycakes, wish it was closer! Lifethyme is actually a health food store with freshly prepared food, so I am wondering if there are other health food stores on UWS (preferably) that make desserts that are healthful. Thanks!

      1. re: Aimliz

        really? you even pay extra to have that stuff delivered? yikes.

        i recently tried babycakes for the first time.

        a friend & i thought we'd check out what all the fuss was about, so we got a ton of stuff and did a sampling of the following items: lemon cupcake, choc cupcake, carrot cupcake, vanilla cupcake, pumpkin loaf, cornbread, sugar-sweetened brownie, agave-sweetened brownie and choc chip cookie.

        honestly, both of us thought every single one was AWFUL, taste- AND texture-wise.
        we're accomplished gluten-free bakers, so of course we're probably more discriminating and critical than the average consumer. but still, we were floored by just how terrible these products were. i'm truly amazed anyone eats them willingly, particularly those who CAN eat gluten!

      2. Atlas Cafe in the east village has yummy vegan deserts.

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        1. re: steeltowngrl

          I don't know where Atlas gets them (they aren't made in house) but they are so delicious. Even as a non-vegan person the deserts are so good I would eat them over a dairy item any day. I particularly love the peanut butter brownie bomb.

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            Atlas most likely gets their baked goods from Vegan Treats in Bethlehem, PA. They're one of the only bakeries on the eastern seaboard that makes treats good enough for non-vegans to be fooled. They have a treat named a peanut butter brownie bomb and I know they send treats up to a few places in NYC every week. The woman who owns the shop and creates the recipes also makes vegan wedding cakes and ships Vegan Treats all over the country. I used to live in the area, and stopped in the shop every now and then to buy the chocolate cookies and doughnuts...which unfortunately do not get shipped to New York.

        2. I know you're not the only one who likes Lifethyme, but I honestly have never had a good experience with any of their baked goods; sweet or savory. I've found them to have strange textures and not much flavor. Also, their pumpkin pudding which I wanted to love (I love anything that reminds me of pumpkin pie) had an off flavor that I find sometimes with bad tofu desserts. I say this because I have had AMAZING vegan desserts- mostly from Teany's a few years back. They still were not the real thing- it's impossible to replicate eggs- but for being what it was, I was very happy. I haven't been there in years but Teany's is on rivington and ludlow... and definitely have some tea when you're there! The only downside is that they're often crowded with slow service.

          410 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          90 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          1. has anyone tried vegan divas? they had a stand at the bastille day festival last month and i tried one of their vegan brownies, which was amazing! apparently they sell at butterfield market. i've never been there, but maybe others can comment(?)

            1. Kyotofu on 9th Ave. at 48th St. has wonderful vegan treats. The soymilk soft serve is addictive.

              705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019