New York is home to many awesome vegan treats. For the best of the best, I mean seriously mind blowing treats, I’d recommend heading over to Atlas Cafe. Once a week, they receive a shipment from the talented confectionery artists at Vegan Treats, a bakery based out of Philadelphia. At the back of Atlas, there’s a dessert counter that’s well stocked with decadent vegan brownies, cakes, cupcakes, donuts, sticky buns, cookies and whoopie pies.
When we went to Atlas Cafe, we were looking for a few specific items. The number one being a Peanut Butter Bomb anything. Vegan Treats makes a Peanut Butter Bomb brownie, cupcake and cake. I’d first read about it on the Urban Housewife‘s blog. The image of the peanut butter dome stuck with me and I hoped I’d have a chance to try it someday. Finally, when my day came, I made sure to savour the experience. It’s intense. The bomb, full of peanut butter mousse, covered in chocolate and topped with a peanut drizzle, was rich and sweet. I loved the contrast of the creamy center and thin, crackling chocolate shell. The brownie was also pretty darn stupendous, finding the right balance between chewy, dense and moist.
While I was overcome with excitement after finding the Peanut Butter Bomb, John fixed his gaze on a sweet treat too. He picked a brownie that was also topped with a rare vegan find: a pretzel covered in white chocolate and sprinkles. A layer of buttercream held it on top, adding another layer of sweetness. John really liked this brownie but my heart beats for the peanut butter version. The white chocolate covered pretzel just didn’t have the flavour punch I was hoping for.
I’d also spotted Vegan Treats’ Death by Chocolate cake on the Urban Housewfie‘s blog. During our first visit to Atlas, stock was running low with the weekly delivery being schedule for the next day. The Death by Chocolate cake was almost gone, only one generous portion remained. It was looking pretty destroyed, but I knew its condition wasn’t going to take away from the taste. They boxed it up for us and we took it home for dessert. Despite pushing the last day of its shelf life, it was relatively moist, with multiple layers of rich, creamy icing. We couldn’t really distinguish between the cake, icing, ganache and outer shell, but enjoyed it for the chocolaty mess it was.
The second time I visited Atlas, it was Vegan Treats delivery day and they had fresh boxes of donuts and sticky buns. I picked up one of each, opting for a sugar powdered jelly-filled donut and pecan glazed sticky bun.
The sticky bun was HUGE. As you can see from the picture, bigger than my hand. This wasn’t something that could be consumed in one sitting. It took two days and multiple people to polish it off. It was good, damn good. The best part being the sticky pecans covered in a sugary glaze and the center, where it was nice and gooey. The outer rings were a bit dry, but still enjoyable in small portions at breakfast and after lunch and dinner.
I haven’t had a lot of donuts in my vegan life. This was my first encounter with the jelly filled variety. It was okay. Pretty good on the first day when it was soft and oozing strawberry jelly but dry and hard on day two after spending the night in the fridge.
We were only able to try four of the many Vegan Treats’ desserts at Atlas Cafe. I would have liked to try more but there is only so much sugar a girl can consume in a week. NYC pushed us to the limit. Oh well, now we’re left with another reason to return and eat in the city again soon. Here’s a look at some of the other delicious options we didn’t have a chance to try.
Atlas Cafe serves real food too, not just dessert. There are a variety of sandwiches, salads, soups and chef specials on the menu. I didn’t check the food prices but the desserts are $3.00 – $6.00 USD. In my book, Atlas Cafe’s dessert counter is another must visit vegan spot in NYC.
73 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003-8643
Tel: (212) 539-0966