Recently we found ourselves hoofing it over to the new vegan cafe in the Flatiron district, Terri, to check it out. We had just eaten dinner, so we were really just planning to show our moral support for the newest vegan eatery on the block (I'm lying, I knew I was having a shake no matter how full I was from dinner).
The staff was refreshingly warm and friendly without being at all phony or elitist in any way. The person who helped me even let me choose my preferred cupcake from the batch (swoon!). In addition to the scrumptious sounding made-to-order menu offerings, the fridge was packed with fresh juices, prepared salads, etc.: presumably for customers who need to literally grab and go.
While we didn't have any "real" food ourselves, the sandwiches that were being presented to our fellow customers were looking mighty good; the bacon cheddar chicken ranch is on my list for the next visit, with my companion eyeing the chickpea tuna melt. This trip, however, was all about dessert. The chocolate cupcake with vanilla bean frosting was moist & yummy, with refreshingly soft-- not stiff-- frosting (did we detect a hint of banana?). The chocolate chip (mocha?) brownie was more like a very dense and chocolatey cake: very filling. I will note that it was kind of strange eating these items off of recycled paper towels, as the cafe doesn't seem to offer plates (!). **update 3/11/10: Terri says plates are coming!
I'd be remiss if I didn't reiterate that in addition to the illustrious Butterfinger shake,Terri also offers an impressive assortment of sandwiches, salads, wraps, juices, smoothies, and snacks. But first and foremost, do yourself a favor and get a Butterfinger shake! As a matter of fact, go there right now, get the Butterfinger shake, digest, eat a sammie, digest, and then get another Butterfinger shake.
It is wonderful to welcome Terri's refreshing cafe to the otherwise
Note: watch yourself on their minimalistic stools; they're a little wobbly and you don't want to fall on your butt and risk wasting any of your goodies. Bones heal, but a cupcake on the floor is ruined for good.