The Green Bean Cafe

Manhattan, New York City

3.9 / 1 vote

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Vegetarian (mostly vegan) American food cafe

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Caterer

Features dishes such as the organic tofu taco, vegaen sloppy joe, BBQ seitan wrap, vegan BLT, pasta dishes and numerous desserts, including some raw options. The only non-vegan dish appears to be one made with organic brown eggs.

Cash only.

Added by conde.kedar on Jan 24 09 (last updated Feb 19 12)

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Green Bean Cafe is a tiny joint with a variety of vegan baked goods, juices, other drinks, and some to-go wraps and sandwiches. There is space for about five to be seated comfortably, so I ended up having to walk around looking for a park bench to eat what I bought. This is not a place to get a sit-down meal.

The tofu breakfast burrito ($4) was tasty with marinated tofu in turmeric and also had bell peppers and onions. It was a little bit small, and the vegan cheddar cheese didn't melt (though it tasted just like real cheddar), but I would definitely get it again. I didn't like that it was wrapped in transparent plastic, but there aren't too many packing options to keep to-go foods hot and avoid messiness.

I also had a chocolate chip banana muffin, which was not only vegan, but also gluten-free ($2.50). I'm not sure how they managed this, but it was one of the most delicious, moist and balanced muffins I've ever had. It was fresh, kept its consistency without being crumbly, wasn't oily or heavy, and just tasted excellent. I crave another one as I write this review. I highly recommend their muffins, and probably their other vegan baked stuff, based on the quality of that muffin.

This place is a good 10-minute walk from the E. 77th St. subway station, and is in a random location with only apartments and schools nearby, but it's still a gem.

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Neighborhood

Upper East Side

Directions

Between E. 75th and 76th St.

Non-Smoking

No Reservations

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Cash Only

Cuisines

  • American
  • Raw Food
  • Eclectic (Varied)

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch

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Hours

7am - 9pm
9am - 9pm

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