Little Bird

Manhattan, New York City

Closed as of Mar 25 11

182 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009
212-677-4460

Vegan

3.3 / 1 vote

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vegan cafe/coffee shop

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice

Little Bird is an all-vegan cafe in Alphabet City serving up baked treats, coffee, and tea. All baked goods are made in-house and they will soon be expanding the menu to include small plates of vegan food and are working on getting a license to serve organic beer and wine.

Little Bird has also been wholesaling their baked goods to local stores like Earth Matters, Liquiteria, Jack's Coffee, Gimme! Coffee and Kula Yoga."

Added by Cass Danger on Jun 27 10 (last updated Sep 15 11)

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Little Bird is a quiet, small little coffee shop that has a few vegan baked goods and a decent selection of tea and coffee drinks.

There's not much seating or space in general, so don't expect to come here with your laptop and hang out (that said, they do have free wireless).

We came and had one chocolate raspberry bar ($3.50) and a vanilla fig ball ($3.50). Both of them were raw-by-default, fruit and nut type of desserts, which are tasty enough, but not exactly as satisfying as a cupcake or donut or cookie. For the price, both were pretty small, so I think they're both a rip-off.

Similarly, our tea drinks were pretty expensive. Considering it was just tea leaves with hot water (and added almond milk), I don't see why the price should come to $4 a piece. They serve it to you in a cool-looking mug, though.

Even Starbucks doesn't charge that much for a cup of tea with soy milk. All told, I spent $16 on two cups of tea and two small baked goods. That's absurd, even by New York standards.

My main suggestions for improvement, Little Bird: 1) lower your prices as cups of tea should be no more than $2, even if you're serving loose-leaf stuff, while baked goods should cost a maximum of $2-3 a piece; 2) offer some better vegan desserts, maybe from Boomtown Bakery, or some place that does cheesecakes and cookies. These raw fig and date and nut contraptions are decent, but don't exactly push the vegan movement forward.

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I tried stopping in the other night and they were closed at 7pm (gate down, lights off, no staff inside), which is VERY strange for a Manhattan spot in the summer time. There was also a sign from the city on the door, which made me think they were closed for repairs or violations, but I didn't see any info about that on the notice. On the other hand, it looked like there were some baked goods inside one of their cases inside so I don't know what to think.

If you're in the neighborhood, stop by to see if they're open, but don't make a 30-minute trip out of your way like I did because they may not be open.

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Neighborhood

East Village

Directions

L train to 1st Ave.

Non-Smoking

No Reservations

Prices

$ - inexpensive

Cash Only

Cuisines

  • American

Features

  • Quiet
  • Wi-Fi

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Hours

7:30am - 7:30pm
9am - 6pm

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