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Vegetarian Health Food Store and Cafe
Restaurant, General Store
Watkins is a well-stocked, all vegetarian health food store featuring refrigerated, boxed, canned, and frozen goods, in addition to fresh produce and personal care products.
They also offer a hot food bar specializing in Carribbean and soul food (collards, sweet potatoes, curried soy chicken, rice and peas, etc), and ready-to-go snacks like egg rolls (some, but not all are vegan), veggie patties, and roti. Watkins has a juice/smoothie bar and sells vegan cake from Red Mango bakery.
The dining area only has 2 tables so it's good for a quick snack but not for large groups.
on Oct 4 11
(last updated Oct 4 11)
Mark this place closed (permanently).
Most Recent Reviews
This is a real gem in the neighborhood because the surrounding area is mostly fast food and bodegas that lack healthy and vegetarian food. For the small space, Watkins stocks a good variety of products!
I stopped in for a snack the other day around noon but they said the hot buffet wouldn't be ready for another 30 minutes or so. :( I went with the calalloo patty (calalloo is often referred to as "Jamaican spinach"), which ran about $3 - not bad. I also got the vegan Caribbean egg roll, which was very tasty - stuffed with rice, beans, and jerk seasonings, but overpriced at $5. I finished it off with a slice of praline pecan cake that was $4.50 (a little pricey, but typical, I suppose), which was fantastic. I was eyeing up the red velvet so will have to grab that next time.
I must say that my favorite feature of this place is that they stock Red Mango vegan bakery - and a good variety! That had 5 or 6 cakes when I was in! The vast majority of veg restaurants in NYC have been stocking the same 6 Vegan Treats cakes forever so it's nice to have some variety.
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116 St (2, 3)
Central Park North (110 St) (2, 3)
116 St (A, B, C)
$ - inexpensive