Atlas Cafe

Manhattan, New York City


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First let me start by saying that this place gets the 5 star rating based solely on the dessert selection, which is provided by Vegan Treats out of Bethlehem, PA. Delivery day is Tuesday, so that is the best day to go and get cake, brownies, doughnuts, etc. I have not been disappointed by any of the baked goods. Vegan Treats delivers to a bunch of other places in the city but this has the best selection hands down. If you have a sweet tooth you should definitely visit.

As far as the rest of the menu, I've had a few different things here. I got a strawberry and peach smoothie which was ok, but nothing special. I've had a slew of bad milkshakes here, so avoid those. My default menu item for this place is a fake chicken sandwich with cream cheeze, red roasted pepper and avocado, but I can't for the life of me remember what it is called, which is pretty good and a decent price at $6.50 or so.

This place is cash only but there is a fee ATM at the bodega few doors south on 2nd Ave. The service I've received there is usually less than stellar.

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update: Last time I got stuff here the vegan soft serve was lousy and not like I remembered it at all. It was all watery and tasteless and awful too. The desserts were still terrific, though.

They also have a new location a couple blocks from Washington Square Park called "Little Atlas," which is pretty handy.

This place is quite wonderful! They have "real" food--sammiches and such--but I can only attest to the grandeur of their many vegan desserts. A whole case of cakes, brownies, bars, etc! As well as vegan soft serve with all sorts of toppings that you can eat sundae-style or have mulched into a shakey state for your enjoyment. Not the kind of place you sit down. They have about one table and two and a half chairs. But great to go there and grab treats before continuing on your way.

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Atlas has a huge selection of vegan desserts, pastries and donuts (though the donuts sell out almost immediately when they arrive on Tuesdays, so go early, as I learned the hard way). Their chocolate cake was decent, but a bit bland. Service is friendly and the location is nice, though, with outside seating.

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This is such a great little cafe. The food is always fresh and delicious. It's great when you want a quick bite and you want something that's not your typical quick NYC fast food in a wrapper.
It's a small mom and pop kind of cafe. It can get crowded at times, whether it's in the morning, afternoon or night.... but I can't stay away!

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The Moroccan chicken sandwich is very good. Also, the soup is really really good. The food, in general, is simple, and seems like stuff you could make at home. But they're open late and fairly cheap, so I'm there at least once a month. Save room for desert. Always. The place is small and is probably crowded at decent hours, but at 10 or 11 (or midnight - I think they close at 1 am), we've never had an issue with it. It's cute. Not a "cool" atmosphere, but fun with friends. The guys that work there are a bit surly, and make sure to double check you got what you ordered, because those kind of things are screwed up pretty often. But they'll fix it, so it's all good.

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They've got a mostly-vegetarian menu, a lot of which can be ordered sans-cheese/dressing to make it vegan. They also have quite a few vegan offerings (clearly marked on the menu--the last time I was there it occupied its own section of the menu board), the best of which include their delicious cakes. I'm not certain about their other desserts, but all cakes (including cupcakes/single service cakes/whole cakes/slices) at Atlas are vegan. The cake slices are incredible and seem to be fresh baked each morning and then throughout the day as replacing becomes necessary. The cookies and cream cake is amazing. It turns out the cakes are from PA-based bakery Vegan Treats.

As mentioned before: there's really nowhere to sit (there are a few tables and there's also a bathroom behind the cake case/counter area), but there are benches outside and they do package everything to go.

Note: the service isn't bad, but the cooks/cashiers are mostly unfriendly and pretty rude.

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