JivamukTea Cafe

Manhattan, New York City

Vegan Yoga Cafe

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice, Organization

Opened in May 2006, this Yoga center features a Vegan Cafe. It offers hot and cold teas and coffees, smoothies, juices, as well as a variety of sandwiches and baked goods.

Added by inah on May 10 06 (last updated Mar 14 12)

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JivamukTea Cafe - outstanding Vegan food. counter service from cheerful, helpful staff.. Plenty of space for diners. Food is all Vegan and mostly organic - fresh, delicious. Some raw choices. Daily specials soup and entre. Also gluten-free choices and some gluten-free deserts.
Open from late morning until 9 pm.
I have been going for lunch at least once per week for the past six months. The food is very satisfying, healthy and delicious. I am grateful.
JivamukTea is on the second floor, just north of 13th St on B'way. The Cafe is associated with a yoga studio.

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This is a hippie yoga cafe with a decidedly bohemian atmosphere. You eat at long wooden benches, though are separated tables as well. The place is hard to find; there's a sign outside, but you have to walk into a small entryway to the building, go past the security guard, walk one floor up the unmarked staircase, and through the first door you see with a piece of paper saying "yoga studio."

I went with two non-veg colleagues and they seemed to like their food (one ordered a portobello panini and the other ordered a veggie burger); I was not that impressed with my tempeh bacon BLT ($11), however. I liked the tempeh bacon, but the sandwich was pretty small and I didn't like the excessive use of vegan mayo. I also was not impressed with the salad that came with the dish. It was mostly bitter green leaves (some kind of lettuce?) covered in a bitter orange-colored dressing. I wish they'd given fries as a side instead.

On my second visit I had a cup of chai, which was homemade, but not particularly flavorful (needs more ginger and cardamom and cinnamon). Their lemon pound cake was really good, though, as was their chocolate chip cookie.

As this is a yoga cafe, there was also a "natural" bent to things---water is served at room temperature, as is the fresh orange juice I ordered ($3). The cafe was extremely hot, though I think that might have been because of the 62-degree, record-high temperature outside on the day I visited (February 11, 2009). The second time I went, this time in June 2010, it was borderline hot, with only the lightest touch of air conditioning to make things bearable.

Be warned that while you might see a fair number of amazingly beautiful young people in the cafe, you will also get some unpleasantness---for example, one guy in short shorts and a tiny tank-top proceeded to do lots of stretching and yoga postures not four feet in front of my table; another guy with a beard, long hair, and a wool sweater, plumped down next to me at his table, and proceeded to remove both his shoes and his grimy socks. That was not cool.

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Union Square


Between 13th and 14th Street. Above the Cosi Cafe.


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$ - average


  • American Express MasterCard Visa


  • American
  • Eclectic (Varied)


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Brunch
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Wi-Fi



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