Whole Earth Bakery & Kitchen

Manhattan, New York City

Closed as of Dec 31 12

130 St. Marks Place
New York, New York 10009


3.2 / 10 votes

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All vegan bakery focusing on healthier desserts

Coffee/Tea/Juice, Grocery/Bakery/Deli, Caterer

Small vegan bakery in the East Village that makes muffins, breads, cookies, pies, cheese cakes as well as soups, turnovers, sandwiches and other specialties. Mostly a take-out place with a small bar to eat at. Many wheat free, sugar free, oil free options. No refined sugars, honey, margarine or hydrogenated fats.

Cash, credit cards, levelup

Added by starfive on Nov 15 03 (last updated Dec 30 12)

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Truth be told, before I moved to New York, I was never one to eat vegan food. Heck, there weren't even any vegan joints where I grew up. (Think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding when the aunt finds out the guy is a vegetarian and says, "You don't eat no meat. That's okay... I make lamb!" Yeah, you get the idea.

So you can imagine my reaction when my wife (then girlfriend) suggested getting food from Whole Earth... Eeeeeeh.

Back then it was cash only and much smaller than it is now. Let's just say my experience was so incredible, that I've been a return customer ever since for the last six years!

As I mentioned, they now accept credit cards and have added more space.

They employees are so kind and accomodating. The owner, Peter, is an absolute sweetheart!

I've never tasted healthy food so delicious. A few of my favorites are the blueberry tofu cheesecake, gingersnaps, chocolate trifle, apple-strawberry turnovers, and vegan lasagna.

Okay, I'm hungry.
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This is a cute, healthy-desserts bakery. Everything's vegan and mostly organic. Given that I'm partial to healthier desserts these days (i.e. no white flour, no refined sugar), this place suits me well.

I had a chewy brownie ($4), a slice of chocolate peanut butter cheesecake ($6), a chocolate walnut cookie ($3) and a hemp flax cookie ($2).

There's very little space inside here, so I took my goods to go and ate on a bench in Tompkins Square Park next door.

The brownie was awesome in flavor, if just a tad crumbly. The cookie was also excellent, and not dry or hard at all. The walnut really accented the chocolate chips well. The hemp flax cookie was unusual and while it wasn't my favorite, I can't say that I disliked it either. I appreciate that it's a risky offering and probably an acquired taste. Lastly, the cheesecake had a raw flavor (I think it was a raw dessert, but I'm not sure) and while I wasn't terribly fond of it, my friends enjoyed it the most (and none of them are vegan).

All told, I would definitely return to Whole Earth Bakery. If they had more seating (why not set up some tables outside with their ample sidewalk space?) and accepted credit cards, I'd be back all the time, just to try something new and unusual.

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East Village


At St. Marks Place and Avenue A.


Wheelchair Accessible


  • MasterCard Visa


  • American


  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Gluten-Free Options
  • Wi-Fi


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10:30am - 10:30pm

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