Birdbath (Build a Green) Bakery

Manhattan, New York City

3.7 / 2 votes

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vegan-friendly bakery


Birdbath Bakery (this location is also known as "Build a Green Bakery") is an eco-friendly bakery that began offering vegan items, including chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, and sometimes has vegan muffins and cakes. Vegan items are clearly marked.

Birdbath Bakery has walls made of wheat, (biodegradable) cups made of corn, countertop displays and shelves made of 100% recycled paper, and is 100% wind-powered. Their floors are made of reclaimed wood from Pennsylvania, and the stains and steelers for the wood are water-based. The paint (both indoor and outdoor) is non-toxic, and they use vintage light fixtures with energy-saving bulbs. Birdbath uses local ingredients whenever possible and they even compost! This location also delivers its goods to their West Village location (by bicycle-driven cargo, of course).

This location also offers a 25% discount to anyone who arrives on a bike (see their sign in the window). There is no indoor seating at this location.

Added by Cass Danger on Feb 5 09 (last updated Feb 5 09)

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I like the concept of this place (simple bakery with bicycle deliveries) and the generous discount they give to bikers.

They only had two or three vegan options when we went, and their vegan chocolate chip cookie ($2.50) was good, but not great. That said, they make all their own stuff, and fill a niche in the East or West Village, so I'd definitely come back to try their other options.

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I happened to walk by this place about a year ago and noticed their "50% discount for anyone arriving on a bike" sign. I couldn't believe the discount. I didn't think they'd have vegan cookies, but when I went in to check, they actually did! They weren't my favorite, but I kept going back since I love the idea of this place and it's better than packaged vegan cookies.

I prefer the chocolate chip to the oatmeal raisin cookie, and I definitely like the cookies more than I used to. They're good cookies, I just tend to prefer softer cookies. The only time I had something other than the cookie (I believe it was a raspberry cupcake or something), I didn't particularly care for it. It was too healthy tasting to be a cupcake.

Also, the bike discount has since decreased to 25%, but it's still a huge discount.

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East Village


L train to 1st ave, walk a block south


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8am - 10pm
9am - 9pm

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