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Café Viva Natural Pizzeria

Food: 3.93.9
Atmosphere: 2.892.89
Service: 3.33.3

(11 customer reviews. Leave your own!)

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2578 Broadway
New York   NY 10025
(212) 663-8482
View this restaurant's page on other sites: MenuPages | Yelp

Veg level:

Vegetarian (not especially vegan)

Menu indicates vegan items

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)

Accepted Payments:

  • Visa
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  • Mastercard
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  • American Express

Payment notes:

$8 minimum for credit card charges.

Hours:

11:30am- 11:30pm daily.

Directions:

(between 97th St & 98th St)
Nearest Transit:
96th St (1, 2, 3)

Delivery notes:

Café Viva Natural Pizzeria delivers.

$8-$20 minimum, depending on distance.

Notes:

Offers a few varieties of vegan pizzas by the slice or you can also create your own pizza. The menu also has calzones, daily soups, and pasta dishes. They have daiya vegan cheese (on-line menus haven't been updated), miso marinated shredded tofu, soy sausage, pesto, pepperoni, tempeh and seitan toppings as well as choice of regular, whole wheat, cornmeal, spelt, and yeast free crusts. They carry Vegan Treats cakes too.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on November 9, 2010.

User Reviews of Café Viva Natural Pizzeria

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.93.9
Atmosphere: 2.892.89
Service: 3.33.3
  • Review by andreacarioca on March 6, 2011:

  • Best pizza in NYC with Daya VEGAN cheese, non-dairy pesto, tofu toppings, and tons of veggies options. The pie crusts are fantastic in wheat, spelt, and more, and the variety of deserts is very limited (some days they only have one type) but they are from Vegan Treats!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by MAdMaven NYC on February 11, 2011:

  • DO NOT ORDER ANYTHING FROM CAFE VIVA! Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. The owner is a liar and a crook! I had ordered from their online menu a couple of times and stopped into the store on Friday Feb. 11th to order what I had ordered online by delivery before. The lady at the counter gave me a printed menu that seemed different and I immediately questioned it and asked about the online menu. She (owner) told me that this was the new menu and she did not know anything about the online menu (which was a complete lie, but I did not know that at the time) . I ordered a pie off the menu in the store and took my pie home to find out, after calling the owner (person that helped me i or did not really help me in the store) that the pie I wanted was available. This pie had more ingredients for almost ten dollars less than what I paid in the store. The owner completely lied to me and manipulated me to spend more than I had to. I argued on the phone about this with her and asked her why she did not tell me that when I was in the store. She was just nasty and argumentative!! Very bad customer service! I would not trust these people! Run away! Far Away! they are really fakes, phony, and frauds in my opinion.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on March 9, 2010:

  • I am vegan and like the Pizza here. They used to have a great slice called the "Marinara" but they have changed the recipe and taken the oil out of the pizza dough. They have a new vegan cheese on a slice called "The Nomaggio" (that's right, vegan, sans casien). I am alittle concerned because for the past two days they have been closed. (No signs/notices) I wonder if it is for renovation or maybe a citation from DOH. I hope they reopen soon
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by turtledog on May 31, 2009:

  • Since becoming vegan, my husband and I have missed pizza. We were in the neighborhood so we headed to Viva and got some slices to go. There were several (over 4) different vegan slices to choose from with various crusts: regular, whole wheat and spelt.

    We had The Mother Earth: whole wheat crust with a spicy tomato sauce, broccoli, carmelized onions and soy meat. It was delicous. Even better was the Zen slice: green tea herbed miso-tofu, green tea basil pesto, shitake and maitake mushrooms, carmelized onions, sundried tomato and roasted garlic on a green tea herbed spelt crust (The Super Antioxidant Pizza). We got that slice as an experiment to see what it would be like, not expecting to love it so much.

    Service was fast and friendly. Prices are a bit expensive (about $5-7 per slice but the slices are huge with tons of toppings). The menu is large and they are willing to veganize their dishes.

    The menu clearly states that they soy cheese contains casein. It would be great if they would use vegan cheese but they are not trying to pass soy cheese off as vegan and honestly, the slices we had didn't need cheese. The flavors were incredible.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by xruderthanyoux on October 12, 2008:

  • IF THIS IS THE PLACE IN THE UPPER WEST SIDE, VEGANS BEWARE.
    i just called them yesterday and was told that all of their soy cheese contains 10% casein.
  • Food: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by ivyviolet on June 11, 2008:

  • Actually - they have Teese now for pizza. They coat it thick, so it's got a bit of a plastic-y feel, but it's still tasty. I just passed by yesterday and saw that they also have Temptation ice cream, and a new vegan stuffed artichoke dish on the menu.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by MollyG on June 10, 2008:

  • So, I know I've reviewed Viva before, but I just wanted to offer a word of warning: The soy cheese is not vegan. It has casein in it. Sad, but true. Stick to the Zen slice. I'm a fan. And dessert, duh.
  • Review by BankBank on June 9, 2008:

  • Haven't eaten here in a long time, but the time I tried it I liked it. The regular cheese is better than average, the corn pizza was a bit odd, and some sort of veggie-topped slice was delicious. Tasted very fresh and wholesome, and a lot of the different choices seemed pretty interesting. If you eat in, it's a crowded pizza joint.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by keramel on January 23, 2008:

  • I can't eat here enough. They have lots of vegan pastas, soup, and a good amount of vegan pizza options (make your own, or they always have at least two vegan pizzas ready).

    The restaurant is tiny and always crowded. You sometimes can't get a seat and when the door opens in winter it's super cold! But so what. The food is hot and delicious and the desserts (vegan treats) are out of this world.

    The bread is also quite yummy (comes with the salad or soup).

    Prices are reasonable, too. Counter service.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by surplusj on December 13, 2007:

  • I'm a lactard vegetarian, not a real vegan, so this place is a dream for me. The soy cheese is delicious and melty - I didn't even have the usual problem of it sticking to the roof of my mouth, though my friend said she did. The atmosphere is standard pizza parlor. And the pizza's pretty delicious. I think they cook very low-salt here, but they have a salt shaker along with the red pepper and garlic powder. (Also, I went with non-vegan friends, and they had some soy cheese and some dairy, and very much liked it.) The vegan carrot cake I had was also wonderful, if a little oily. I miss pizza very much in my cheeseless life, and this was delicious.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by MollyG on May 26, 2007:

  • Good pizza (I like being able to order pizza just like everyone else sometimes!). The Zen slice is good. Best of all, though: They have Vegan Treats cake slices for dessert! All of their desserts are vegan! Vegan pizza and cake in one place? I'm in heaven!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55

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