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Little Lad's Basket

Food: 3.893.89
Atmosphere: 3.893.89
Service: 4.894.89

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41 Delancey
New York   NY 10002
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Veg level:

100% Vegan

Price Range:

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

Accepted Payments:

  • Cash Only


Lunch 11:00am to 3:00pm
Dinner on Saturdays by reservation only.

Delivery notes:

Little Lad's Basket did not deliver.


Buffet and a la carte at meal times. Also a large assortment of housemade items: tarts, pies, fruit, cookies, carob candies, bagels, granola, flavored popcorns, "Nice Cream", and more available for sale to dine in or to go.

They moved from the Financial District to the Lower East Side between August and October, 2011.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on March 21, 2013.

Shared Memories of Little Lad's Basket

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.893.89
Atmosphere: 3.893.89
Service: 4.894.89
  • Review by beanmail on November 30, 2009:

  • What do they put in their "herbal" popcorn? It is incredible. You can also get it at Urban Roots on Ave A & 4th.
  • Review by shkyp on August 18, 2009:

  • The posting, the editors here are wrong in one regard, it is ENTIRELY vegan, not MOSTLY. OK?!!!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by ariela on February 20, 2009:

  • I really like Little Lads! The food is really good (although they don't have much variation) they always have some sort of pasta, some sort of vegetable (usually corn or peas it seems),squash, and some sort of rice/couscous dish with chili, they also have a salad bar and a fruit/granola station(the granola with the white sauce is so good!), as well as soup (but the soup is not recommended!) The people who work there are really nice too! The man at the register always asks how lunch was and if you had good company haha it's cute. He also says if you don't like the food you don't have to pay. Last week I went with my friend & was asking about one of the sweets they sell(called Need 'Ems), he told me if I ate it in front of him and didn't like it, there was no cost & if I did like it, it was 1/2 price, anyways it was really good! chocolate with coconut on the inside("the original Need Em") Their macaroons are really good too!

    Also their prices have gone up, now it's $5.40(with tax) but still it's a really good deal for how much food you get! I always leave feeling full & still being full hours later.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by SLamb85 on July 10, 2008:

  • A rare gem for NYC. I've eaten at LLB about 5 times now, and the food has been consistently delicious. Try the cold tofu in the salad bar! Watch out for honey in the bean salad and baked goods(?unconfirmed?), but everything else is vegan even if it looks cheesy or creamy. The atmosphere is perfect for reducing stress.

    This is the kind of place to keep in mind when deciding where to live and work. Suitable for daily or almost daily lunch. A++

    One Warning--The food is a little on the salty side!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by kalibrena on June 12, 2008:

  • This place is amazing. I was running late so I had to get a cab to get there before breakfast was over, but it was so worth it. Vegan breakfast for only 3.99!!!! And the staff was awesome and helpful as well. We told the "server" how much we enjoyed the place and he gave us a free bag of popcorn. Definitely make time to go here!!!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by Andrew Phillip Tipton on March 19, 2008:

  • A friend and I went here after the recent Super Vegan blog post about it.

    All the reviews are pretty spot on.....a little weird, yes.....but super yummy/cheap. The people are all very nice, and we actually liked the crowd eating there. (expect business types, indians, and at least one hippie)

    All of the vegetables were great, except the chickpeas which were under cooked. (but who's complaining? its $3.99!!!!!!) Everything is very simple, which is sometimes exactly what you need.

    on the way out I got two pumpkin cookies that were awesome with coffee.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by lyra_silvertongue on March 9, 2008:

  • This place was a little hard to find, and I was really confused walking through such a nice building. We were a little confused about what we were supposed to do (at what point to pay, etc.) but the food was tasty and a great deal. The mac and cheese was great and the fresh fruit salad was fantastic. I've rarely seen such a variety of fresh fruit for so cheap (and including pears and plums). I didn't even realize it was a religious place until we were leaving the little lobby area, but it wasn't a big deal. We bought some of the pineapple coconut cookies on the way out and they were great. It was nice to have a healthy meal that was cheaper than a McDonalds value meal.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by Chet_Douglass on October 24, 2007:

  • I didn't try any of the treats or desserts (which looked delicious), but the vegan chili was pretty tasty. As of this Fall, the price is now $3.99 for "A heaping plate of food and a bowl of soup," but I don't need to tell you all that that is still a (st/d)eal.

    If you want cheap vegan food that reminds you of a community college cafeteria as operated by Jack Chick, this is the place for you. No one was preachy at all, AND there was a hilariously Devo VHS-tape playing near the check-out counter, explaining the health risks of a meat-based diet. It featured: a man droning in front of a bookshelf, illustrations of cavemen eating vegetables more often than wild-game, cross-sections of clogged arteries and, of course, Y*hw*h.

    No one has mentioned this yet, but there are also pretty cute cans of strawberry spritzer available.

    Do yourself a favor and bring some tactful friends when you go. (i.e. Don't go alone, because it's really depressing; and don't bring anyone who's gonna be an audibly snarky jackass around these very nice religious people.)
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by VHS on March 16, 2007:

  • This place is totally weird, but totally rad.
    I did a triple take before making my way through the marble lobby of this financial district monster building.
    But once I found my way downstairs, I knew this was a gem. Sure, it's run by Seventh-Day Adventists, but nobody said a peep about it. Their logic: Adam and Eve were vegan...

    You walk in, take a plate and a bowl for 2.99(!!!), fill up on anything and everything the buffet has to offer (especially go for the chili), and, as I was instructed to do by a staffer "just hang out".
    You pay when you leave, on what is basically an honor system. And yes, splurge for the dessert, if you're not too full. I had a delicious carrot macaroon.
    Also, Nice cream was available when I went on a Monday.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by Olivia Lane on November 23, 2006:

  • Despite its pervy sounding name, this establishment is quite awesome. The food isn't exactly gourmet, but still very good and wholesome tasting. I got there 10 minutes before closing and still I managed to load my plate with lots of food. I recommend wearing something with an elastic waistband when dining here.

    I'm happy I sprung a few extra dollars to buy a few freshly baked desserts. The "butter" cookies are out of this world. The pie was okay, though a little too healthy for my tastes, but then again I'm a sugar-fiend.

    The staff is very friendly and helpful. Even though this is a religious cafeteria, no one, not even the friendly lunch lady I sat with, uttered C-words like Church or Christ. I was surprised, grateful, and offended (am I not hip enough to roll with JC?) all at once.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 55

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