NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Think Coffee (Mercer)
248 Mercer Street
New York NY 10012
Think Coffee (Mercer) website
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
- Visa ·
Mon-Fri 7am-midnight; Sat & Sun 8:30am-midnight.
Between 3rd and 4th Streets. A,B,C,D,E,F, V trains to West 4th Street.
Think Coffee (Mercer) does not deliver.
They have a limited though constantly changing selection of vegan snacks & sweets from Sacred Chow. Vegan tofu salads fro, Sacred Chow. Vegan panini too. Soymilk is available.
Review by Melissa Bastian on January 31, 2009:
- I worked at Think for a while, so I can give you the inside scoop. I'm happy to report that Think is everything it seems to be. No, they're not at all a vegetarian establishment. But they try to have some vegan offerings on hand - for example, the majority of the time they'll make sure that one of the two soups available for the day is vegan. And with only the rare (and generally short-lived) exception, the people who work there will go out of their way to figure out the ingredients of something they're unsure of.
For a while they were getting soba noodles and grilled tofu from Sacred Chow, which unfortunately they no longer do. But they do have vegan cheddar cheese and vegan Canadian bacon (yes, I've checked the ingredients) which make a really wicked grilled cheese! Try adding apple slices to it as well. In the morning there's tofu cream cheese or peanut butter for your bagel. And if you're lucky you can get a vegan cupcake (with rainbow sprinkles!) before they're sold out for the week.
They also keep soy milk on the bar at all times, something that very few coffee shops do. Naturally you can get any of the espresso drinks made with soy milk. And the chocolate syrup is vegan as well, so your soy mocha or hot chocolate will be clean as well as long as you opt out of whipped cream.
For me, and for many of us I think, veganism is a lifestyle that makes us aware of other globally important issues. So I really dig the fact that ALL of their coffee is fair trade and organic. Yes, they go through plenty of milk, but that milk for the most part comes from a small, local, organic dairy farmer - NOT freakin' Horizon (aka Dean Foods). They also do really get involved in the community as much as possible, up to and including donating a sizable portion of their proceeds to local organizations.
Oh yeah, and they totally have beer and wine!
The mercer location is pretty big. It gets full up with studying NYU students and their laptops, which can make it pretty hard to get a seat. But when you can get one it's a great place to hang out and do whatever - which is probably why it's always full! The only real "atmosphere" problem is the volume of the music. Turn it down guys, will ya!? Working the counter, I had that argument with my co-workers many a time. Ah, kids these days and their crazy rock and/or roll music...
So yes, even after working there, I love Think. They, well, think about stuff. Stop by, and tell the night crew I say hello.
Review by BANU on May 1, 2007:
- I love Think Coffee. They've got best coffee around, definitely. They have scrabble boards, coffee, couches, and snarky kids at the registers - all the requisites of a good coffee place.
I don't think they ever have vegan cupcakes anymore (they sucked anyways) but they've got some salads and soups (the chili is really good), along with tofu cream cheese and bagels (what I usually get). The coffee is really the s**t though, perfectly strong and delicious.
They've started a wine and cheese thing at night (I think it's really small scale though), along with $3 PBRs. I'm not sure what they're going for and I've never been, but there's always signs for it. Oh, and they'll give you your coffee in a non-disposable cup, if you ask, which is nice (only if you're staying though).