NYC Metro Area Vegan Restaurant Guide
Think Coffee (Bowery)
Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)
Menu indicates vegan items
$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)
- Visa ·
Mon-Fri 7am-12 midnight; Sat & Sun 8:30am-12 midnight.
6 train to Bleeker. B,D,F,V trains to Broadway-Lafayette.
Think Coffee (Bowery) 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 JamesR on February 3, 2009:
- I used to work close to Think Bowery, and over time all my employees made it a point not to go here. Although it fits in with the current Bowery aesthetic, it seems overpriced, even by the neighborhood's standards. Even basic things like coffee are just slightly more expensive than they should be. The whole cliche coffee shop employee thing rings true here, and frankly I'm over it. I can't stand the vibe.
Do yourself a favor and walk the three blocks to Atlas for a place with some character, and a lot more of a selection.
Review by Melissa Bastian on January 31, 2009:
- I'm shocked that no one has reviewed this spot yet - the place is always packed! Granted, it is a good bit smaller than the first Think location, but it still has a lot to offer.
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. 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.
As far as other food options, they 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 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 Bleecker Street location is what you'd call cozy. The exposed brick gives it an antiquated charm, and there is quite a high window-to-wall ratio. For the first couple of weeks that it was open last spring no one knew it was there, so it was my own private paradise. But then, unsurprisingly, it exploded! It is now frequently packed to the gills. In my opinion they did shove about two too many tables into the seating area, but hey, what else is new. It's still a great place to hang out.
They have interesting cultural events at both Thinks, and I'm proud to say that my zine release / art show was the first to occur at the Bleecker location. Since then they've had at least two other art shows and several readings, plus weekly gatherings such as the Writer's Round that happens every Monday night.
Definitely swing by when you're in the neighborhood. Grab a soy latte, and take a minute to chat with the staff - they're quite the cast of characters.