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Atlas Café & Bakery

73 2nd Avenue
New York   NY 10003
(212) 539-0966
Fax: (212) 539-1892
Atlas Café & Bakery website
View this restaurant's page on other sites: MenuPages | Yelp

Veg level:

Not Vegetarian (decent vegan options)

Menu indicates vegan items

Price Range:

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

Accepted Payments:

  • Cash Only

Hours:

open to around midnight

Directions:

between 4th & 5th Streets.
Nearest Transit:
2nd Ave-Houston St (F, M)
Uptown Bleecker St-Lafayette St or Astor Place(6)
8th St-Broadway (R, W)

Delivery notes:

Atlas Café & Bakery delivers.

$12.00 delivery minimum.
Delivery estimate is 15 - 30 min.

Notes:

Large vegan options menu: sandwiches, crepes, breakfast, salads, and dessert. Atlas carries the most extensive selection of Vegan Treats brand cakes and brownies in NYC. The vegan soft serve ice cream with a variety of optional "mix-ins" and the vegan crêpes also make this a popular destination.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on November 3, 2010.

User Reviews of Atlas Café & Bakery

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.933.93
Atmosphere: 3.073.07
Service: 3.233.23
  • Review by Gastronomy gals on April 16, 2011:

  • Attention all vegans" Atlas is a fraud!!! Their own Hispanic counter staff said the owner regualry puts real cheese and dairy in so called vegan meals and says and I qoute "like they can tell the difference " my spouse went to order a crepe he looked left and right and said "if your vegan that has real cheese in it " he said he argues with the owner but that he refuses to stop the practice and he cooks crepes and other dishes on the same grills as the salmon , eggs and chicken. When we asked about a problem he screamed at us and told us to get out . ATLAS is Not worth the insults and definitely not worth the chance your being poisoned with animal product. Dear Sir if you want to stay in business i suggest you look up a atlas on the meaning of vegan I have been a chef for 38 years and your are the kind of owner who gives the business a bad name
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by lucifly on March 2, 2010:

  • great blueberry vegan muffin. however, staff weren't friendly and vibes were weird.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by vegyum on June 3, 2009:

  • Go to Atlas cafe Tuesday (after 6pm) and Wednesday morning/afternoon for the biggest donut selection from Vegan Treats. Boston creme (and coconut) are absolutely delicious. They'll let you view the selection of donuts behind the counter if you ask (what donuts do you have). Small place, recommend for takeout. vegan Ice-cream not recoommended unless you do enjoy an icy (think slushy, watery, but somewhat refreshing) texture. They don't accept credit cards, so make sure you have cash
  • Review by Minion of Seitan on April 12, 2009:

  • I love Atlas. All the food is so good, and they've got every Vegan Treat in the world. True, it can get crowded, but everyone is always very nice about it. And the service is personal and excellent. It just feels good at Atlas!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by courtneythevegan on April 6, 2009:

  • This is my favorite restaurant in the city, bar none! Their smoothies and bagels are killer! I manage to get there about once a month, and leave with 3 everything bagels with tofu cream cheese and (my new favorite) a smoothie made of their fabulous vanilla soft serves, soymilk, strawberry and banana. Anything with their "chick'n" is good too. But their tofu cream cheese is wonderful!

    It can get cramped, but it's all part of the atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly, I've never had any problem with folks leaning over my shoulder to look at the desserts. And they do have some outdoor seating as well, which is really nice!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 44
  • Review by Danny R on March 22, 2009:

  • Here is Atlas Cafe's menu online and you can also order online directly:
    http://www.mymealworld.com/restaurant_browse_menu.asp?id=160
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by vegbklove on February 16, 2009:

  • I've been going to Atlas for such a while now, and I love it every time. Their sweets case is the most appetizing thing ever, and they have soft serve! I love love love their vegan crepe, philly sandwich, and the tofu cream cheese/ "chicken" sandwich is AWESOME! The people that own it are nice too!
    Any place with a peanut butter bomb shake is killer in my book! :)
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by myfi on February 4, 2009:

  • I got pretty lucky the only time I visited here. This was a Monday afternoon and it was completely deserted. I can see how it would be overcrowded in peak times though. All I had was the vegan soft serve, which I hear can be hit and miss, but it was definitely a hit. My dairy eating friend even liked it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by JamesR on February 3, 2009:

  • I've been going to Atlas for years and I absolutely love it! They have the biggest selection of Vegan Treats, the staff is great, and the other food they have is actually quite good.

    The (savory)crepes are by far my favorite, but they've got some pretty good sandwiches as well. The space is small, but that is one of the great things about it. Sure it gets busy at times, and it can get crowded, but that's what I love about this place. It has a solid group of regulars, and when I used to work around the corner, every time I went in they'd have a coffee waiting for me. So perfect. This place is an NYC institution.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Melissa Bastian on January 31, 2009:

  • I don't really understand why people go to Atlas. The only reason I ever had was for their soft serve, and now that Lula's has opened that reason has evaporated. There are two major points that I take issue with at Atlas: 1) they serve meat, and 2) the place is so small that it's almost impossible to order anything!

    They'd really be doing themselves a favor to remove all of the indoor seating. It doesn't fit. It's miserable to sit in there, and the presence of the tables makes it miserable to try to get up to the counter to order anything. Forget trying to see what's in the pastry case. On top of it all, they don't serve a single thing that I can't get elsewhere. (Want Vegan Treats cake? Go to Curly's!)

    If Atlas was in, say, Bentonville, Arkansas, I'm sure it would be really hot shit among the vegetarian and vegan crowds. As it is though, it's in the middle of the East Village of NYC. Given its infinitely superior competition, I sometimes wonder how it even remains open.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 33
  • Review by smalltownvegan on January 1, 2009:

  • We love Atlas!! This has been our favorite vegan place while visiting New York. I can't wait to go back tomorrow. It is TINY so it gets really crowded, but I thought the guys in the back were really nice and helpful. The selection is unreal and the food is excellent. The menu can be overwhelming, but I love the idea that there is always something new I can get later. The Vegan Treats are very good as well. Try this place!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by squirrely on December 16, 2008:

  • the selection of desserts is overwhelming; i've never seen so many vegan desserts in one place before. there are donuts, cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and crazy slices of cake to choose from. i tried a vegan crepe with artichoke hearts and fake chicken and it was quite nice. it came with a small side salad as well, which i appreciated. the coffee was pretty mediocre and it's really cramped even with the patio open. the service is not so great either. if i lived nearby i would come here all the time for cake and crepes. i think its best to get a carryout and eat it in the park.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by poisonpuss on July 28, 2008:

  • atlas cafe. really. i liked the place. it curbed recent hunger pangs for a meat-like chew. and was always there for my cake face-stuffing needs. but this all came to a brief hault on wednesday night.

    i had not eaten the day before..after running 20 hours on fumes of past food particles in me tum, i ran to atlas for the usual Vegan morocan chicken wrap. my favourite. i sat down and took an enourmous bite. but something seemed a bit off. that heavily textured chew was not present and my teeth new the meat was meat. chicken meat to be exact. maybe i was acting a little crazy since i was so famished. maybe its because i had a prior incident at Salsa Salsa in port jefferson. but i brought the meat in question to the counter and explained.. "i think this is chicken. am i wrong or is this chicken? it looks like chicken to me." the guy looked at it looked at me and said.. yep chicken. I LOST IT.
    i have not ingested animal flesh in quite some time and now i had pieces inside of me. i tried to remain calm,even though my nerves were already shakey from hunger.. but i said.. "youre calmly saying yes thats chicken? shoudlnt that matter?" the othe rman behind the counter let out a smirk and i started squalking like the very chicken inside of me.



    its one thing to be in a kitchen and make a mistake.. even if they serve vegan food and should check what they are sending out..if they actually care about their customers. i know doubt that. but to add insult to it, i didnt enjoy someone smirking because they fucked up and i was upset. they didnt say sorry. they didnt offer anything free. i demanded my money back. i would have left but i go there pretty often. even more reason for them to kiss my ass. but nothing. after more yelling and appologizing at some point, i made them give me a free sandwich and ate it. talked to some lovely 19 year olds who sympathized and left. NEVER TO GO THERE AGAIN. i will not eat food from cross contaminated kitchens. i dont want meat in my food. if i did id have my momma cook it.

    as good as the desserts are.. and as late as theyre open for a food fix at night..fuck em. the service is crap unless badu is working. otherwise those pricks dont care about anyones food choices. the place is there to make money off of vegans.. who could really trust a vegan/meat place anyway?
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by kalibrena on June 12, 2008:

  • This is my absolute favorite spot in New York. A friend and I were in town for a few days and were here 4 times. The staff is super super friendly. They gave us free cakes! I'm sad that I didn't get a chance to try the vegan sandwiches, but I WILL be back, so until next time!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by NotBuyingIt on February 8, 2008:

  • This is my second favorite restaurant. I love the wide selection and tasty food. Service is not necessary when you are fighting a crowd to get cheap delicious food. Nice people do not affect the quality or taste of the food. Anyway, they have always been nice to me. Even though there is meat on their menu :( I appreciate that they have one of the largest, tastiest selections of vegan fare in NYC. And despite the ever expanding veg restaurant explosion, they manage to stay pretty unique.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
  • Review by ariela on November 30, 2007:

  • I feel the need to write a better review after my harsh one last time. Since the last time..the same guy gave me a free donut & other people who work there occasionally let me sample the cakes. I think they just have multiple personalities cos on some days they're so unfriendly & other days quite nice! I think it's probably cos it can get pretty chaotic in there! The biggest problem there is that it gets really cramped cos it's so small.
    Anyways! the ginger chicken wrap is my favorite(it's listed as a sandwich but it tastes better in a wrap). Their crepes are really good too and of course they a larger selection of vegan treats than any other place.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by jaundice on October 31, 2007:

  • We came here for dessert and were really disappointed. It had been hyped up, but the soft serve was gross, the grasshopper brownie was absolutely awful (the mint part was tough, rubbery, and low on flavor), the crepe was like a shoe (no taste of grand marnier, and really tough), and only the plain brownie ala mode was any good (and still not exceptional). I guess it's hit or miss here?

    Service was also pretty slow, my crepe took almost 20 minutes to arrive.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by vegan2525 on August 9, 2007:

  • Atlas is my second favorite place to eat (food is always what I mojorly judge a place on). Yes it's Tiny (so east village), Yes, sometimes the service can get downright Rude (so east village) and you can't find anything like it anywhere else (see last parenthesis). yes I love all the charm and am thankful that unlike many other great Mom and Pop places they are still around. Yum! on all the flavorful spices they use and good quality food (half of it Vegan), ethnic as well as some American choices and "What a Selection!". All this for $5 to $10. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by ariela on July 2, 2007:

  • ok so i used to go to atlas ALL the time. probably once a week or once every two weeks. my favorite was the vegan ginger chicken sandwich and of course I couldn't leave without picking up a vegan treat. The last time I ordered the sandwich to go and when I got on the train, opened it and they had put real chicken in it!! grrr i went back that night to return it, they were going to make me a new one but it was midnight & i wasn't in the mood to have a sandwich then so the guy basically threw my money at me and didn't even apologize!! makes me so mad especially since i go in there all the time, they know I'm a good customer & that's no way to treat someone. I know they've messed up on the vegan chicken vs real chicken before on other people i know. I understand all places mess up but to not even say sorry and to hand me back my money in such a rude manner?! it makes me not want to go back.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by evelinemater on July 2, 2007:

  • We only tried the soft serve which I'd been looking forward to for months since first reading about it. And we thought it was TERRIBLE. Overly sweet, artificial, lumpy & grainy. You might be tempted to try it anyway, but you'd be better off going to the deli on the NW corner of 4th St. & 2nd Ave & buying a box of Tofutti Brand Marry Me chocolate covered vanilla bars. That's not soft serve, but at least they're edible.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by BANU on May 1, 2007:

  • The moroccan chicken sandwich is AMAZING. Also, the soup is really really good. The food, in general, is simple, and seems like stuff you could make at home. But they're open late and fairly cheap, so I'm there at least once a month. Save room for desert. Always. The place is small and is probably crowded at decent hours, but at 10 or 11 (or midnight), we've never had an issue with it. It's cute. Not a "cool" atmosphere, but fun with friends. The guys that work there are a bit surly, and make sure to double check you got what you ordered, because those kind of things are screwed up pretty often. But they'll fix it, so it's all good.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by susie on November 9, 2006:

  • Good for just desserts (if you don't make yourself sick with bad puns beforehand): vegan softserve and a large selection of Vegan Treats at reasonable prices, ~4.50$ a piece (Tuesday is cake day). The sandwiches I've had have all been decent enough, when they remember to include everything (e.g. lettuce, tomato, avocado, ...) - thus I've learned to check my order right as I get it. It can get rather stuffy when there's no outside seating, but you can always get your order to-go. I'm sure there are better ones that I'm not as familiar with, but Atlas is a pretty good place to take meateaters who might not be willing to go somewhere veg and still have a lot of options for yourself. Hey, I didn't say they were your friends, just that you know them, and you might be forced to interact sometimes, like I am.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by quincyq03 on October 14, 2006:

  • I've only been there once, so I won't be as harsh as I could be...

    I went there and it was almost impossible to find a place to sit. We finally found a place, but it was kind of cramped.
    I ordered some vegan pancakes and rice milk.
    It took a while to get the order and I watched the guy pour my rice milk, spilling a bunch in the process. Like someone else said, it just seems like they were kind of rushing...

    Overall, the food was decent, but I only tried one item.
    The service was mediocre and so was the atmosphere.

    However, given their options and the fact that I only went there once, I would like to try it again sometime.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by frank language on July 28, 2006:

  • Well, I get take-our from Atlas at least once a week - often their Vegan Treats, but I've tried a few of their wraps, which are very excellent, particularly the Moroccan Vegan Chicken (thanks for the tip, Olivia.)

    However, their atmosphere sucks; I'd rather get a take-out meal and juggle it while walking - which I've done - than sit inside and get a wrap on a paper plate with a side of potato chips. Half their seating is outside, which is nice if you like breathing the fumes of 2nd avenue.

    That said, their staff is great; I made the mistake of ordering their Moroccan Chicken Wrap, and they made it over [vegan, please] from scratch for me. Thanks, guys.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 44
  • Review by missteenbuffalo on June 27, 2006:

  • wow, laura's review is undeservedly harsh.
    Atlas is one of my favorite spots in manhattan to get fat on vegan yumms.
    For the most part (of course there are exceptions) the guys behind the counter are total sweethearts (marjuan, carmello, oualid and oualid II)
    I just re-did the signage wall myself-- everything is color coded: red means meaty, green means veggie, and vegan things say VEGAN.
    while the menu is huge, it's cause you get a shit-ton of options! how is that ever a bad thing?
    It is a small, popular, family owned business, so if you're looking for perfection i can see how you'd be upset, but if you wait 2 minutes a table usually opens up and The Andrea Sandwich/ piece of cake combo will keep you coming back on an almost daily basis likey myself.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by ktmccoy82 on June 2, 2006:

  • While I do agree with the review about the service, the food is worth it. Just know what you want and take it to go.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by Laura Leslie on May 26, 2006:

  • Everyone I know loves Atlas, so I find it strange that I really hate the place. Every time I've been there, I've been greeted with a scowl, been rushed to give my order, and been treated rudely when I tried to ask questions.

    The place is tiny and there's almost nowhere to sit. The menu is HUGE and spread out over all the walls, which is a complete pain in the ass to read, especially when the walls are blocked by people crowded into the tiny space. Plus it's hard to tell what's vegan, since they serve meat too, and not everything's well labeled.

    People go here for the soy ice cream, but, you know, you can just buy better ice cream at a grocery store. Or go to Vegetarian's Paradise 2--their homemade ice cream is delicious. At Atlas they mix it with various questionable substances--for example, the peanut butter is one of those sugar-loaded, questionably vegan mainstream brands. I tried ordering a smoothie here once--they said it would just have fruit in it (and got pissed when I asked for details) but it gave me a headache; I'm sure it had sugar added.

    People also come here for the Vegan Treats cakes (delivered Tuesdays) but you can get those plenty of places. Walk a few blocks up to Viva Herbal Pizza (at 2nd and 11th) for the same cake with much nicer atmosphere and better service. And if you are going to Atlas for the cakes, make sure they give you a fresh one and not stale leftovers from last week.

    I've only ordered a few food items--one was the avocado/artichoke chicken sandwich, with had no avocade, the worst artichokes I've ever tasted, and a huge lump of vegan "chicken" that was so gross I couldn't bring myself to eat it.

    I find Atlas to be a stressful and unpleasant experience. But other people love it, so I suppose you should give it a shot yourself before taking my word.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by Olivia Lane on May 21, 2006:

  • I love Atlas. I'm all about the Moroccan Vegan "Chicken" Wrap, frozen vanilla tofu and peanut butter mix-in, and, of course, the Vegan Treats cakes. Don't come with a bunch of friends, because it's hard to get a seat sometimes. However, in the Spring/Summer they do have lots of sidewalk seating, which is a great way to take advantage of the sun and the benefits of second-hand smoking.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44

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