If the idea of vegan desserts — sweets made with no animal or dairy products — makes you a bit suspicious (i.e., can they really be that tasty?), there’s a new vegan bakery that would love you to swing by. Sweets by Chloe, which debuted in the West Village last week, is serving up cakes, cookies and more that rival the non-vegan competition. (Plus: it’s all certified Kosher, too!) We stopped by to taste the goods!
photo: Mikey Pozarik
How Sweet It Is
A modern space with a touch of retro charm, this Greenwich Village shop is a brand expansion from Chloe Coscarelli, an award-winning vegan chef and bestselling cookbook author, who opened the first by Chloe vegan restaurant right next door. (She made her first big splash as the winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, and is the first vegan chef to win a culinary competition on national television.)
The vegan mini empire is dedicated to sharing “delicious, wholesome, plant-based food that fuels and energizes without compromising flavor, taste or satisfaction.” (Making efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and preserve the water supply are also key tenets of the business.)
photo: Mikey Pozarik
Inside Sweets By Chloe
Done up in pink-and-white-striped decor, the bright space exudes cheer with sparkly cases filled with tempting sweet treats, from the inimitable Matcha Chocolate Babka ($3.50/slice) to the signature Cinnamon Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookie, a massive crispy cookie that’s big enough to share ($2.50).
Your little one will go nuts over the super-moist frosted cupcakes (naturally) so why not pair them with a selection from the Almond Mylk Bar (the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry milks ($4.95/bottle) are made from scratch every morning). Voila: One of the yummiest snack duos in tow, whether you stop in before school or for an after school treat.
The bakery is also a one-stop birthday party stop. Three-layer birthday cakes are ready to go, and you can also visit the website to place an order. Additional celebratory supplies include mini-balloon packages ($12) , confetti bombs ($10), cards by Chloe ($4.95) and, right by the register, mini number sparklers ($4.95). New Yorkers: Let’s start eating some vegan, plant-based, Kosher cake!
Sweets by Chloe
185 Bleecker St.
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— Lambeth Hochwald