Monday, June 28, 2010

Lula's Sweet Apothecary

What does vegan ice cream taste like? Apparently, better than real ice cream.

Just when I thought I couldn't possibly have one more reason to love the East Village, Lula's Sweet Apothecary barges into my life, steals my heart, and runs away with it forever. See, I'm not a huge dairy person, so ice cream is usually at the very bottom of my dessert list (if, at all). Tell me I can't have ice cream ever again and I can't say I'll be devastated. That is, until I met Lula.

This tiny ice cream parlor on east 6th street is very easy to miss (I know this because I missed it every single time I went) if not for the crowd that quietly gathers at the door. The shop is kept simple, with a charming collection of vintage coca-cola signs hanging on the wall. Three seats facing the window is about all this store can offer, but there's a bench outside and the Creative Little Garden across the street where you can sit and enjoy (nay, devour) your order.

The first two times I went, I ordered strawberry. I swear if I didn't know it was a vegan, all natural, dairy and gluten-free ice cream, I would've mistaken it for premium ice cream - you know, the kind that has a jillion calories because it's loaded with heavy cream. This was ridiculously smooth and every bit as creamy as regular ice cream, with a nice touch of soy that adds a nuttier flavor. Not cloyingly sweet, it flaunted a kind of silky consistency that goes down way easy. The Maple Waffle flavor charmed me - what with its syrupy sweetness and a generous serving of chewy waffle bits embedded in every bite.. like breakfast on a cone. Ohh-Lu-La.

I will never feel about regular ice cream, what I feel about you.

- Kris Alcantara

Here are the deets!

Lula's Sweet Apothecary
516 East 6th Street
New York, NY 10009

oh and psst, they open at 3PM.


  1. Kris! Love the things you eat... but you look so skinny.?? This looks so yummy I gotta go check it out... love the photos btw, keep blogging... A.

  2. i just realized i walked by this place last week and didn't notice it too. haha! definitely gotta check it out soon.

  3. Noah, I miss it every time and end up in Ave C! But now I know it's right in front of the creative little garden. Date spot! :) hehe

  4. This ice cream parlor inspires me..:D