I love stopping by both the West and East Village locations of this bakery to satisfy night time muffin cravings. Because: service is always friendly, they’re open late, baked goods never fail to satisfy (except for one unexpected instance, see below), there’s seating in the West Village location…and I’m a sucker for the ‘green bakery’ concept. But don’t start equating ‘green’ with ‘healthy’. Cause these baked goods are anything but! They do, however, use excellent ingredients that make you feel better about eating cookies, muffins, cakes, and pies all day long. And with choices like blueberry corn muffins, agave nectar cakes, and polar bear claws, surely you must be somewhat curious? My takes on four items I’ve recently eaten.
1. “Disaster” = the vegan blueberry scone. This was a major letdown. The first sign of danger came when I attempted to break off a corner. IT WOULD NOT BREAK. It just WOULD NOT. BREAK. The scone was hard beyond brick. It was condensed STONE. Shann had to hold a side of the scone down while I gave another attempt to pry off a corner. I pulled and pulled. And finally it broke. The middle innards of the scone were more tender, but it was not the moist with a decent crumb kind of tender. It was more akin to a rubber ball! Horrors! I didn’t know what the heck I was eating. A part of me thought to chuck it out because it was so bad. But the Chinese in me was like “what?! No way, finish it!” And the Chinese side won. (The Chinese side usually wins). There was not much going on flavorwise. Only positive comment I can muster was that it wasn’t too sweet. Which is important. But aside from the occasional blueberry, the scone tasted nothing but ‘chewy’. It actually tasted like the word CHEWY. If you can imagine what CHEWY tastes like.
Long story, short: No more vegan blueberry scones for me.
2. ‘Awesome’ in regards to the apple miso muffin Shann purchased the other night. A proportionally satisfying serving of apples tucked into a hearty ‘muffin’, though suspiciously lacking in any noticeable miso flavour…perhaps they didn’t want to lay it on too hard? Never before encountered an apple + miso combo, but if they’re going to do it, may as well add enough miso for a memorable zip!
3. “Yes” to the soynut, blueberry & cranberry muffin! Throw in an additional thumbs up cause they marked down muffin prices to just $1 in the evenings! A very dense and nutty muffin, well packed with crunchy soynuts to boot, and just enough blueberries and cranberries to leave you yearning for a tad bit more, hehe. This is quite a hearty creation with large tender crumbs, it would make do for a light lunch.
4. ‘Thank You’ to the sweet lady who gave Shann and I free double chocolate chip cookies the other night! It’s just a mini version of their standard double chocolate chip, super buttery, with a true chocolatey crunch. It’s hard not to love :)
Build a Green Bakery
175 7th Ave
NY, NY 10014
223 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10003
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