Okay! Finally the end to the vegan trilogy of the Lower East Side! (Parts 1 and 2.)
I mentioned Bluestockings in yesterday's post. Well, if a vegan cookie and coffee isn't enough to tide you over, Tiengarden is right next door.
They've been around since the early 90s, at least, and they pretty much stick to the basics of early vegan Buddhist food. And, yes, the restaurant is entirely vegan!
I got the Buddha's Delight for 8 dollars (another lunch special!):
It's kind of confusing because there isn't much seating and I feel like most of their business is take-out but you order at a counter and sit wherever you want.
After a healthy lunch, I couldn't help but treat myself to um, a store full of candy. Enter, Economy Candy!
This store has been around since 1937! Since a large part of the LES was Jewish back then, the kosher sweets are important because they do not contain gelatin, making for finding vegan candy easier. Bulk bins mostly have ingredient lists on them. This store is also perfect for finding goodies for upcoming Halloween (or buying bulk peanut chews to eat all by yrself - the option I picked.)
I tried not to stay in here for very long. But anyway, if you can, stop by Economy Candy and look around in awe. Then buy some cute stickers to slap on some goodies and veganize yr trick or treaters a la Abby Bean.
(Economy Candy is at 108 Rivington St.)
That concludes the Lower East Side posts. Phew!