Sep
19

Shopping And Eating The Vegan Way On New York’s Lower East Side

One of my favorite pastimes is shopping and eating on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This area has become really hip since the days when I worked as a downtown attorney 16 years ago. The area is swarming with great shops and eateries. When I’m in the neighborhood, I love to visit Moo Shoes located at 78 Orchard Street (between Grand and Broome Streets). For your information, Moo Shoes has been selling cruelty-free shoes and accessories since 2001.

I recently visited Moo Shoes to check out their new Fall line of shoes. I was glad to see that Marlow, the cat, was hanging out at his favorite spot on the counter by the register. He is so chill…

Oh look! He woke up!

Anyway, when I entered the store, I was really impressed with the mens’ bags and shoes which were on display. Check out this cool tote (which holds a computer) from Matt & Nat…

The mens’ shoes were really nice too. I am partial to the desert boots which seem to be the trend right now…

Here are some of the other mens’ footwear I liked…

There was a vast selection of womens’ boots to choose from…

These were really cool!

I loved these cute waterproof Big Buddha boots…

And these too…

I would have bought one of these cute pairs of waterproof boots, but I already bought my cute Mel’s Ankle Bow Rain Boots (which, btw, they also sold at Moo Shoes) a few weeks ago.

These granny style boots seem to be the trend. Moo Shoes carries a lot of really nice ones to choose from…

In addition to the Big Buddha footwear, my favorites are always Mel’s…

I bought a pair of the quilted black ballet flats with the bow. They are really comfortable and flattering on the foot. This photo does not really do the shoe justice…

Some more Mel’s footwear in the store…

I really love these Madden Girl pumps in the neutral color, but they didn’t have my size…

So, I bought these sexy Madden Girl pumps. Although I could only wear them for a few more weeks (they have open toes), I bought them anyway. I thought they were really great looking and I would wear them next year too…

In addition to the really nice footwear (I forgot to take photos of the great sneakers in the store which included a large selection of the cool Supergas), Moo Shoes carries non-leather belts, bags and wallets. I really liked some of the Matt & Nat wallets…

I was really happy with my purchases when I left the store that day which, by the way, included the DVD “Vegucated.” I had planned on ordering it from Amazon, but it was so easy purchasing it from Moo Shoes. I can’t wait to see it!

When I left Moo Shoes with my husband, Jeff, we headed a few blocks away to “Teany” located at 90 Rivington Street. In case you didn’t know, Teany is a small (or should I say “tiny”) cafe which was founded by the musician Moby (known for his electronic dance music and his veganism) and his ex-girlfriend, Kelly Tisdale; however, the eatery is apparently under new management and has undergone a “facelift” of sorts.

Although Teany is not an all-vegan establishment (they serve eggs, cheese, yogurt and milk), there are a multitude of vegan options. The menu includes breakfast items, toasts, paninis, soups, appetizers, pastas, salads and sandwiches. There is an impressive selection of teas and a choice of fresh juices and other beverages, as well.

I love Teany’s vegan chicken salad sandwiches served on multi-grain bread with a side salad, although they have specials on their menu every day…

Teany is the perfect spot for a casual Sunday brunch or lunch on a beautiful day if you happen to be strolling around the neighborhood on the Lower East Side. They have a lovely outdoor seating area…

The inside of the eatery is cozy and comfortable too!

If you don’t want lunch, you could just stop in for a hot beverage (a “teanychino”) and one of the delectable desserts from the Vegan Treats bakery. Teany is always well-stocked with a wide variety of the yummy Vegan Treats’ goodies…

Look what I took home. I am soooo bad!

I highly recommend a stop at this cozy little joint if you are on the Lower East Side and want a casual brunch, lunch or beverage and dessert. Also close by, is the all-vegan bakery “Babycakes” located at 248 Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlow Streets. If you are in the mood for a wonderful Pan-Asian meal, you could head on over to Wild Ginger located at 380 Broome Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets.

Oh, so many choices! New York, New York…it’s a wonderful town!

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