Tucked right into a sliver of a primary ground in a pre-war East Village constructing is Fragile Flour. Created and owned by Overthrow Hospitality, the vegan juggernaut of restaurant teams, this cozy, brick-walled spot is a rarity within the plant-based world — it’s a complete vegan bakery. IMO, it’s the perfect vegan bakery in Manhattan. Or the nation.
Just a few little pedestal tables make up the “eating room” and, past that lies what prospects come for: Baker Girl Ashton‘s glass case crammed with decadent sweets.
Right here, vegan cupcakes crammed with chocolate cream or gooey marshmallows or fruit jam are lined up. Black and white cookies overlap one another. Fruit tarts glimmer via the case as wide-eyed guests take all of it in.
Subsequent to the huge show is a spinning cake stand with recent, attractive truffles towering not less than three layers excessive loll round, encased in glass. The chalkboard signal invitations you to seize a slice, or hell, take house the complete, marvelous cake. (And sure, there are many gluten-free choices, together with vegan and gluten-free cake.)
Behind the counter, wine bottles line the wall. As a result of, in any case, what good is a vegan dessert store with out some vegan wine to clean it down? Ought to you end up with a while to offer in to the utter indulgence of the area, devour a slice and sip.
“I assume I’ll take a little bit of all the things to showcase,” I sigh, completely overwhelmed and feeling like I’ve stumbled into this embarrassment of riches with no true recreation plan.
So, we get to work choosing the totally different desserts I’ll pattern.
A slice of the raspberry iced cake.
A slice of the Funfetti cake.
A popcorn cookie (made with corn flour and sprinkled with salt. Whereas the staff guarantee me it tastes like popcorn, I don’t style it. However, it’s nonetheless rattling good.)
A S’mores cupcake.
A strawberry cream cookie.
And a lot extra.
As per normal, I arrange my digicam to doc the lavish vegan treats now arrange on the desk in various heights (as a result of we’ve received to make it look good, ya know?).
I get to work, delicately forking the cake and letting it sit and soak into my tongue. It’s candy. Moist. The icing is mild, fluffy, and doesn’t depart a movie of oil most vegan icings have a tendency to go away in your lips. I smile, delighted by the deal with.
Then, it’s on to the cupcake. As a result of content material. I lower into it, slowly taking the knife and transferring it into the middle earlier than guiding the items aside and splaying the center so everybody can see the oozing marshmallow inside.
Lastly, it’s the cookie break.
For some purpose, social media loves break, and I cut up the cooking aside with my thumbs slowly, ensuring each tiny crumb is captured on digicam, earlier than stacking the items collectively so the innards — a swirl of blonde cookie and light-weight pink strawberry creme are on good show.
Is Fragile Flour price a go to? Completely. It’s the perfect vegan dessert spot I’ve ever been to, even when I don’t get the popcorn cookie.
1227 E. seventh St., New York, NY 10009; Weds. – Fri.: 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sat.: midday – 9 p.m., Solar.: midday – 5 p.m.