Little Lads Bakery

★★★★★

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I work nearby and my co-worker brought me to this place (she eats kosher.) The food is very healthy, there are no preservatives, no animal product or any artificial additives. Plus, it's $4.99 for a plate of hot food and a bowl for either salad or soup or fruit.

Go early (before 1PM) as it tends to get crowded and they sometimes run out of certain food (they were out of their delicious guacamole several times I was there.) So I'm always trying to race there for the guacamole.

Overall, very healthy, although the food can feel a bit repetitive sometimes. But a great meal and a great deal.

Great for kosher and vegans.

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★★★★★

I work nearby and my co-worker brought me to this place (she eats kosher.) The food is very healthy, there are no preservatives, no animal product or any artificial additives. Plus, it's $4.99 for a plate of hot food and a bowl for either salad or soup or fruit.

Go early (before 1PM) as it tends to get crowded and they sometimes run out of certain food (they were out of their delicious guacamole several times I was there.) So I'm always trying to race there for the guacamole.

Overall, very healthy, although the food can feel a bit repetitive sometimes. But a great meal and a great deal.

Great for kosher and vegans.

Pros: healthy, certified kosher

Cons: located in the basement of the building so hard to find

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From the photo-mural wallpaper and wood paneling to the buffet-style food stations (this was clearly formerly a diner), from its location in the basement of a Financial District office building to its vegan offerings, this place is a true pardox. And it's fabulous. For $3.99, you get to fill up a plate and a bowl with an ever-changing menu from a hot food station (six items daily), a salad bar, a fruit-granola-dessert topping station, and a soup station (two a day). You can also, for another price, take out food or order food from the grill. My favorite offerings include the mac and "cheese," their cashew gravy, their stroganoff., and the seasoned tofu in their salad bar. The dessert toppings, especially the soy whip, are clearly a favorite, judging from how quickly it disappears. Where else can you pile stewed kale onto your plate or discover that lima bean soup could be uncommonly delicious? You can purchase snack items, including their various seasoned popcorns (look for their herbal corn at stores around New York), fantastic granolas (I eat it every morning now), and pies, cookies, their own almond butter, fruit, breads, and so on. In a neighborhood with dismal (chain) food options, this place is a saving grace for those who don't wish to eat prepackaged, unhealthy food--or to pay half their salary for said food. Little Lad's should be, as well, a destination spot if you're vegan or if you're simply curious about experiencing the oddest and most un-New York (and thus, in a way, very New York) eatery. It took me a while to learn "how" to eat there: i.e., to be selective in what I paired, and some days have more exciting offerings than others. Its subterranean, unadvertised location adds to its charm. My coworkers and I are obsessed with this place. It's weird, great, and totally friendly.

2
★★★★★

From the photo-mural wallpaper and wood paneling to the buffet-style food stations (this was clearly formerly a diner), from its location in the basement of a Financial District office building to its vegan offerings, this place is a true pardox. And it's fabulous. For $3.99, you get to fill up a plate and a bowl with an ever-changing menu from a hot food station (six items daily), a salad bar, a fruit-granola-dessert topping station, and a soup station (two a day). You can also, for another price, take out food or order food from the grill. My favorite offerings include the mac and "cheese," their cashew gravy, their stroganoff., and the seasoned tofu in their salad bar. The dessert toppings, especially the soy whip, are clearly a favorite, judging from how quickly it disappears. Where else can you pile stewed kale onto your plate or discover that lima bean soup could be uncommonly delicious? You can purchase snack items, including their various seasoned popcorns (look for their herbal corn at stores around New York), fantastic granolas (I eat it every morning now), and pies, cookies, their own almond butter, fruit, breads, and so on. In a neighborhood with dismal (chain) food options, this place is a saving grace for those who don't wish to eat prepackaged, unhealthy food--or to pay half their salary for said food. Little Lad's should be, as well, a destination spot if you're vegan or if you're simply curious about experiencing the oddest and most un-New York (and thus, in a way, very New York) eatery. It took me a while to learn "how" to eat there: i.e., to be selective in what I paired, and some days have more exciting offerings than others. Its subterranean, unadvertised location adds to its charm. My coworkers and I are obsessed with this place. It's weird, great, and totally friendly.

Pros: price, food, friendliness, quirky digs

Cons: none

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The place defies description. I happen to like vegetarian food, cook it at home. I'm happy to eat all manner of meats and fish when I go out, and especially if I travel. At least I used to. Then I found this restaurant.

First of all, the place smells like my best memories of kitchens of my grandmother and home kitchens in Europe. Second, Little Lad's charges $2.99 for a self serve plate and bowl of food. (Soda, take out, desserts are extra.) Third, there are six hot dishes, ten salads, four dressings, the a couple kinds of fruit salad or whole fruit.

I like to economize, and I like good vegetarian cooking, and I like a secret, and I like a place off the beaten track. On four counts I knew I'd found something. But Little Lad's rapidly developed into a place where I had to pinch to remind myself it was not a dream. As for the health consequences, I'll let time be the judge. I eat healthy and exercise frequently already, and I'm thin for starters. But the philosophy and experience (since 1910) of this restaurant, and the sheer good taste, make me feel like Superman while I'm eating.

In short, I feel like I could eat like this at every meal.

end of part 1

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★★★★★

The place defies description. I happen to like vegetarian food, cook it at home. I'm happy to eat all manner of meats and fish when I go out, and especially if I travel. At least I used to. Then I found this restaurant.

First of all, the place smells like my best memories of kitchens of my grandmother and home kitchens in Europe. Second, Little Lad's charges $2.99 for a self serve plate and bowl of food. (Soda, take out, desserts are extra.) Third, there are six hot dishes, ten salads, four dressings, the a couple kinds of fruit salad or whole fruit.

I like to economize, and I like good vegetarian cooking, and I like a secret, and I like a place off the beaten track. On four counts I knew I'd found something. But Little Lad's rapidly developed into a place where I had to pinch to remind myself it was not a dream. As for the health consequences, I'll let time be the judge. I eat healthy and exercise frequently already, and I'm thin for starters. But the philosophy and experience (since 1910) of this restaurant, and the sheer good taste, make me feel like Superman while I'm eating.

In short, I feel like I could eat like this at every meal.

end of part 1

Pros: Value, thought behind cooking, flavor

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$2.99 Buffet You get a plate and a bowl and one go around the food and no returns for more. They serve vegan food, and have a variety of veggie dishes everyday. Some dishes can be a little bland, apparently they don't use pepper.

The dining room is nice and comfortable. Really good for lunch.

2
★★★★☆

$2.99 Buffet You get a plate and a bowl and one go around the food and no returns for more. They serve vegan food, and have a variety of veggie dishes everyday. Some dishes can be a little bland, apparently they don't use pepper.

The dining room is nice and comfortable. Really good for lunch.

Pros: Nice, quiet dining room. Good price.

Cons: some dishes tend to be bland

 

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