pala & babycakes

February 26, 2014

i'm having a vegan phase. (last week it was paleo. yeah. i have problems.) so i made my sister trek all the way to the lower east side with me last week, in a blizzard, just to get vegan pizza from pala and then after, vegan cupcakes from babycakes.  she hated me. until we saw karlie kloss sitting at the table next to us. then she loved me.

i first found out about pala from one of roxy te's instagrams.  pizza is my favorite food if you don't know by now, and then i heard that they have really good vegan pizza.  obviously vegan is in, so i had to go.

we had the multipuciano, my favorite, and then we both had a salad.

caroline had the pera salad {spinach, pears, walnuts and daiya cheese} 

i had the mela salad {arugula, apples and daiya cheese}. the apples could have been a little fresher (i'm a honeycrisp snob) but it was still yummy. 

and then i ordered the arrabiata pizza {fresh cherry tomatoes, hot pepper, garlic, daiya cheese}. you guys. so good!!  it definitely didn't taste like a greasy, cheesy slice from joe's, but thats not what i wanted anyway. i wanted a fresh, homemade, brick oven pizza and thats what i got.  it was so good and i loved the daiya cheese. i don't really know how to explain it, you should just go try it. 198 allen.

p.s. the whole entire menu isn't vegan. they have a whole side of the menu that is full of meaty and dairy things.  so caroline got the prosciutto pizza.  i didn't have any but she said "it was really good". 

and that lovely table decor is fresh oregano for your pizza.

for dessert, babycakes was just around the corner so we went and got vegan cupcakes!

they come in cute, little chinese take out boxes. caroline had one with a weirdly long name.  the baker said she was trying to come up with a new name for it. it was something with chocolate, coconut and caramel.

i had vanilla, vanilla.

the cake was moist and dense and the icing thick and somehow creamy. i really had no complaints, except for that i live in a city that has some of the best cupcakes i've ever, ever tasted... if you are a hard-core vegan, you could totally replace regular cupcakes with these. they really were delish. but if you're not, you're probably going to sprint to magnolia's. 

i haven't decided if i'm hard-core, yet.