Terri Vegan Café: Dairy Free in the Financial District

Terri Vegan Cafe

Terri Vegan Cafe

Last Saturday, Therese and I were working on our new apartment in Manhattan’s Financial District, and it came time for us to go on a jaunt around the neighborhood – make a stop at the hardware store, maybe do some shopping.  But as we started walking, we realized that our number one priority should be to find something for lunch.  Lucky for us, we were walking up Pearl Street, and passed right by Terri Vegan Cafe.

Those who’ve read this blog for any length of time will know that while I am not a vegan, I was one for many years, and I am always ready to try some new good vegan food.  Therese is a good sport too about trying vegan food, especially if it includes good vegetables.

Portobello Panini

Portobello Panini

Meatball Hero Panini and Mint Green iced tea

Meatball Hero Panini and Mint Green iced tea

So Therese ordered a portobello panini, and I got a meatball hero panini, and we each got a bottle of house-brand iced tea.  And the sandwiches were quite satisfying.  My meatball hero came with an extra container of marinara sauce, to complement the marinara already on the sandwich, and at a couple moments where there was more bread than vegan meatballs and Daiya cheese (mmmm, love that Daiya mozzarella!), I was happy to be able to dip the sandwich into some more marinara.  Therese also loved her sandwich, and offered me a taste – I found it very nice.

The one thing that was a bit hard to take was the price: two sandwiches and two teas cost us about 30 dollars.  I guess that is pretty typical for lunch in the financial district, catering to the financial district work crowd.  But for a local hang-out, I would hope to be able to find some tasty bargains.  Oh well – let’s just say that Terri will probably end up being an occasional treat for us.

And speaking of treats, we finished up by trying a couple of their house-made vegan cupcakes for dessert.  I loved the chocolate with chocolate icing: the chocolate icing was so creamy, and the cake was devil’s food, nice and rich.

Vegan cupcakes for dessert

Vegan cupcakes for dessert

About Karl Peterson

Karl Peterson is an avid traveler, passionate about food and food-related entertainment, completely allergic to dairy. He is founder, owner and principle contributor to “The Dairy Free Traveler” blog. The Dairy Free Traveler perfectly dovetails two of his greatest areas of interest: traveling near and far, and searching for great cuisine (especially dairy free!)

The Dairy Free Traveler publishes original material about the dairy free lifestyle, eating the best food in the most interesting destinations around the world. Karl’s tours take him from thriving New York City, to exotic Marrakesh, to elegant Paris bistros — (yes! even Parisians have gotten on the dairy free bandwagon.)

The Dairy Free Traveler himself also engages with independent dairy free food producers, highlighting new dairy free product launches and events that support dairy free entrepreneurs.

Peterson is among the top 7 most widely read TripAdvisor reviewers in New York City and is repeatedly cited as a Top Contributor at TripAdvisor.com. His reviews have garnered more than 542,000 readers — half in the U.S., and half among the many countries he has visited around the world.

Beyond writing this blog, Peterson is a published author, with contributions to “Savoring Gotham” edited by Andrew F. Smith (published 2015 by Oxford University) and the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Cheese (a bit ironic, yes, but a professional is often asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone!).

This entry was posted in Dairy Free, Dessert, Lunch, NYC Restaurants, Restaurants, Vegan food and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply