At Cowgirl’s Baking in the East Village, owner Lidia Byhower is cranking out the vegan goodies.
While Lidia has been vegetarian, and now vegan, for more than seven years, the storefront is new, having just opened on March 6. The Columbia alumna went veg pretty much “as soon as I was able to make my own food.” Over the years, her family has followed her path; her brother, currently on the west coast, has even become something of an activist.
Saturday, I had a great chance to head over there. I’ve been overloading on the sweets recently, so I’d initially just ordered the Patsy Cline, with vegan ham, salami, cheese, and mayonnaise, plus pepperchinis, mustard, red onion, oil, vinegar, tomato, salt, & pepper on a long wheat roll. Their sandwichs are fairly traditional diner fare veganized. I loved how the roll was crisp and the cheese melted with the mayo and oils to be really creamy. Plus, my sandwich was huge. I was actually surprised when it was brought out; you get your monies worth! Want something a little simpler, both Lidia and her mom recommended the B.L.T.
Staring at the dessert case, though, I couldn’t resist. Fortunately, they had some lighter options. I chose a mini version of the chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting and a small sprinkled donut, plus the little hot pink iced treat reminded me of Homer Simpson. Sweet!
I’m kicking myself a little that I didn’t get the chicken pot pie to go but that’s just another reason to go back. Cowgirl’s Baking has a very fresh vibe with antique touches dotting the space. With more than just sweets, whether you’re craving a burrito or a cookie (or both), drop by Cowgirl’s Baking located at 259 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10009.