Lula's Sweet Apothecary

(Now Closed)
Ice Cream Shop, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Dessert Shop$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
  • The experts at Serious Eats and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Lala L.
    Lala LopezMarch 12, 2013
    Dubbed as "New York's First Natural, Non-Dairy & Vegan Frozen Dessert Shop". While that is true they didn't mention how damn delicious the ice cream is. My fav is cookies and cream. Super chill staff.
  • VegNews Magazine
    VegNews MagazineSeptember 28, 2012
    An old-fashioned sundae glass was filled with cake batter soft-serve, chocolate peanut butter ice cream, hot fudge, pecan pralines, and coconut whipped cream—these are the things dreams are made of.
  • VegNews Magazine
    VegNews MagazineSeptember 13, 2012
    The absolute best 100-percent vegan ice cream storefront on the East Coast, Lula’s never lets us down, with an abundance of toppings including gummy bears, sprinkles, and whipped cream.
  • Jeanie
    JeanieOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    THE BEST. Do not forget to add copious toppings to your concoction. Things you'll have a hard time finding vegan elsewhere for your dreamy dessert: marshmallow creme, gummy bears, graham crackers.
  • Meg C.
    Meg C.July 20, 2012
    I've done some extensive research on vegan ice cream and I can say without a doubt Lula's is the best. Had the drumstick cone flavor. Will be back to try more.
  • Alicia
    AliciaMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Ice Cream Sundae - One scoop caramel swirl, one scoop peanut butter fudge, hot fudge sauce, peanuts, whipped cream, & the cherry on top #vegan
    NYC ABCAugust 1, 2011
    They care about more than making money from vegans. The flyers and cards show they support animal rights/liberation and that's reason enough to support them in turn. Also, mind-bendingly good ice crea
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 14, 2011
    "Serves up ice cream in vegan and organic options, and has gluten-free offerings as well. A Lula’s customer of four years says his favorite flavor is soft-serve cake batter." Read more
  • Omar K.
    Omar KhanJune 9, 2012
    Love this cozy ice cream place. Totally vegan. Also the birthday cake ice cream flavor tastes sooooooo good! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FeldmanAugust 9, 2010
    ent her after dinner, dragged my husband since he is skeptical of all things vegen. We suprised as how tasty the ice cream was. The chcocolate/cake batter swirl was delicious, thick and smooth w/cashe
  • Matt D.
    Matt DuckorOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're a vegan, this place is heaven. Everyone else: Don't be afraid, the soft serve is the real deal. And relatively guilt free!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 27, 2010
    More non-dairy and vegan options you could ever dream of. You can satisfy you sweet tooth in dozens of ways and even have an eggless New York egg cream!
  • Sneha A.
    Sneha AminMay 29, 2010
    The best vegan ice cream shop in nyc! The staff is so appreciatingly accomodating - i love sitting on the bench outside and beating the heat with a root bear float!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 13, 2013
    Cozy sweets shop with some of the best vegan ice cream in the city.
  • Paul S.
    Paul SantoraApril 10, 2012
    This place is amazing. It makes me want to learn how to make ice cream. Vegan & gluten-free friendly.
  • Michael I.
    Michael IovinoJuly 2, 2011
    There really is no need to sample they're all fantastic... so take your fave... and enjoy...great people and friendly
  • Kathy N.
    Kathy NeufyJuly 7, 2012
    Get a double with peanut butter and mixed berry. The BEST PB&J you will ever taste!
  • Ian S.
    Ian SpalterApril 28, 2013
    Chocolate + Hot Fudge + Candied Pecans = Dairy Free Bliss. (Or anaphylactic shock if you can't eat nuts.)
  • Heather O.
    Heather OSheaJune 25, 2010
    The banana split is out of this world. The malted is also pretty spectacular. Their cake batter soft serve with sprinkles is probably the greatest flavor ever.
  • Mary C.
    Mary CrosseAugust 13, 2011
    The most creamy and rich tasting vegan ice cream I've ever had. The peanut butter flavor is outta this world.
  • MyCityWay
    MyCityWayApril 26, 2012
    Vegan? Lactose intolerant? This dessert shop has plenty of non-diary ice cream, crepes, and candy
  • Katherine R.
    Katherine RethSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Egg cream was perfect. The shop is tiny and cute. Can't wait to go back!
  • Irene M.
    Irene MAugust 27, 2012
    gluten free? soy free? dairy free? precious vintage knickknacks everywhere? old-timey music? moustaches? check, check, check, check, check, checkmate.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel S.October 16, 2011
    The butterscotch cashew butter milkshake makes my life. Also completely dairy free.
  • Elizabeth N.
    Elizabeth N.March 11, 2013
    Peanut butter and jelly ice cream with caramel. Get it. You're welcome
  • Marnie Ann J.
    Marnie Ann JoyceMay 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Lemon Sugar Cookie is the best thing I've ever tasted. Maybe even three of the best things.
  • Cesar A.
    Cesar AlvarezFebruary 5, 2013
    Try their waffle and syrup icecream! Tastes just like breakfast!
  • Jeff H.
    Jeff HJune 10, 2012
    Pour a Betola espresso shot over one of their scoops. Pure heaven!
  • Trey M.
    Trey MorganOctober 7, 2012
    Go with the pumpkin ice cream with hot fudge. Insanely good!
  • Marivic G.
    Marivic GOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    one of the best places for all my lactose intolerant friends who LoOoVe ice cream :-)
  • Jimbo
    JimboJanuary 15, 2011
    The Peanut Butter Fudge ice cream is delicious!! Get will love it!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 14, 2011
    Just when you thought soft serve ice cream was past its prime, BOOM - enter cake batter.
  • Neysha V.
    Neysha V 🍦July 23, 2010
    Cake batter soft-serve is where it's at! I also love the drumstick ice cream!
  • shana
    shanaJanuary 29, 2011
    OMG you MUST have the Bourbon Red Velvet pecan cupcakes! Soooo goooood.
  • KaHee
    KaHeeJuly 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want Lula's before they open at 3PM, head to Sustainable NYC on 139 Avenue A for your vegan ice cream fix!
  • Rebecca J.
    Rebecca JohnsonMay 21, 2012
    Try the sundae with coconut whipped cream.
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SolomonAugust 27, 2011
    Four words: maple and waffles cone. These four words are magical in combination.
  • Alison G.
    Alison GJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything here is great, especially the cake batter soft serve with cookie crumbles!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJune 10, 2012
    Try the Peanut Butter Fudge And Cookies And Cream Ice Cream
  • Toni B.
    Toni BarrosMay 17, 2010
    Fantastic vegan icecream! Try the caramel marshmallow and the cake batter flavors.
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LaneApril 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Lula's is unbeatable. Blows dairy ice cream away.
  • Grace G.
    Grace GAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Definitely try the Cake Batter Flavor. I always go for the Coffee/Cake Batter shake. Delicious.
  • Melissa A.
    Melissa AndradaMarch 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Lula's is fabulous. The ice cream and staff are exquisite. Perfect date activity.
  • NY Mets Katie ❤️⚾️✈️
    In the mood for a Vegan ice cream sundae? This is your spot.
  • Rebecca J.
    Rebecca JohnsonMay 26, 2012
    The whipped cream melts fast but try it anyway, it's made from covonut.
  • Elisa L.
    Elisa LauNovember 13, 2011
    Definitely get the pumpkin flavor!!!
  • Britnee F.
    Britnee ForemanAugust 15, 2012
    Gluten free and Dairy free -- BLISS!
  • Lauren
    LaurenOctober 27, 2011
    Cup of peanut butter fudge with caramel sauce = best.decision.ever
  • Carter M.
    Carter McKendryApril 22, 2011
    Try the cotton candy. Better than it sounds!
  • Lorraine T.
    Lorraine ThompsonJune 16, 2010
    Delicious and creamy vegan ice cream-- not just for vegans!
  • Harrison W.
    Harrison WeberNovember 20, 2012
    I seriously had no idea this place was Vegan until I checked out the 4sq tips as I was eating. Wow...
  • Natalie H.
    Natalie HammelOctober 27, 2011
    So good. Both in music and ice cream.
  • Judy E.
    Judy EffApril 4, 2012
    vegan hot fudge sundae ... wow ... wonderful!
  • Ellie S.
    Ellie SandersAugust 29, 2012
    Don't bother with the hand packed flavors. Soft serve cake batter is where it's at.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BranskyMarch 17, 2012
    Only get the vegan Ice cream. It's their best
  • Tommy L.
    Tommy LaneAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great cashew based ice cream. Read more
  • Mike S.
    Mike SingletonDecember 9, 2010
    The cake batter is off the charts! A must try
  • Joy🌟 R.
    Joy🌟 ReinesOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Pumpkin soft serve is out of this world!
  • Tisa S.
    Tisa SMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing ice cream! Best ever!
  • Maria
    MariaJuly 1, 2012
  • Lee Z.
    Lee ZebFebruary 1, 2013
    Greeeeaaattt!! Better than dairy ice cream
  • mark h.
    mark h.June 6, 2010
    The servings are modest but it's sooooo worth it!
  • Scott L.
    Scott LedererJune 18, 2011
    soft serve twist: cake batter + chocolate. so so so so good!
  • Natalia B.
    Natalia BelmontSeptember 8, 2011
    Fantastic peanut butter ice cream.
  • Meng H.
    Meng HeMay 31, 2011
    Love the egg cream and ice cream sundae! Read more
  • hayley c.
    hayley champouxJune 11, 2010
    Soy cake batter with sprinkles in a sugar cone = divine.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FisherApril 7, 2013
    Great vegan ice cream
  • NY Mets Katie ❤️⚾️✈️
  • Noah L.
    Noah LucasJanuary 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    best ice cream in the city? possibly!
  • May T.
    May TangJune 19, 2010
    Order the brownie sundae, it's awesome!
  • Alicia
    AliciaMay 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Dunwell Doughnut
  • Cody M.
    Cody McBurnettNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The cake batter soft serve and English toffee ice cream are to die.
  • Janice C.
    Janice Cruz BrooksAugust 4, 2011
    Death By Chocolate w gluten free cone!
  • Yawen C.
    Yawen CJanuary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try as many flavors as you want!
  • Pierre V.
    Pierre ValadeJune 12, 2012
    ice cream!
  • hayley c.
    hayley champouxJune 11, 2010
    Good 'ol cake batter and rainbow sprinkles!
  • a rugby life
    a rugby lifeApril 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The strawberry soft-serve is tasty!
  • Emma M.
    Emma MHAugust 10, 2010
    Try the milkshakes at Lula's Sweet Apothecary
  • Ken A.
    Ken AndersenJune 7, 2010
    The coffee-vanilla twist is perfect post-dinner treat.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SpeenburghFebruary 22, 2010
    Amazing cashew base creams!
  • Blythe
    BlytheSeptember 23, 2011
    Get malt topping!!
  • Eric L.
    Eric LanglayJuly 25, 2010
    Peanutbutter & jelly is boss
  • Heather H.
    Heather HollowayJanuary 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Cake Batter malt is awesome!
  • Terry R.
    Terry RApril 18, 2010
    Carrot cake ice cream whomigosh
  • Ari F.
    Ari FuchsAugust 12, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    follow them on twitter for latest flavors @lulasweet
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooJanuary 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Peanut butter. Yes, do it.
  • Robert C.
    Robert CarlsenJune 28, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    get the cake batter chocolate twist soft serve!
  • Ari F.
    Ari FuchsAugust 12, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    lactard friendly!
  • Eric L.
    Eric LitmanAugust 22, 2009
    cash only
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