This week marks one year since Little Choc Apothecary opened its doors on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. Already one of our favorite places in the neighborhood, this cafe offers the healthiest of choices – it’s perfect for sticking to new years’ resolutions to get in shape! In honor of its anniversary, we sat down with its owner, Julia Kravets, to discuss the shop and its multitude of health benefits. Julia started her successful modeling career over ten years ago, when she started studying nutrition to stay in shape for work. She wanted to have her cake and eat it too, but she also wanted it to be healthy and sustainable. While watching food documentaries and reading about clean eating, she became a vegan for both health and ethical reasons. She earned a Plant Based Nutrition certificate from eCornell and took classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC. Her focus became healthy eating and living a cruelty-free lifestyle, which is what inspired her clean eating philosophy for Little Choc, New York’s first 100% vegan creperie.
Their products are entirely plant based, without any chemical binders, gums, artificial flavors, or overly processed sugars and flours. All of their ingredients are sourced from local farms and distributors to support sustainability and fair trade whenever possible. Instead of artificial or processed sweeteners, Little Choc uses organic coconut sugar and pure Vermont maple syrup to sweeten their food and drinks. Julia drives up to Vermont herself to pick up the syrup from her friends’ solar-powered farm! The attention to detail and ethical sourcing doesn’t stop there.
In order to produce the freshest, healthiest fare, Little Choc makes many of its ingredients in house. The coconut milk and almond milk are both made from scratch using organic coconuts, organic almonds, and purified water. Even their gluten free flour is mixed in house to avoid using gums and GMOs. Other homemade items include their seitan, coconut bacon, “Newtella,” raw berry chia jam, and all sauces and syrups. For the ingredients they can’t make in house, they buy locally, such as Barry’s Tempeh, which is fresh, local, organic, and never pasteurized. The simple use of high quality ingredients gives their food and drink a level of nourishment not easily found in the city. It’s created a place that serves food so pure, as Julia puts it, “you would feed it to your children!”
Little Choc Apothecary’s menu has four main components: Crepes, Sweets, Juice and Tea. The crepe batter and toppings are all gluten free (except the homemade seitan), and you have your choice of sweet or savory. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, you can pick two ingredients from a mouthwatering list including homemade caramel or Newtella, fresh fruit, chia jam and Van Leeuwen ice cream. If you choose to go the savory route, Julia recommends trying their most popular dish, the Pizza Crepe. This crepe is composed of marinara sauce, cashew cheese, basil and hot pepper flakes, with the option to add toppings like their coconut bacon. Other popular crepes include the Masala Crepe (pumpkin curried white bean tempeh) and the Burrito Crepe (avocado, coconut bacon, black beans, homemade chipotle hot sauce, homemade cashew cheese). Save room for a homemade scone for dessert – they’re scrumptious!
If you have some time to take a seat, order a pot of tea and find a table in the beautiful tea room upstairs. Choose from the tea list as long as your arm, and you’ll be delivered a pot of delicious tea, a charming cup and saucer, and a timer to let you know when your tea has reached perfection. Choices include green, white and black tea, caffeine-free tisanes, and their special apothecary blends with over 100 different herb varieties. These unique, medicinal blends are specially crafted to improve your health both mentally and physically. Ask nicely and they’ll even make you a personal blend to address your specific issues!
The atmosphere in Little Choc Apothecary is warm and quirky, with neighborhood views and a chalkboard wall decorated by neighborhood artists. Make some time to stop into this lovely little local business to warm up this winter!
Once you try their tea and crepes, you’ll be understandably hooked. Make your commute to Little Choc easier and check out some of our listings in the area!
Little Choc Apothecary [141 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg, NY; chocny.com; 718-963-0420]