I am so excited to tell you about my lunch today. It was so delicious I had to bump it up and post about it today because I wanted you Brooklynites to build it into your already packed weekends. I'm sure you're looking at that picture above and going, "What is that? It looks amazing! It looks delicious! It looks like gluten...but that can't be right." And it's not.
A few weeks ago I was googling around for new tea spots to try out and this little gem in the Brooklyniest of Brooklyn neighborhoods, Williamsburg, kept popping up. It's called, Little Choc Apothecary.
My dear friend and I met up at the tiny little shop to try out their entirely gluten free (with one easily avoided and labeled item) vegan crepe menu. Since neither one of us is vegan and only one of us is gluten free, we opened our minds to the wonderment of alternative foods and we were not disappointed
The shop is cute as can be with and open storefront on the bottom level for prime hipster watching and a few rows of tables up top if you're more in the mood for a good long catch up.
Even their menu is an adorable repurposed book cover.
I would like some stationary in that print please and thank you!
Now before we jump into it, let me tell you the real reason I was so eager to try Little Choc Apothecary. Not only is it gluten free and vegan, but they don't use almond flour in their crepe batter like most gluten free crepe joints.
At the least almonds will make my cheeks swell up and cause some pain for a few days and at the most, they will kill me. So like a good little allergy sufferer, I avoid them like the plague.
We started off with two piña green smoothies. They were rich, perfectly sweet, and oh so coconutty. As a full fledged coco-nut I whole heartedly approve!
Our smoothies and our catching up kept us busy until the main even arrived. THE CREPES!
They come neatly wrapped up and drizzled with sauce on dainty plates.
So thin, golden brown, and perfectly folded you almost don't want to disturb them.
But how could you resist?
The "Room for Mushrooms" is one of the savory crepes and is filled with herb roasted mushrooms, spinach, walnuts, tahini basil sauce.
We also added cashew cheese, becasue, why not?
They look and smell so good and have such a chewy texture, I actually had to double check and make sure they were gluten free. Having been a Celiac before the gluten free craze, I am still a little suspicious of anything that looks and tastes a bit too much like the real thing.
But I assure you, these are totally free of the gluten! They use a combination of sorghum, arrowroot, rice flours, and potato starch. Naturally this makes them a bit pricier than the average crepe, but honestly it's not outlandishly priced for an NYC lunch.
Aside from being gluten free, vegan, and totally delicious, these crepes are also quite inventive.
My favorite was "The Burrito". That's right, you read that correctly, The Burrito. It's another crepe from the savory list that is filled with avocado, coconut bacon, black beans, homemade chipotle hot sauce, homemade cashew cheese
You see those little bacon looking things up there? Those are COCONUT BACON! What? That's completely crazy! But I promise you friends, it's one of those things that is just crazy enough to work and I will promptly get to figuring out how to best make coconut bacon known to man.
And while our savory crepes were worth the trip all by themselves, you can't go to a crepe shop and not get something for you sweet tooth.
Inside that perfectly folded little crepe is homemade vegan chocolate hazelnut spread (aka Nutella) and shredded coconut.
Just layered in there, getting soaked up by the soft and chewy crepe.
The Nutella was warm, slightly sweet, a little nutty, and the perfect complement to the crunchy coconut flakes that softened as they soaked up all the chocolatey goodness.
Things got pretty messy on my plate after that first bite, so you'll just have to go get one yourself if you want more!
Located off of the Lorimer L/Metropolitan G stop in Williamsburg, the Little Choc Apothecary sits on Havermeyer between S 1st and S 2nd Streets and I promise you it is worth all the struggles of a weekend trip on the G train.
Grab a gaggle or friends, shimmy yourselves to Williamsburg and indulge in crepes that are so good you would never guess are gluten free and vegan!