[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

These brownies, all fudgy inside, crisp along the edges, are offered by the square at the recently opened Vegan Divas on 1st Avenue between 74th and 75th. They're made from a base of spelt flour and a handful of non-dairy dark chocolate chips. If you visit in the morning, also look out for breakfast muffins ($3). The subtle, faintly sweet corn and olive oil is my favorite, though the blueberry (pictured) and raspberry-lemon are also a winners if you're craving fruit muffins. They're also doing soft-serve and pressed-to-order organic juices at Vegan Diva's first stand-alone location.

Vegan Divas

1437 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10075 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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