While I find vegan restaurants to be disappointing about 50 percent of the time (I like to accommodate my vegan friends when I eat, alright?), I have much better luck with vegan baked goods and sometimes even prefer them to the "real" thing. When I went to Penny Licks—a candy, ice cream, and vegan bake shop in Williamsburg—the beautiful and pristine strawberry vanilla mousse cake jumped out at me. I devoured about a third of the ginormous $6 quadruple-layer cake wedge before fullness kicked in. But I kept going—the fluffy, lightly sweetened and strawberry-flavored mousse went down a lot easier than conventional frosting, and the cake, while a bit dense, was satisfyingly moist and not too sweet. Maybe I'll just meet my vegan friends at Penny Licks from now on.
158 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11211 (b/n N 8th and N 9th; map) 718-384-0158
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