The sky cried on our last day in New York City.  We could have stayed indoors with all the normal people but we still hadn’t tried a Tempeh Reuben!  Those magical, mythical sandwiches that all my favourite American bloggers post about.  I wanted one and there was no way I was leaving NYC without one!

I told Dom about the vegan restaurant website I had fallen in love with.  We checked their menu and made our plan. Huddled up in our warmest gear and armed with our tourist map, we hit the Subway to the East Village.

Have you ever seen a prettier restaurant website??


Caravan of Dreams


Caravan of Dreams was more casual than I’d imagined but every bit as whimsical.  Warm and cosy with low ceilings and soft lighting, it was the perfect place to hide out from the storm.  It was brunch-time on a Tuesday so we had the place to ourselves and we weren’t complaining.


Caravan of Dreams


To warm up I ordered The Good For Everything Tea: a knockout of ginger, cayenne, and lemon with goji, $5.  I’m not sure why I didn’t get a snapshot of it – I think I was just too blown away by THE BEST TEA I HAVE EVER HAD!!  This was seriously sensational and left me feeling amazing.  Click HERE for the DIY recipe!


Just as I’d finished marveling over the tea, it arrived!  Our first ever Tempeh Reuben!  Oh so worth the wait!: caramelized onions, Russian dressing, tomato, rye toast, house sauerkraut and pickle, $13.

Thank you for popping my Tempeh Reuben cherry, Caravan of Dreams!  We loved every mouthful and created our own version as soon as we got home (check it out HERE).


Tempeh Reuben



Tempeh Reuben


Only $13 and served with your choice of salad or soup!  Dom chose Miso and loved it:




We also shared the Berry Pancakes: two spelt pancakes, grilled banana, fresh fruit and chopped nuts, $10.  Delicious!


Fruit Pancakes


Fabulous food, happy prices, friendly staff and cozy decor.  Definitely worth a walk/sing/dance in the rain for.  ♥••*´¨`*•.☆•

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9 Comments on NYC Vegan: Caravan of Dreams, East Village

  1. Sophie
    January 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm (11 years ago)

    Waw! Thanks for sharing! all of the shown foods look amazing & ooh so tasty too!

    Vegan tempeh Reuben sandwich, you say?? Wonderful!!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 21, 2013 at 11:33 am (11 years ago)

      I recreated it on the weekend, Sophie, and it was AMAAAZING! Recipe coming soon! 🙂 xx

      • Sophie
        January 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm (11 years ago)

        I can’t wait for it! That sounds so delish! xxx

  2. Kristy
    January 19, 2013 at 5:37 am (11 years ago)

    Yay for popping your Reuben cherry! 😉 Aren’t they the best?!?!

    We didn’t make it to Caravan of Dreams on our trip (a girl can only eat so much), but since we’ve decided to try and make NYC a yearly thing, I’m sure we’ll try it on the next go. 🙂

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 21, 2013 at 11:34 am (11 years ago)

      Ohhh you definitely must go next time, Kristy! It was SO GOOD and we were soooo happy to finally try a Reuben! 🙂 xx

  3. Barb@ThatWasVegan?
    January 22, 2013 at 5:48 am (11 years ago)

    I’m so glad you got to try a tempeh reuben- that’s pretty much my favorite sandwich. Funny thing is, I’ve never had a non-vegan one! They never appealed to me before, isn’t that odd? And I totally agree with you about that website, it’s great!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 23, 2013 at 3:09 pm (11 years ago)

      haha, no I completely get it about them never appealing to you before. There are quite a few foods I’ve come across that I’ve only fallen in love with the vegan version. I totally understand why it’s your favourite sandwich now, too! Incredible!

  4. Brittany
    January 23, 2013 at 5:32 am (11 years ago)

    No weather would hold me back from a foodie experience like this!! That sandwich looks UNREAL! YUM!

    • * Vegan Sparkles *
      January 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm (11 years ago)

      Viva la umbrellas and tempeh reubens!! 🙂