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Pala

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 15 reviews )
Contact 212-614-7252
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198 Allen St (at Houston), New York City, New York, USA, 10012

Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a full vegan menu and a gluten free menu and each pizza is cooked and prepared in a dedicated area, pan and oven. Vegan topping options include cheeses, of which daiya is one, and a variety of veggies. Also has a small bar. Located near music venues and between the lower east side and the east village. Open Mon 12:00am-12:00am, Tue-Fri 4:00pm-12:00am, Wed-Fri 12:00am-12:00am, Sat-Sun 12:00am-1:00am, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-12:00am.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Pizza, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out, Non-veg

Reviews (15)

First Review by amaranth

one of my fav vegan pizzas! - Edit

great gluten-free crust, and delicious pizza. awesome place, and located near a cute lil book store, vegan shoe store and a vegan bakery.

Pros: gluten-free options and vegan menu, location, have had vegan desserts before

Cons: not a vegan restaurant ofc


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They took a stand, albeit not very kind - Edit

Went here for lunch on a Sunday - there were no other patrons there. Menu said no substitutions or omissions as the menu was crafted for the flavor combinations. However, a member of my party has many other allergies other than gluten, one being coconut which is a main ingredient in the vegan cheese on their pizzas. They refused to serve the pizza without this cheese. I find it interesting that they care about someone becoming physically ill if they have gluten but don't really give a rip when it affects their flavor profiles. So. Chef is more important than customers. That is, of course, their choice and yes, it was clearly written on the menu, but I found the lack of caring extremely disappointing.

Pros: Place looks nice, Menu looked interesting

Cons: Perplexing inflexibility


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Vegan and Gluten Free - Edit

Everywhere in NYC you see people selling and eating pizza. That's great if you want to have some dairy cheese, meat and wheat flour, but if you want to forego one of those, or two or all, it becomes more challenging to find pizza that actually tastes good.

This review is just for their pizza, and like other reviewers have said - it's pretty gosh darned good. My only gripe is their unwillingness to alter the menu items. Conveniently, their menu is extremely vegan friendly, with half of it pretty much being vegan. Also, about half of the vegan menu or more, really, is gluten free. This is amazing, considering the heart of pizza and Italian cuisine seems to reside upon dairy cheese and wheat flour.

This place is a godsend, because you can drag your non-veg*n people somewhere and try to convince them to eat veg*n, or… just eat your delicious veg*n food and tell them to try some and notice that it's just as good (better, really). The crust is not tough or chalky or pasty or tasteless - it's thin crust gluten-free vegan done exceptionally well.

I love the outdoor seating with the indoor seating and open feel to the restaurant's vintage, old-time decor. It highlights the focus on the pizza ovens.

The attitude is typical City-tude: can't seat you until all your party is here. Reservations are rampant and highly suggested, so do so!

The menu is extensive, and I love that there are 3 different gluten free pastas. I love that there are antipasti, salads, pasta and pizza with multiple options in all categories. The only limitation is the price. While portions are decent, the price prevents me from ever wanting to splurge from the foodie perspective.

Still, if you want classy vegan, gluten-free pizza, go here. It is awesome.

Pros: Gluten-free is vegan, Vegan menu is extensive, Top quality food/ ingredients

Cons: Seated only when whole party present, No substitutions of any kind, Prices


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Best vegan pizza! - Edit

Although Pala serves meat, they have a clearly marked vegan menu with pasta and pizza items. The pizzas are truly delicious. I believe they use Field Roast products for their vegan sausage. The pizza is as close to authentic Italian pizza as you can get, I do believe. Of course, it's more expensive than say, Two Boots, but the food and atmosphere is also very different.

Pala is a relaxing, somewhat chic restaurant. The front of the restaurant is made up of garage doors that open up during warmer months. It's candle-lit in the evenings. Pala serves fancy cocktails that cost a pretty penny but are truly potent and delicious.

The pizza is remarkable. I can't wait to go back!!!

Pros: Upscale vegan pizza, Romantic atmosphere, Vegan menu clearly marked

Cons: Kind of pricey but worth it


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Fantastic - Edit

Great vegan pizza in the Lower East Side. Very nice setting and the staff are polite and attentive. Perhaps a touch on the pricey side and would probably reserve for special occasions, although I'm craving another potato and broccolini pizza now just thinking about it. Check it out.

Pros: vegan options, great taste

Cons: price


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Great vegan menu, could do with some diversity - Edit

The food and service here were both really good, but the entrees suffer a bit from lack of creativity. Or, to be precise, ingredients. The gnocchi, for example, is delicious but it is not much more than gnocchi with tomato sauce and daya cheese. Some vegetables would have been nice. Still a good place to eat though.

Pros: service , vegan menu


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Tasty! - Edit

This is a nice little pizza place on the north end of the Lower East Side that serves meat and dairy, but about 1/3 of the menu (back page) is vegan. I had the arrabiata pizza, with no cheese (I am not a Daiya fan), and I talked them into adding soy sausage. Apparently, the management is opposed to substitutions/alterations to their pizzas, but they took care of me. It was very good. Thin crust, fresh, and flavorful.

Pros: nice ambiance, fresh , reasonable prices

Cons: no modifications


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Yummy! Would give five cows if I could! - Edit

Amazing pizza! This restaurant serving primarily pizza entree's is wonderful- tasty food, nice staff, and enjoyable atmosphere. I love the extensive vegan menu, that many of the vegan items can be made gluten free (which is sadly unusual in restaurants with gluten free options), and that vegan and gluten free items are prepared separately and are cooked on their individual pan and separate oven. Also, it is nice to be able to eat out at a place where my omnivore friends are happy to eat, too- they always taste and enjoy my pizza, too. The menu is set, which can be annoying not to craft your own topping selections and pizza; however, their gourmet pizza creations are very tasty, so it doesn't make a difference. The Etna is my favorite gf vegan pizza- it's incredibly delicious!

Pros: Tasty food and drinks, great atmosphere, nice staff

Cons: sometimes the gf crust is too salty, sometimes the bartender is patronizing , can't create own pizza


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This was a wonderful place - Edit

I enjoyed a really delicious vegan pizza at Pala. We sat at the bar and it was super packed but full of atmosphere. The pizza was superb and the staff were friendly.

Pros: Delicious pizza, Great atmosphere, Friendly staff


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