Despite the fact that the delis and restaurants of NYC offer up (almost) everything a hungry Manhattanite could want, plant-based cheesecakes still haven’t made it onto most menus.
But thanks to Sirabella’s, dairy-free versions of this famous dessert can now be delivered straight to doorsteps nationwide.
The company, based in New Jersey, makes its cheesecakes with lactose free cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and lemon juice, complete with a crumb bottom. One of the founders (Marc Sirabella) is vegan and the other lactose intolerant (Avi Strauss), so they decided to create a dessert that was accessible to everyone.
“We had one thing in mind, to replicate New York style cheesecake for the vegan and lactose intolerant consumers,” says Strauss, the company’s president. “Our vegan cheesecake is sized to what you would expect from an Italian bakery, has a rich creamy New York style texture, and a delicious golden graham cracker bottom.”
Sirabella’s offers a traditional New York-style cheesecake ($39.95), plus strawberry, chocolate, cherry, blueberry and raspberry varieties ($44.95 each). Each cheesecake offers 12 servings.
The company enlisted lots of taste testers to insure the product was top notch — and none of the lucky foodies were vegan. The founders wanted to make sure the cheesecakes appealed to everyone.
“We are from the New York area which has some of the pickiest and most spoiled cheesecake consumers,”says co-founder Sirabella. “They loved the creaminess of our product, the texture, the thickness of the crust, and the fact that it tastes like the real thing.”
Eventually, they hope to work with bigger businesses, Strauss adds. “Like most start-ups, it’s hard to break into the brick and mortar stores in the beginning. However, we believe in a short period of time after we have proven that we can build a strong customer base, popular stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s will give us that opportunity.”
Sirabella’s is based out of New Jersey, but offers nationwide delivery, so even Californians are in luck. When those dessert cravings strike, you can visit VeganCheesecake.net to order.