Pure Food and Wine

Manhattan, New York City

4.1 / 12 votes

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Raw Vegan Restaurant

Restaurant, Bar

Completely vegan raw food restaurant. Open air garden dining. Also available are vegan wines, processed without any animal products.

Serving fusion fresh foods, all prepared in manners keeping food under 118 degrees Fahrenheit.

Added by inah on Sep 11 04 (last updated Feb 16 09)

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When my husband asked me where I would like to go for my birthday, I didn’t think twice. Pure Food and Wine, of course! Not because it became popular on the TV series Sex and the City, but because I love raw food. I love kelp, pad Thai, raw desserts and all types of smoothies. After all I’ve spent 7 weeks at a raw food institute. My only disappointment was that it was too expensive and I didn’t get to sample all the wonderful food they must have. And for a raw, gluten-free, vegan foodie gal like me, that’s big one. The food was good, the price not so good for most people. The Gal @ http://www.thehealthydish.com/category/feature-stories/restaurant/page/2/

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Pure is, in my opinion, the BEST vegan restaurant in the city, raw or otherwise (and I am far from a raw foodist). Their food is highly creative, beautiful, healthy, filling, and also healthy. The atmosphere is also beautiful and it is a great date spot (although it's pricey so you better really like your date!). :)

The food at Pure Food and Wine is phenomenal. If I had to rate them purely on the quality/taste/creativity of their food, they would get 5 stars. However, considering how pricey they are, I have to only give it 4 stars since it's high prices make it largely inaccessible to most New Yorkers. They are very heavy on the mushrooms, which I abhor, but their chefs are creative and the dishes involved so I do not feel my food is lacking by leaving the mushrooms off.

I've had some items for take out, like the lasagna (very good and very filling because it's loaded with dense nut cheese), and the collard green rolls (fantastic - a favorite snack!). I dined in the restaurant recently for the first time and it was a real treat. I happened to be dining with one of the cooks and we received superior treatment so 1) I can't say my experience was representative, and 2) I was SPOILED beyond belief to try way more dishes that I'd ever be able to afford on my own.

We started with smoothies and I went with the unfortunately named "spanking", which had coconut and several other tropical fruits. It was very good, but certainly not worth $14. We then had the cheese platter, which consists of 3 Dr. Cow cheeses (so they aren't homemade), flax/seed crackers, strawberry and basil. Very good, but considering you can just buy Dr. Cow cheese in the store, I would go with something else next time. We then had the hazelnut crostini with caper Bernaise (macadamia/cashew cheese), sauerkraut, and sprouts. It normally comes with cremini mushrooms but I had it without. This dish was OUTSTANDING. Definitely my favorite the entire night.

We started with the mini pizza entree (raw cracker-like crust, nut cheese, tomato, and greens) which was so-so. I was told that it normally comes with mushrooms, which would likely make it very tasty (assuming one likes mushrooms). We then had the pad thai, which comes with kelp noodles, bok choy, and mushrooms (of course). I am not huge on the texture of kelp and I don't like mushrooms so this wasn't my favorite dish but I could tell that it was very well-made and may be popular with others. My favorite entree was the spanikopita. It had coconut-meat "pastry" sheets and was stuffed with seasoned nut cheese and surrounded with cauliflower and grapes. It was a tad salty but it was delicious.

For dessert, we started with the sundae with both chocolate and vanilla ice cream and caramelized nuts, and it was fantastic. We then had the "cheesecake", which didn't really resemble cheesecake, which is okay with me because I don't care for cheesecake. The nut cream tasted like cheesecake but it also had a maple-beer reduction sauce, ice cream, and other flavors that made it much more interesting than the usual dessert.

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Neighborhood

Gramercy

Directions

Between 17th and 18th Street.

Non-Smoking

Accepts Reservations

Prices

$$$ - expensive

Payment

  • American Express MasterCard Visa

Cuisines

  • American
  • Eclectic (Fusion)
  • Raw Food
  • Eclectic (Varied)

Features

  • (Mostly) Organic
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Romantic

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