Pure City

Pine Bush, New York

3.7 / 2 votes

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Healthy Vegetarian Chinese Food

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Vegetarian Chinese cuisine.

Added by casxcore on Feb 8 10 (last updated Dec 10 10)

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Unfortunately, Pure City didn't do it for me. It's a vegetarian Chinese restaurant off-the-beaten-path, and definitely an unexpected find in the middle-of-nowhere upstate New York. It's a long trek to get to Pure City, as it's far from the expressways as well.

I started off with a roti paratha appetizer ($3.25). This is an Indian-Malaysian dish that consists of a flaky bread and is usually served with a yellow curry containing potatoes and mock chicken or beef. It's rare to find vegan versions of it, so I always order it whenever I see it. At Pure City, you get the paratha, but you don't get any curry to go with it; instead they gave me a small saucer of cold sweet and sour sauce. I don't like sweet and sour sauce and, moreover, it doesn't go well with paratha at all. I was really disappointed by this preparation.

For my main course I had a "veggie protein with basil" ($11) along with brown rice. This was one of the basic stir-frys on the menu; all of the more interesting-sounding dishes were much more expensive, so I ruled them out. First, the portion size was small considering the price. You won't get any leftovers from this meal. Second, the food just didn't taste that great. The basil they used was bitter, which did the single most harm to the dish; also, the veggie protein was thin and stringy. There were a few carrots and peapods in the dish, but the main vegetable was zucchini, which also tasted just a tad bitter.

For dessert I had a slice of homemade vanilla cheesecake ($5). This was the best part of the meal. While the cheesecake could have been firmer, I liked the strawberry sauce they used, and the subtle vanilla flavor of the cake itself.

The service was extremely friendly and attentive (granted, I was the only person in the restaurant). But the food here just wasn't that great. If you're in the area, it's your only choice for a decent meal, so hopefully they'll improve their game over time.

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Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • MasterCard Visa


  • Chinese


  • Quiet


Pure City exterior, May 2011

Pure City exterior, May 2011


11am - 10pm
11am - 11pm

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