Pure Food & Wine
54 Irving Place (by 27th Street- next to Casa Mono)
New York, NY
I first went to Pure Food & Wine last September for my friend’s birthday since he had become raw vegan. I’m a meat eater so going to a vegan (and especially raw vegan) restaurant was not high on my priority list. But I’m always up for culinary adventures so I went for the dinner with slight skepticism. The restaurant impressed me and left me feeling full and satisfied without a bite of meat! It truly was a new experience and I was greeted with a lot of new flavors and textures. I have immense respect for those who cook here because it takes an extra dose of creativity to be able to make raw vegan food look and taste this good. I walked into the restaurant thinking that I would be unhappily chewing on raw leaves and bland food but on the contrary the food here was extremely well seasoned and so flavorful. This all makes sense because they dehydrate a lot of the ingredients. The desserts are a little rich and sweet for me (lots of coconut butter, coconut cream and agave nectar)but they are still impressive (you wouldn’t be able to tell that they don’t contain dairy) and sharing a dessert is perfect.
My friend actually ended up working for Pure Food & Wine and I have been back to eat three times since with a few trips to One Lucky Duck (the take out section of Pure Food & Wine with a great selection of juices and smoothies).
I went back last Saturday (May 2012) and ate out in the terrace for the first time. The weather was beautiful and the space was gorgeous- I never knew how spacious it was out there.