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Pure Food and Wine
Posted by Don't do a pre-fixe here on 01/01/2014
We did the New Year's pre-fix and we left hungry. Portions were minuscule (the amuse bouche was literally a mandarin segment supposedly carbonated). Yes, this is supposed to be small but one segment is a joke. The cauliflower soup was in a word: blechy. My boyfriend was right when he said prisoners would riot if they were served something so blah (the serving size was 3 tbsp so we didn't suffer long). By the entree we were starved and shortly in to eating it I realized I was going to leave hungry. Dessert was the best part - maybe because we knew we were leaving? All in this was $230 dollars with just one drink each. Unbelievable. Thumbs decidedly down.
Posted by ki-lo on 12/20/2012
yes, the portions are small. but as vegans, my spouse & i left very full. the choices are exotic --- i have no qualms about the food. it is extraordinary. the prices? i understand what goes into creating these food items --- aint easy. requires time. still, overpriced. the waitstaff needs to get a life. or a boyfriend. or a new job.
Posted by Rawfoodist from NY on 07/27/2012
The atmosphere is realy nice if you are in the garden, but extrimely noisy inside with very loud music. I liked first courses , but didn't like the second courses at all , they are too nutty and dense. When I think of raw food I think of much lighter food with more interesting flavours though.
Posted by Plateful on 03/30/2012
Food quality and service is very good. Room is attractive and comfortable but it can be very noisy. Menu is indeed interesting but why does raw food have to be so expensive and why do the portions have to be so meager. If you order 3 entrees, you will have one normal portion and the same goes with the other menu items. And desert is between $15-19. My wife, who is 110 pounds, and I went home and made ourselves sandwiches after spending $125 on dinner. Absurd.
Posted by yasmine on 03/05/2012
I love, cook, and eat vegan and gluten-free food. In addition, I appreciate the value of raw vegetables and nuts. However, I was very disappointed by this restaurant. The food is REALLY over-processed and dense, and it just sat in my stomach for 24 hours afterwards. I am not clear on why all the fresh vegetables and nuts need to be put in a food processor at this place? In addition, the flavors were overwhelming due to the high density. It was difficult to eat. The atmosphere was nice (especially considering most vegan restaurants) and the service was friendly. However, the prices are outrageously high (remember: vegetables and nuts only), and the food is totally bizarre. I wanted to love this place so badly! And, unfortunately, it just did not work at all.
Posted by Jason on 11/06/2011
Food was delicious, inventive, and tasted exquisitely fresh. I was expecting portions to be incredibly small due to the other user comments, and although I do agree that the appetizers were not quite big enough to adequately share (especially for the price), the entrees were definitely agreed to be a satisfying portion for our party. The prices are indeed on the higher side of moderate, but I think they are justified for the level of freshness and ingenuity of their dishes. Recommended!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/01/2011
I'm not a snob. And this place is really expensive. But it's a NYC treasure. Anyone with appreciation for high level aesthetic experiences will really appreciate this place.