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Posted by NY foodie on 10/09/2005
On Fri Oct 7 my fianc? and I took a vegan friend here for supper. It was a mistake. The food was ok @ best. The first couple of bites are interesting, and then it all starts to taste the same. The portions are microscopic. I lived in Europe (Fr, Nthr, Ire, UK) for many years. I believe that portions in the US are HUGE; however, I do like to know I have eaten something. These portions were so small we wound up @ a diner after we left. The service was abysmal. Our server took (10) minutes to get to our table (she had (1) other table) then it took another 30 to get drinks. She was inattentive and rude. More often then not we thought she was simply ignoring us. Each of us in turn would up waving our arms like we were trying to fly away (I only wish we had done) all this just to get refills on our water glasses or the like. If we had waited for her to come by, we would have expired @ the table from thirst and or hunger. As it is we almost died of hunger anyway. The prices were astronomical. There were (3) of us, we had (2) appetizers, (3) main courses, (3) desserts, and (2) glasses of wine. (We still had to go get something afterward as I said)The bill exceeded $200. To me this was ludicrous. I'm not cheap. I do not mind paying for what I get. I do not expect a fine meal for $1.98. However this was quite shocking. This is not a place to eat. It is PURELY a place to see or be seen. 3/4 of the people in the place were wearing leather, including the servers.
Posted by yogi on 09/06/2005
Been there 4 times. Had almost everything on the menu. Most of the dishses are terrific, flavors are great and the food is fresh and visibly appealing. Some dishes are way better than others. All the first courses are good with the exception of the samosas, not worth it. Amongh the 2nd courses, the lasagne, soft corn tortillas, and white corn tamales are the best. The service is uneven and sometimes so are the quality of the dishes. Desserts are good, so is the raw ice cream at the take out place around the corner. Overall a great meal, but sometimes very expensive for what you get.
Posted by rh+ on 08/22/2005
I would totally eat Pure for every meal. I have never been to a restaurant where every single dish on the menu is mind-blowing - so of course, there will be a few dishes that are only "good" or "very good". However, there are many mind-blowing dishes to be had at Pure...definitely try the coconut/peanut sauce noodles, and the cauliflower samosas, then go next door and get a pint of almond buttercup ice cream to go. People who complain that the food is subpar for the price were probably just unlucky and had "good" food rather than the many excellent and mind-blowing dishes available. Get dish recommendations before you go, keep in mind that the prices reflect a labor intensive meal made of only the finest, freshest organic ingredients, and you'll have a great time here. Yes, Quintessence is also good, but although more affordable, the best food there is only "very good". Enjoy!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/20/2005
WOW, the food was incredible and at times I could not believe I was eating raw food. I had the tasting menu because I could not decide on what to order (because I wanted everything). The dessert was decadant (Chocalate cake) and once again I could not believe it was not cooked. Thank goodness someone has finally opened an Upscale raw food restaurant. It is definitely worth the visit. You will not be disappointed. Atmosphere and service is excellent.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/19/2005
I went last night with 3 friends and sat out back in the garden; beautiful space. Each had a glass of wine at $10 per...pretty good wine. The wheels came of the place when the food was served. I got veg. tamale..not good. One friend got the empanadas.....unappetizing and cold. Really nice space, nice staff, but poor food. Vegan/veg. food can be made better than this.
Disappointing food. I am open to all kinds of food but this was simply not too good. I ordered the corn empanadas with Eggplant, Currants, and Walnuts. They were chewy, tasted like caramel and had no flavor. I could not distinguish between the eggplant and the walnut etc. My dinner companions had similar experiences. The portions were very small for an average of $23 a plate. We left feeling hungry. Four glasses of wine and four entrees and $150 later...I will not return. That said, the outdoor garden is lovely, and the service was acceptable. If they would only do something about the food!
Posted by professor on 06/17/2005
I heard great things about this place, so my friend and I went all out and got the tasting menu. I have to say that I wasn't too impressed. Though the service was great, the portions were pretty skimpy (especially for the amount of wine we had) and the flavors were nothing too titillating. I am a veggie and fond of raw food, but I have to say that for your dollars' worth, Quintessence is the place to go.