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Posted by Peter on 01/13/2009
Pure food and wine puportedly touts great health benefits from eating raw food. The atmosphere is slick and sexy. The wine & alchohol list quadrouples the relatively small food offerings. (they make much more money on the alchohol). Is it creative? Yes, very much so. Will you feel fulfilled or even healthy after this meal? Probably not, but most likely you will be intoxicated.
Posted by tsachang on 01/03/2009
I don't live in NYC, but I go to Pure Food and Wine every time I'm in NY (monthly). I cannot more highly recommend the food. As a hypoglycemic, it is quite luxurious to never have to choose carefully... I can eat anything on the menu and it's altogether healthy, filling and delicious. Unfortunately, the garden is the only quiet place in this restaurant to dine and it's only open seasonally. I think that the owner is possibly in the midst of a middle-aged crisis and is devoted to appearing like a 20-something because the music volume literally overwhelms the food, which given the tremendous quality of food here, is no small feat. Unless you sit in the garden, this is not a place to dine w/an intelligent, articulate date as you won't be able to hear them. Also, the bathroom doors don't reliably lock (despite the owner being made aware of this) and they are unkempt. I'm afraid that Sarma may get her wish... when you cater to 20-something's, you have to expect sloppy and boisterous. Terrific for carry out!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2008
Though i do tend to think of vegetarian restaurants as an in general second rate dining experience, i would have to say that i am continuously surprised by the food at Pure Food and Wine. I have been there several times over the past few years, and would honestly say that i think the food has continued to improve in an upwards climb over those years. The service is hit or miss, but that is something i find to be common as most restaurants do not always hold hospitality as their ultimate end goal. But the food at Pure Food in Wine is truly remarkable. Considering the limitations of the specifics of this unique approach to food and cooking, i think the food they have obviously tried so hard to make beautiful and interesting is truly inspired. It is obvious that there is much experimentation that comes into play in trying to make food that does not just taste and look like nuts and vegetables, and i commend them for taking the time to always push the cuisine to new heights. I commend Pure for their obvious dedication to making well balanced and beautiful food. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone seriously interested in food, and would remind all naysayers that it also happens to be Michelin recommended- which is no small honor!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/01/2008
You know the joke? Poor food, and the portions are so small! Well, add lousy service, and outrageous prices, and you've got Pure Food and Wine.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/29/2008
Ok....having wanted to try this place for some time, we finally went last night. We sat out back in the garden which was very nice and the restaurant was very full. The service was ok, but they did forget to bring our wine until the middle of the meal. We also tried 2 of the martinis, but they were too sweet for us. Appetizers were the ceviche and the ravioli. Ceviche was ok but the other was just not doing it for us since it tasted similar to nut paste. Main courses were the tamale and the lasagna. The lasagna was interesting as it had some texture, but the tamale was like eating corn mush. Dessert we had the mousse and the carrot cake. Neither were impressive. Since my boyfriend and I are pretty big foodies, we are glad we tried this, but were craving a nice big burger right after the meal. Not a place we will be returning to.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/25/2008
Being a big fan of raw food, expectations for a restaurant with a highly acclaimed food preparation book were high. The food was good but overpriced. I am a raw foodist and enjoy raw food out often so I am very familiar with excellent raw as well as high-end restaurants overall. The food did not surprise or delight me, but it was basically good, and nicely presented. The wines were a major disappointment. The two wines we tried were disappointing, too young and one note, lacked complexity. If the restaurant name contains "wine" a better wine list is expected. The service was okay, but not memorable or helpful. It just seems that the restaurant appeals to the young and trendy rather than good service, good food, good wine with a good fair value. I commend the owners on what they are doing and am 100% for raw restaurants. It's just could be better for being considered a classy restaurant
Posted by Live Well! on 08/23/2008
I went there through a friends recommendation who I met at another vegetarian restaurant in the East Village. The ambiance in the back garden is warm but the extra cold and inattentive service surely tries hard to ensure that you get out of there soon or wait 25 minutes for each course. The big table next to us starting snapping fingers at the staff and clapping to get their attention. How long does it take to bring RAW FOOD! And then the food arrived presented beautifully in micro portions with ridiculous price tags. I could eat a salad in India on the beach and have a much more satisfying experience. Great idea ....the worst execution ever! I guess all I had to do to get over it was drink 2 Martinis which had more interesting ingredients. Not to mention leaving a 10% tip which the staff didn't even deserve! Never again...I ll stick to good food that makes you feel purely happy and Pass on the PURE HYPE that is called food!