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Pure Food and Wine
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!
Posted by anonymous on 07/29/2008
I went to Pure with my family, as I was visiting from San Francisco...a total of 5 of us. We all ordered the tasting menu. It was an amazing experience for our taste buds. We were greeted by a less than conversational server, but the runners who brought us our food did a nice job of explaining what each dish was. I HIGHLY recommend the tasting menu, regardless of it's price. The amuse boush was so small and delicious, followed by a few rounds of appetizers, mains and intensely delicious desserts. We also got a few pitchers of sangria, which were tasty. I also noticed that the bathroom was a mess, with paper towels scattered all over the floor...I was really turned off by that. The ambiance was nice on the back patio. I did feel an air of people who were there to "be seen" and that was somewhat annoying. We went on a Friday evening, but it was less than half full, which was surprising.
Posted by The voice of reason on 07/10/2008
Some people who potsed their comments on here should be ashamed. You should be thankful that you can afford to regularly eat such nice, specialty food. You sound like spoiled children complaining about the waitstaff, who have jobs you could probably never do without crying to your mummy everynight, or complaining about any other silly thing pertaining to this awsome resturant. Thank your lucky stars tonight for your fortune, leave a nice tip and hop in your cab.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/25/2008
i have to agree w/ a few of the other reviews. I love this place but some of the entrees are VERY small. stick to getting a few appetizers they are often bigger and more inventive. the garden is the way to go in the summer.
Posted by tomythewho on 06/18/2008
I eat at Pure at least once per month and agree that the food is outstanding. I am willing to pay the price the the labor-intensive food preparation with expensive ingredients. Like others, I take issue with the price of traditional salads at Pure and NEVER buy one, even though they are probably delicious like everything else there. I also agree with others who noted that the bathroom is consistently unkempt and I can't figure out why there's no attention to detail in that department. I greatly admire the hostess/owner and wish she'd be a little bit more gregarious. But, I have found the servers to be excellent. If it's a beautiful day, definitely sit out back!
Posted by Veggie BOy on 06/12/2008
This is by far my favorite restaurant in New York City. The unique menu is capable of satisfying the most strict of vegans while also offering more than enough for the typical carnivore with an open mind. The wine list is superb, offering many wonderful organic wines. With a very romantic atmosphere, this place is perfect for a date. It really offers a new experience that should be enjoyed by all! This is the best!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/10/2008
The level of service at this expensive restaurant needs to be at par with the quality of the food. I seriously would recommend the owners training their wait staff into the subtle details of being a good waiter like i.e. don’t reach across the table to pour water on a glass, don’t have the customer request the specials and remind the waiter to take our drink order, definitely don’t toss the menus on the table, and don’t take an order or serve the food while standing behind the patrons (never even seen that in a diner!) It is a shame because the food is good but the fact that their waiters are pretty scattered and careless deters from what should be a pretty great meal.