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Pure Food and Wine
Posted by Anonymous on 05/07/2008
I have been to PURE a few times over the years and have always been impressed. Last night changed my mind forever. First our waiter told us the wine we ordered was out of stock, but then he took about 20 minutes to get our second choice. The "heirloom lettuces" were bland. There was nothing special about this salad at all. For $18 I want a “wow” in my salad. It tasted like normal lettuce with some fig sauce poured on it. Ick. We didn’t even finish it – and it was super small! One bite was enough. The next course took forever to prepare - how long does it take to "prepare" raw food? It was not especially crowded but we waited for about 40 minutes before our next courses came. My friend’s "truffled" ravioli with asparagus had SLIVERS of white asparagus and not hint of truffle at all! My saag paneer was some spinach in a suace and a rice with radishes. The presentation was lacking and the food was super bland. We left HUNGRY and went for pizza - after spending $125 for two people! Finally, the bathroom was in horrible shape- no toilet paper and piles of paper towels all over the floor as if no one had been in there to clean up for hours! We will NOT go back again. It is overpriced and lack luster.
Posted by raw girl on 01/29/2008
I had the tasting menu for my birthday and it was incredible. Absolutley get the sundae it is so delicious and huge and dairy-free!
Posted by 1up on 12/02/2007
the first time i visited PURE FOOR + WINE i was attracted by the luring ambience from outside the front door. the menu looked lovely as well. inside, it is beautifully decorated, very subtle and intimate. very romantic. in the spring/summer/autumn the area outside in the back is open. and that really is a treat! sitting under the stars and yet with trees around you...taking it all in...while eating gorgeous *live* food, it is surreal. ...and contagious. the food is superb, and it was only until after we had our desserts did we find out it is a raw food + vegan restaurant. one could not even tell. small but filling dishes, lovlingly arranged on the plate. the service was super. i have been back, oh probably 7-8 times since. and taken carnivores as well - they were even pleasantly satisfied at the end of their meal. the cocktails are brilliant as well. and staff know what they are talking about, about foods and drinks.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/14/2007
Loved every morsel of our meals! I had the ravioli which made me run home to open their cookbook I purchased some time ago and try to re-create it the next night for dinner. The blueberry and lemon ice cream was simply out of this world. We like when we can enjoy a meal, have room for desert and not feel like a stuffed sausage when we leave. The post below made me laugh regarding the absence of pasta in the lasagna or bread on the table. Buddy, did you not realize you were dining at a raw/ LIVE food restaurant? Doh!
Posted by anonymous on 11/05/2007
I have been going to the cafe at Pure Food and Wine for quite a few months, but after this weekend will not return. Why they feel the need to be incredibly rude to anybody who walks in, is beyond me. If I'm going to spend $15 on a carton of ice cream, the least you can do is acknowledge me when I come inside of your store. More than once I've had to stand at the register, waiting for them to speak to me and once they do, it's usually a cold/nasty response. I really enjoy Pure Food, their raw food is the best around, unfortunately, I won't be eating it anymore.
Posted by AnalogKid17 on 10/19/2007
I found this cozy little restaurant by chance. I was looking for a "nice" place to take somebody and this seemed like the right one. It was again by chance that I ended up in a vegan restaurant, but being vegetarian this was a pleasant surprise. Given that I've been vegetarian for years and that I've eaten in 4 other vegan restaurant in NYC, I can safely say that while the food was good it was not excellent at all. I saw people disappointed about strips of nori on their salad, I was disappointed by my lasagna being just a pile veggies with no actual pasta layers, there was no bread or other carbohydrate whatsoever and this is NOT advertised outside. We ordered Pinot Grigio by the glass and the waitress, in a non apologetic way, said they don't serve it "by the glass", she didn't offer an explanation or an alternative. The experience was over all bad enough that I know won't go back or recommend it. Further it was made worse by a painfully slow service and a 3 digit bill for a dinner that left me wanting for more.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/12/2007
The food is here is amazing, expensive due the ingredients and labor intense process to create great raw cuisine, but it's so good. I have taken meat eating friends there on several occasions who love it and can't get over how good everything is. The lasagna, risottos and desserts are especially outstanding. The pumpkin pie in season is to die for.