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Pure Food and Wine
Posted by Anonymous on 09/17/2007
It was too noisy inside so the staff was very friendly and moved us to the gorgeous garden. The appetisers were good; sushi and avocado/tomato but nothing special. The samosa appetiser was incredible! Maincourse i recommend to NOT get the ravioli. The wine and sake selection is good but the bottles are not kept by the table and the staff isnt too attentive on refills. Over all not bad, it was a nice night but not worth going back..
Posted by Pamela K on 09/10/2007
My boyfriend and I went this past Friday for dinner and had the tasting menu. We were extremely disappointed in what came out - mush the whole way through. The ingredients were not what we expected at all, it seemed as though they did not use the pure ingredients that they promise. We did like the outdoor garden and if we ever go back, it will be only for drinks outside.
Posted by From Midtown on 08/10/2007
The food is great, I always feel good after having such fresh fare. Try not to look at the name of the dish, look at the ingredients instead, it makes for a better experience. The loud music inside is a big drawback so outside when available is a must. If you get the "Caesar salad" and anything else you will not be able to finish. Lasagna is a treat and the classic sundae can't be beat. Sake is very nice here also.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2007
First off, this place has a nice backyard and though it's casual it does seem sort of up-scale. Which you would expect from anyplace where dinner for two comes to $150. That said the food isn't great. When it first arrived we commented on how the mole tamales tasted like regular mole tamales, despite being not cooked and 100% vegitarian. However after two apps and two entrees, everything was pretty much the same grainy "paste" texture either stuffed into zucchini flowers or inside a tamale. After a few bites it gets a little tiresome to keep eating the same industrial-feeling, heavy paste.
Posted by Raw Foodie on 06/28/2007
I recommend avoiding this place. I am a lover of raw food and raw food restaurants (most of them), and usually have a great experience enjoying the bounty. Here, the service is more focused on maintaining a pretentious, holier-than-thou attitude than helping the customers. The prices for the decent food are extremely high (think of the Irving Place rental rates they have to cover). If you'd care to witness unorganized incompetence at its pinnacle, and pay $7+ for a 16oz orange juice, try Pure Food and Take Away around the corner. This place can make the most Zen'd person upset and discouraged. A truly unpleasant experience, especially given the extortionate prices.
Posted by Allison on 04/25/2007
I thought I found the most undiscovered haven when I stepped out back into the garden at Pure Food. I knew immediately I was in for a positive experience. I went w/ a date, we shared an appetizer, two entrees, dessert and teas, for a tipped bill of $110, so make of that what you will. As for the food, it was just so enjoyable to eat a tasteful, healthy, beautiful meal. The ingredients are fresh, flavourful, and simple. Everything was delicious: samosas, lasagne, biyrani, ginger lime tea, pecan pie. The atmosphere was the perfect enhancement to a romantic evening. The only frustration I had was at the end of the night. At some point the waitress' shift must have ended and this guy abruptly took over. When the bill came we paid it right away, but it was a good 10 minutes until we saw him again. Still, not enough of a reason to make me not want to run back!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/12/2007
My fiance and I went there for our 5 year anniversary and we absolutely loved it! The portions are not small at all, and the service was exceptional. I would definitely try the lasagna and the tacos. They were delicious! It was definitely well worth the price and we would definitely go back!