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  • Health Food, Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan, Local/Organic, Smoothies/Juice Bar
  • 263 E 10th St, New York NY10009 40.728521 -73.983256
  • (Btwn Ave A & 1st Ave)
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  • (646) 654-1823
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User Ratings (Based on 35 reviews)

3.575
Food 3.8 Value 3.2
Service 3.7 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(646) 654-1823
Fax:
fax
(212) 654-1804
Website:
www.raw-q.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Daily: 11:30am-11pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Cheap Eats, Outdoor Dining, BYOB, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering

User Reviews

  • Quintessence

    Posted by ki-lo on 02/12/2014

    2nd visit

    i really think the food sublime & if you think you cant get that full feeling on raw cuisine, think again. the green soup was amazing & had i known how big the buddha bowl was, i would have skipped the soup. it's just so small a space. we waited for 20 min in 17 degree weather ---- wine would have been warming, alas it's BYOB. i think quintessence will be my summer lunch stop after a long bike ride.

  • Quintessence

    Posted by Lauren on 07/02/2013

    This place is excellent

    This place is AMAZING. Every time get take out, it is super fresh, colorful, full of flavor. It is by far my favorite raw restaurant in the area. Chef's Club sandwich is my go-to along with their green soup, Endive Salad, and raw burger. Nothing disappoints me. If you want quality food made with lots of love and care, try this place. If you are expecting cheap, don't even bother (I think the prices are very reasonable for raw) - I go for quantity and this is well worth the extra few dollars because it makes my tummy happy. If you want a cheap greasy meal, go somewhere else.

  • Quintessence

    Posted by Raw food lover on 08/11/2012

    Bring back the big mock!

    I like Quintessence but I have to agree with the last reviewer. The All American Burger here costs more than the burger at the 21 Club. And Bring back the Big Mock!...it was better than the one that replaced it...or better yet how about a few Burger options if you're gonna charge prices like that!

  • Quintessence

    Posted by Sam on 04/01/2012

    Come on Guys!

    $20 for a raw burger? Yeah the food is ok but the prices are insulting. If they made the prices reasonable I bet they'd make more money due to the fact that raw foodists as well as others would go there much more often.

  • Quintessence

    Posted by NotUsuallyIntoRawFood on 02/13/2012

    yum

    wow, i am not usually into raw food - have had not-so-great experiences at another not-to-be-named upscale raw food restaurant in nyc. but each and every time i go to Quintessence i am thrilled with my meal. the food is artfully presented and the portion sizes are decent. despite the 'pizza' not actually resembling pizza, or the 'nachos' not really what one would expect when they hear that word, everything tastes great and has a wonderful combination of textures and flavors. and their shakes are wonderful- try the raw chocolate one!! the place is tiny and cozy, and the blender seems to be going full force in the back kitchen, so tables near the big window in front are prime. the staff there is very accommodating, should you have any issues. all in all, this place is a must-try for anyone, regardless of your diet preferences.

  • Quintessence

    Posted by Matthew on 11/29/2011

    Not recommended

    Full disclosure: I'm not a vegan or a raw foodist. I am a vegetarin, however, and was thrilled to try Quintessence after hearing good things. I went with a friend, with great intentions. We sat down and she ordered a glass of wine. "We don't serve alcohol." So she asked for a Diet Coke. "Um, no, sorry." AS IF she'd asked for blood of a virgin on the rocks. We ordered "nachos." You can not make a corn chip without frying it. Don't bother. We had a "stew." You can't "stew" food without cooking it. We had a "caesar" salad. The "carmelized onions" were dehydrated and saturated with agave nectar. All of this to say that the "raw" food at Quintessence is, well, unappetizing. If I want raw food I will make a gigantic, delicious salad. Their attempts to create food resembling cooked food fell totally flat. AND the waitress was rude. The most disappointing meal I've ever had in NY. Hands down.

  • Quintessence

    Posted by Natalia on 06/19/2011

    The Best

    This is absolutely the best place for people who appreciate real food. I am used to high quality meals from organic ingredients but the food in this place ranks on the top. It tastes like nothing else and yet all the ingredient are real (well, this is the best part). Also, it is worth every penny and the owners are clearly not trying to make money on us - I think they actually believe in what they do. Also, good ingredients, as we all know, are not cheap. Every time you eat in a (suspiciously) cheap place, remember that the owners still need to make money, so what is the actual quality of the food you bought? Your body is so worth of being treated well. These guys seem to be somewhat religious about raw food and this makes this place (and the food) very special. The desserts are so delicious and guilt-free and I do not understand why there is no one-mile like outside. I think, unfortunately, many people still believe that "usual" food (overpriced "Italian" pasta, anyone?) is somehow better than raw and pure. I crave this food all the time, too bad I live in Boston, a little too far to stop by from time to time.

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