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54 Irving Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 17th St.
Nice decor, lovely presence
By nyc10010 on 7/8/2004
I have to say, wonderful design and decor. And absolutely wonderful outdoors.
By nycpostergirl on 9/1/2004
Coincidentally, I became a vegan raw foodist 2 weeks before the openeing of Pure Food and Wine. The reasons for my new dedication were medical, however, I was already a cooked vegan. After dining at Pure I realized that I would not only be saved from a life of salad and crudite, but that raw food (if prepared correctly)ROCKS! I have brought many a carnivore as well as several European friends who previously would not have considered ever having a meal without bread - they LOVED it too!
Nice garden area - but Yuck!
By baseballgirl on 9/1/2004
Surely raw spaghetti squash shouldn't cost this much! Eating raw vegetables was okay for about a minute, after that, I felt like I was being taken (and felt a little ill). If you love raw food, you'll like this place. For me, I can't wait until another restaurant moves into this great location.
Inventive dishes...but chew well
By HealingChef on 9/3/2004
Jumping on the raw food bandwagon? Well, chef Matthew Kenney knows what he’s doing. (And I say that coming from LA’s raw foods scene.) THE best service I've had in eons, beautiful presentation (flatware & dishes, too), impressively robust wine selection, airy yet intimate-feeling outdoor patio make this a must-return. If, however, you are allergic to nuts or citrus, you simply cannot eat here. Inventive dishes...but chew well and eat slowly to savor the layered flavors. The spicy Thai lettuce wraps with tamarind chili sauce, red beet ravioli with yellow pepper puree and chocolate genache cake tart are not to be missed.
Bad use of a great space
By GoodEats on 9/12/2004
For all the hype, this restaurant is mediocre at best and way too pricey for what it is.
By daisy on 10/13/2004
Having been recommended Pure Food by a friend and given that it is in my neighborhood, I was keen to try it out. But having read the reviews, I was very skeptical about the whole idea of Pure Food being a little too wacky for my tastes and my initial skepticism was one of nightmares of wheat grass and hard to digest, random, raw vegetables. Not so! The back yard truly is perfect and the comfy banquettes and chairs make it easy to relax. Our server was very nice and understanding of our potentially naive questions regarding how exactly you could make ricotta without dairy products. The food doesn't have that "raw" edge to it. The sushi does indeed work and the Lasagne made of zucchini and heirloom tomatoes is actually really delicious and my friend really liked the soft corn tortillas too. Plus, we had really great wine. The only thing missing: no coffee to sip with our interesting chocolate ganache tart... coffee beans need to be roasted, so alas are banned from the Pure Food & Wine. A fun, exploratory dinner!
Interesting and inventive
By streamwise on 3/21/2005
I'm definitely not a vegan, but I still really like this place. The staff is friendly and quite enthusiastic, and despite what you may imagine, the food is very inventive, beautifully presented, and quite good. Of course you're not going to get vegetables that taste like filet mignon or sauces that are as rich as hollandaise, but its still worth a trip. The portions could be a tad bigger, but they seemed to fill me up nonetheless.
Never thought I'd try it - Now I LOVE IT!!
By Tricia926 on 5/26/2005
Thumbs up to Pure Food and Wine!! - A charming, romantic, fresh environment with awesomely simulated dishes for any taste!!! BEST YET!!
Limited menu, way over priced
By hotbeverage on 12/19/2006
I was expecting more interesting salads on the menu. I also went there not imagining how much they were going to charge for raw veggies and fruit. $5 for a very small pot of tea, and you can expect to pay $14 for any dessert, which was the best part of the meal. Still, it's hard to justify their prices when you know what you're eating. Price tags of $24+ for entrees are usually reserved for dishes containg fish, seafood, and more expensive meats, not zucchini and cucumbers.
made me a believer
By nancycola on 8/20/2007
I was considering veganism when I dragged my friends into Pure Food. We were all amazed at the versatility of the dishes, the beet ravioli. The texture, flavor and color were all beautiful and delicious. The service was friendly and responsive, the decor was comfortable. With these prices and admittedly small portion sizes, I won't be making this a regular hang. But just to see the raw foods possiblilities in this restaurant is really inspiring.
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