Solid and fascinating
I have had the tasting menu at Pure Food and Wine twice, both times were wonderful. I find it fascinating how they are able to make the dishes both flavorful, creative and texturally interesting with what many people might consider a seeminly limited pallette of items from which to select. It is a labor intensive menu which may not be recognized. Some of my friends and colleagues are not interested in trying Pure Food and Wine because it is vegan, but I think everyone should at least try it - I don't know how anyone could be disappointed. The wine choices were perfect and I like that they also serve sake.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
One Visit Will Hook You.
A warm, romantic place with the best garden in the city. The restaurant feels as fresh and new today as it did when it opened. The service staff couldn't be nicer or more competent and the food has my carnivore friends coming back here on their own. This is a kitchen that is producing dishes at the very highest level. Appetizers: order the Squash Blossoms Filled with Picholine Cheese; it is amazing, but hurry as it is seasonal. Entrees: try the Zucchini and Heirloom Tomato Lasagna; a filling dish that has been on the menu since the restaurant opened. Try the Hen of the Woods Tacos al Pastor and the Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales as well. For dessert you will find the Classic Sundae irresistible. I find the whole experience irresistible.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and atmosphere absolutely fantastic. We sat outside in the courtyard which is beautiful at night. The flavours and presentation where brilliant and it's raw & healthy. We had a great night.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience with the family
This was my second time to the restaurant after 2 years. Went with the family and we sat in back yard garden which was beautiful and peaceful. Really enjoyed the dishes. Really enjoyed the Squash blossoms and Papaya salad appetizers. The cocktail was ok - had a hard time finishing it. For the main entree we ordered the zucchini tart, polenta and curried vegetables. I think the restaurant really cares for the food they prepare and its fascinating to see the raw preparations coming.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
great but felt rushed
We enjoyed the outside patio so much, we wanted to linger over some rose and stuffed zucchini blossoms. The waiter was clearly trying to move our table. For my main course which was amazing, ( heirloom tomato lasagne) the bus boy came over and tried to take my dish from me as I was resting.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place has a special place in my heart. The food is so good for you and so delicious. It also wonderful outdoor seating and the indoors has a romantic feel.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love New York
I was up in New York for the day and stopped here with a friend for lunch! Best lunch I have had in a long time! The food was fabulous and our waiter was great! Doesn't hurt that the weather was perfect!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great experience
Many raw food restaurants serve very small portions. Not this one. The salad was huge. I would recommend getting a salad a splitting it and then an entree.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
During the warmer months the outdoor patio more than triples the size of the restaurant and it is absolutely charming. The food is always unique and delicious - hard to believe it is raw vegan - the complexity of the dishes is just incredible. I always love the tamales but you really can't go wrong!
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
My New Favorite Vegan restaurant
Love the Spicy Thai lettuce wraps, chocolate waffles, parfait, and the taco salad. Did not like the love potion Kambucha. It tasted like beer and cigarette. Some of the salad dressings are a bit bland. Like the one used in the falafel toubaleh.
I'm looking forward to going back very soon to try the ice cream sundae. My only real complaint is that they haven't open a restaurant on the upper west side.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Extremely loud and crowded
food was outstanding. Though, lots of nuts were used in the recipes and I was a bit messed up the next couple days. Overall good experience.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spent my 25th birthday with
Spent my 25th birthday with my boyfriend at this place. The organic cocktails was so good, not that sweet as other bars can make it. We got alot of food and were deffinitly not hungry aterwards. The dessert with cocobanana icecream was delicious. Helpfull and kindly service.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favorite Restaurant in NYC
Pure Food & Wine never ceases to amaze and impress. Each and every dish - from the amuse bouche to the delectable desserts - is indescribably delicious! Raw, vegan, or omnivore, if you love incredible food with combinations you never thought possible, plated in the most beautiful ways, this is the place for you. Do try to leave room for desserts - they are my favorite part - the mint chocolate sundae is a super-wow for anyone - quite possibly the best dessert ever made!
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely loved the food
Absolutely loved the food and atmosphere. Great food!!!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Clean eating at its finest
Knowledgable staff. Great presentation
Highly recommend it
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not a vegan, but I love this place.
Truly seasonal and incredibly fresh, this restaurant never fails to please. Although I am a meat and potatoes kind of girl, I love the food here. It's delicious food that just happens to be raw vegan. Nothing bizarre or imitation like tofu burgers. Everything is beautifully plated as well. Fantastic and very knowledgeable staff. By far the best vegan restaurant in the city.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We could not be more pleased with our dining experiences at Pure Food and Wine... We will go back again and again...
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Already planning my next visit
We chose Pure Food & Wine for our friend who follows a vegan life style. Vegan or not, this place is exceeded all expectations. From the service to the food, I have not one thing to complain about. Every was extremely friend - we stayed at our table for quite some time and our waitress told us to feel free to hang out at our table even after the check was paid.
We all got different plates to share and everything was delicious - I had the tamales and my god, they were so good down to the presentation. I also recommend getting the stuffed squash flowers. This is a good choice for anyone who just loves good food.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend's 40th
I called ahead to advise that my best friend was celebrating her 40th Birthday. The waitress brought over a complimentary appetizer for the table and a complimentary dessert. The birthday girl's dessert had a candle in it which made for a very special occassion. This restaurant really pays attention to detail. The concept of vegan non-cooked food has been taken to a whole new level. Great atmosphere in the outdoor space. A truly exceptional dining experience.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am not vegan or vegetarian,
I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I thoroughly enjoyed Pure Food and Wine. Very innovative and you leave feeling healthy!
10/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
If you want food that's special and will surprise and delight you with every bite, you've found your restaurant. The cashew-corn tamales are to die for. I dream about them.
10/8/2013 5:00:00 PM
Raw is the way
If you love food and you love life. This Restaurant is for you. If I lived in New York I would eat here everyday. The food is so good. I have been a vegan for a few years and played with being raw. But this place makes it so easy and so delicious. A must for everyone who wants to feel better and more alive.
Keep up the good work and I will be back next time I am in NYC for sure
10/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
A nice treat
I own Sarnia's book and have made a few recipes and wanted to go to the original place. We had the tasting menu and it was great, however too much food. Wine selection was pretty much all organic and reasonably priced. If in NYC again will definitely try to visit.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Heaven for Vegans
Although I would recommend Pure to non vegans as well, for a vegan to have a menu so extensive and interesting is heaven. The Mediterranean salad had a dressing that made me want to lick the plate and the main courses were delicious and beautifully presented. Of course desserts were amazing as well. Sit in the garden if the weather allows.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lovely, tasty and imaginative food served in a great location off Union Square. One of very few good restaurants where we can have dinner with friends who keep kosher and enjoy upscale contemporary cuisine.
10/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding! A must-try.
Amazing place. The exquisitely-prepared food leaves you sated and energized instead of tired and bloated. Everything tastes vibrant and is super-healthy. Gorgeous place inside and out with a friendly and helpful staff. The filtered water is a nice touch too. I make sure to stop here every time I visit NYC. Wish we had this in Boston!
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Healthy & Perfect
This was healthy and perfect for lunch. We could have had a quick lunch, or sit and chat for hours. This was my first visit at lunch (although I had eaten/drank there for dinner) and I was impressed. Inhouse home-made kombucha was great. My salad was exciting and filling. Everything looked and tasted lush. The staff was knowledgeable, swift, kind, and ready when you needed them.
10/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Despite the fact that I seriously enjoy meat and seafood, I am a huge fan of Pure. First off, our waiter, Greg, was fantastic in that he was so knowledgeable and passionate. I gave him two choices for my entree and two for my dessert and told him to surprise me. He chose the curried vegetables for my entree and I had to move it further away from my girlfriend because she wouldn't stop eating it. She is a creature of habit and always has the tamales when she visits, and it is understandable because I was glad when she got full and let me finish hers. For dessert, Greg chose the lemongrass mousse cake which was simply amazing. One of the best desserts I've ever had. Can't forget the sake mojito either, delish.
10/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Creative and fresh
The food is always very fresh, however it maybe time to change up the entrees. Some the dishes have been flag ship items almost too long.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great kale salad
Very good raw food ; star of the show was the kale salads
10/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
My favorite go-to place
Please don't come too often, because I don't want it to get too crowded.
The food is magical and guests always have a good time.
10/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
A real gem for ALL, not just Veg's.
You don't need to be a raw vegan, vegetarian, or anything special to thoroughly enjoy the food at this neighborhood gem. Exquisite cuisine, beautiful presentation, lovely service in a warm, inviting decor. For those on the run who don't have the time to sit down, they have a take-out shop just around the corner from the main entrance; it's called One Lucky Duck. Same kitchen, same foods, ready to go.
10/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic--just don't order polenta
My friend and I ordered the "Philadelphia roll" as our appetizer--good for sharing and the dipping sauce was finger-licking good. For our entrees, I ordered the tacos which were amazing!!! However, my friend ordered one of the waiter's favorites--the cauliflower/polenta dish. We found that neither of us particularly liked this dish; instead of the polenta being rich and flavorful as we were both accustomed to, the polenta tasted more like grass. However, the dessert more than made up for the one failed dish--my friend and I couldn't get enough of the chocolate peanut butter "cheesecake" we ordered and neither of us are vegan.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Raw vegan masterpieces
Wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the 5-course tasting menu. Each dish was spectacular and seemed to be made particularly for each of us. Delicious dining experience and wine list is very nice.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was really really delicious! We ordered the sushi, tacos, and lasagna and they were really tasty and very fresh. I think the lasagna's the best out of the 3 dishes. And don't forget the desserts! The service was a tad slow though - our waiter looked like he was sleep walking but he's pleasant enough. Definitely make a reservation if you plan on going, just to make sure you get to dine there. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, felt full and satisfied yet not "heavy".
We'll be back for more very soon!
10/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
excellent raw and vegan food
excellent raw and vegan food - a great experience even for meat eaters.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great vegetarian restaurant
This is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant in heart of midtown. It is romantic, terrific bar and the food is wonderful. My husband and I are not vegetarians, but we went on a recommendation from a friend. And it is very well worth it.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Raw Fine Dining
Love Sarma's seasonal treats, and the prix-fixe lunch three course meal is a deal.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Out of Control!
It is not even normal the things these chefs can do! It is simply food art. If you are not vegan and have no interest in being healthy, I bet you Pure will still manage to impress. Go eat at Pure!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very good. Interesting favors
Very good. Interesting favors and wine pairing research would be fun.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vegan for Carnivores
I am not vegan, but the girl I was taking on a date is. I wanted to compromise and found Pure. To begin, the place had a nice wine list and all at very reasonable prices, for NYC that is. The food was also exceptional. I didn't feel like I was compromising anything by not having access to meat, at a very basic level, but also other staples such as eggs and other binding ingredients. Food was fresh and flavorful. Dessert in particular, and I could not even tell that the Chocolate sorbet they placed on top of their Vegan cake was vegan. The service was ver nice, and my date and I ended up sitting in a smaller dinning room in the back, which was quiet. The front of the restaurant was full of people, also loud, but not overwhelming loud.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food. We did the Prix fixed lunch so we got to try a few different things. Everything was amazing (salads, Brazil nut croquettes, lasagna, mallomar and tiramisu). Everything was amazing.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was outstanding. I'm not a vegetarian not do I eat a Gluten free diet, I was going there mostly for the benefit of the friend I went with....but I was amazed how delicious everything was....especially the fact that nothing was cooked. You really taste the fresh flavors, nicely blended spices and varied texures.. Waiter very helpful and accommodatng. My only complaint was they have the tables squished together, and it's very noisy. Difficult to talk. For a better dining experience, they should think about sound proofing (ceiling tiiles, wall panels) and taking out a few tables to make it roomier.
But, back to the food---- Days later I kept thinking about how tasty everything was....can't wait to go back.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Terrific meal served by a friendly and knowledgable staff.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best vegan ice cream on the planet
For the past 7+ years, I've made a point of dining at Pure Food & Wine each time I visit New York. The food is consistently imaginative and will satisfy any food snob, and the mint sundae remains the single greatest vegan dessert I've ever enjoyed. Friends who had no idea that everything on the menu was raw were speechless at the revelation. Highly recommended.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for the stomach
My guest and I had a wonderful meal. The tamales were amazing. The salads that we eat was so light and tasteful the dessert was out of this world by guest said they had the chocolate and peanut butter item for dessert. Environment is very comfortable. Not rush to go. Overall its a place that you can enjoy for any event. Kudos
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great dining experience!!
Excellent food,, excellent service , great ambience,, must go back!!!!!!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
For vegans or those with egg/dairy intolerance or allergies this is heaven. For once there are delicious and adventuresome options! We could choose anything on the menu! We nearly wept with joy. I also think non vegans would find the menu tantalizing. All we can say is thank you thank you! And what a gracious and passionate staff. I have not been so satisfied overall in many years.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is always a pleasure coming to this place, as time goes by we are turning more towards vegan food and this is just another level!!!!
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
best veg restaurant in nyc!
hands down, best veggie restaurant. it's a little pricey, so I save it for special occasions, but worth the price when I go! I recommend the zucchini lasagne. and the tasting menu is divine. and the wine, oh...the wine!! went here for thanksgiving last year and it was WAYYY better than eating 5 portions of stuffing and rolling my way home from my grandparents house. yay, pure!!
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM