As I was planning our trip to NYC I knew we had to visit our favorite gluten-free restaurants and bistros. But I also wanted to try some new places. After learning through April in the Raw just how delicious raw food meals could be, I wanted to try an all raw restaurant. I had seen a great review of Pure Food and Wine by the Pure2Raw Twins, but when I emailed Gena of Choosing Raw for a recommendation, she gave none other than Pure Food and Wine.
I was sold.
The most incredible food experience of our trip by far was lunch at Pure Food and Wine with its raw vegan menu of artistically created meals made from organic vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Nothing is ever heated above 118 degrees in keeping with raw food standards. And every single item I tasted blew my mind. Plus, the ambiance was heavenly.
A little oasis from the craziness of the city streets, Pure Food and Wine provides open air dining on the front porch, indoors, or in the elegant private back garden.
I would have been happy to dine in any of their cozy corners, but I was thrilled when they seated us in the back courtyard. Enjoying the summer breezes under the shade of an umbrella, I perused the menu that I had been waiting for so long to hold in my hands.
I am a girl of contrasts. From this breakfast at Bloom’s earlier that morning to the lunch I’m about to show you, my tastes seem to run the gamut. But this experience left me with an amazingly healthy feeling, incredible memories, and a longing to return soon.
Not everything on their menu is gluten-free. They use nama shoyu in some of their dishes, an unpasteurized soy sauce which contains trace amounts of gluten. But everything that is gluten-free was clearly marked as such, so it was very easy to find something safe and delicious to eat.
We leisurely sipped our drinks while planning our order. It was incredibly hard since everything looked so fresh and delicious. One bite of each, please?
The Husband enjoyed the sangria.
While the mimosa kept me grinning.
To start, I had the Mediterranean salad with arugula, kale, kalamata olives, tomatoes, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, tossed with balsamic vinaigrette. I believe it was the most flavor-packed salad I’ve ever enjoyed. The salad was HUGE, and I believe I ate every last bite.
The Husband ordered the Tortilla Wraps with spicy sun-dried tomato filling, corn cilantro guacamole, tomato-lime salsa, and cashew sour cream. These were not gluten-free, but based on the fact that the Husband thoroughly enjoyed his first 100% raw meal, I can assure you it was delicious. (I may even remember a commitment to invest in a dehydrator after he tasted those wraps! Woo hoo!)
I ordered the Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna with sun-dried tomato sauce, pistachio basil pesto, and pumpkin seed macadamia ricotta. It took me so long to take the first bite, and not just because I had to take a zillion pictures first. I didn’t want to destroy the beauty of the presentation. I also didn’t feel any need to dive in. I could take as long as I wanted as there was no fear of my food getting cold. It was a raw lasagna. When I finally began, I ate slowly and mindfully, not wanting this meal to end. With each bite different flavors were more pronounced.
If we were at any other restaurant I wouldn’t have wanted to order dessert. Anything sugary would have ruined that contented feeling after such a beautiful, healthy meal. But this was a raw restaurant, and the desserts would not contain white sugar which would lead to a blood sugar spike and regret.
I chose the Tiramisu made with vanilla cream layered with coffee-sake almond cake. I am not usually a tiramisu fan, but when I asked the waitress which dessert was her favorite, she pointed me toward this dessert. I’ve learned to listen to the experts.
And I’m so glad that I followed her guidance. It was the best tiramisu I’ve ever had.
The Husband ordered a simple Orreo cookie, and I could tell that he was skeptical until it arrived. It was beautiful, and one bite sealed the deal.
Lunch at Pure Food and Wine was definitely the highlight of our trip to New York City. If we lived in the City we’d definitely have to work this restaurant into our monthly budget. It’s not cheap, but with the flavors, pure food, and beautiful moments it’s worth every dollar.