Respond to Review of CLOSED: Pure Food and Wine
Review: Day 3 of a raw journey for my girlfriend and I had us visit the legendary Pure Food & Wine. Expensive? Yes, but most of my items were worth the price. The only thing I found outrangeous was the $13 for my soup (which was interesting, to say the least) but I wanted to try something from all three courses, and so the Butternut squash soup it was. On the entree front, I had a corn tamale with a raw BBQ sauce that was otherworldly. My girlfriend had the Chantrelle mushroom dish which was even better than mine. The finale of the night were the desserts, me with the ice cream sundae - hands down the best raw ice cream experience I have yet to gorge myself upon. And she had the flan - not gelatin like, but tasty and just what we needed. The atmosphere is upscale (but not stuffy) as we dressed up, but there were people in jeans, including the wait staff. Surrounded by some of the best restaurants in NYC just north of the East Village, Pure Food & Wine holds its weight with just about any of them. The only drawback was the lack of a juicebar. Every drink had alcohol in it (sake), and only a few could be virgin. The nice part about raw restaurants is the move towards nut shakes and juice drinks. Hopefully PF&W will gravitate towards this. In all, this restaurant remains second to Quintessence in the NYC raw restaurant scene ... but a trip well worth it if money and time permits.