Interesting, But A Little Precious and Overpriced
Posted on 11 / 03 / 2008
If you're into raw food, you should try PFW at least once. It's very expensive, and you need to make reservations (or better yet, check their website, you can reserve online), particularly on a nice day or weekends.
The menu isn't huge, but the dishes are quite exotic. It's lacto-vegetarian and they use honey, but they have a few vegan dishes. When we went, they ran out of two of the main courses, unfortunately the two we wanted. The portions are small: think trendy California, model-thin servings. If you want food you can sink your teeth into, this probably isn't the place for you.
Perhaps it was just chance, but all but one of the dishes we ordered were very mushroom-heavy. We love mushrooms, so that wasn't an issue, but it was a little strange that there were so few dishes with leaves and green produce; maybe it's a seasonal thing. They used shaved truffles in one of this dishes, which was wonderful. The nut cheese appetizer is excellent as well.
As we were leaving, the hostess was very apologetic about the long wait time to be seated and that they ran out of two of the main courses. She was very friendly, as were the other staff members, so that made up for the expense and small portions. All in all, we'd probably go back one more time, but probably only if we knew someone who really wanted to try it. It won't become a regular choice for us compared to Blossom, Candle 79 or the myriad of other vegan-friendly or vegan restaurants in NYC.
If you love raw food, check it out.
Fresh Ingredients, Interesting Dishes, Friendly Staff
Very Expensive, Tiny Portions, Long Wait to be Seated