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Rockin' Raw

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 17 reviews )
Contact 212-477-3777

171 Sullivan St (at Greenwich Village, Manhattan), New York City, New York, USA, 10012

Relocated from Brooklyn in 2012, this Peruvian Creole cafe offers mostly raw food with a few lightly cooked dishes. Food is vegan (no longer using honey as of 2014). Open Mon 12:00pm-9:00pm, Wed 12:00pm-9:00pm, Thu 12:00pm-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Organic, Raw, Take-out, Peruvian, Creole

Reviews (17)

First Review by Z

Nice - Edit

We had dinner here. We ordered Tacu tacu (rice and beans), Jambalaya, Cheezy Burrito, and a potato appetizer. We enjoyed the food, especially the jambalaya. The cuisine was well worth exploring. Service was great. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

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Raw Peruvian Loveliness - Edit

It is not always easy to make unique raw vegan dishes, but Rockin' Raw does a pretty good job with it!

First, the menu is extensive and diverse. It has some salads and classic smoothies, but it also has unique blends to the traditional zucchini pasta. Love it. Love it. My only gripe is that there is too much to try!

Definitely go for any pasta dish- so good. Zucchini noodles are freshly inventive here- not just some blah yawn sauce! Love it!

The desserts are alright- go for ice cream anything. I am not the biggest fan of the oat-based items, but, still decent.

The best deals are lasagna and brunch. Drool. I cannot wait to go again! So much deliciousness. They love sauces, sun dried tomatoes and avocado, as well as nutritional yeast. Some items can be a bit salty, but portions are great and water helps to assuage the additional saltiness.

The menu is amazing in so many ways. Just go!

Pros: Vegan!, Raw!, Portions!

Cons: Too far from me, Too many choices

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Eclectic raw food in Greenwich Village - Edit

You always have to respect a place that's not just doing vegan, but raw vegan. It's not inexpensive, and you really have to master the tastes and flavors, or the dishes can fall flat and be hard to eat. Rockin Raw is one of these great places - definitely an acquired taste and not for everyone, but very solid raw food.

Ambiance is great - very cute tiny place with some nice background music. Waitstaff was very friendly. We were served very fast but never felt rushed - my favorite.

We started with the Jalapeño Poppers - this is something I rarely get to have due to not eating fried food. Theirs are quite cheesy! Again, definitely raw, so you expect it to not taste identical to its frozen/fake cheese equal that you'd buy in the freezer section of a grocery store. Do a nice job of putting some breading around the outside of the jalapeño as well - they definitely had some good heat to them! For our entrees, my boyfriend got the special - Chile Relleno, he loved it! It was actually quite similar to the appetizer, but with a mix of flavors based on the filling. He recommended it. I had the lasagna, the sunflower cheese had a nice tang to it and the piece was full of veggies! A nice mix of flavors and one you can really feel good about given all the veggies and nut-based cheese. For dessert we split two pieces - the ice cream sandwich and mocha cheesecake. Both had great flavor - the ice cream sandwich they also doused in chocolate sauce for us, so it felt quite indulgent! Of note, the ice cream felt more like a cool whip texture than ice cream, but still very tasty. The mocha cheesecake really stood out with a nice coffee flavor. Love the large variety of desserts this place has to offer.

Definitely recommend if you're into raw food. Would like to go back to try the salads, which I've heard are also good. We left full but not too stuffed.

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F*ck yes! - Edit

Omfg this place is amazing and I am only through my appetizer at this point! It was amazing and I would come back foe that alone! It's quite and quaint and I feel like a sultan being able to order whatever I want from the menu knowing it's vegan!

Pros: quiet, delicious , quaintly

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SO GOOD. - Edit

Um, all organic, gluten-free vegan? Yes, please! Started with the Fully Loaded Nachos (light and tasty), then had the Jambalaya (spicy and filling) and Spicy Mexican Cauliflower "Rice" (light and spicy). Sense a theme? Plus, a delicious Red Velvet cookie for dessert. Yes to all of this. Yes, yes, yes!

Pros: Everything.

Cons: Small restaurant. Less than 10 tables.

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Good raw food. Not very Peruvian. - Edit

This is a good vegan raw place. The people are nice and the place is clean and comfortable, but, since I specifically went for the Ceviche and the Tallarines a la Huancaina, I would just say that the dishes were edible, but there is no chance whoever makes it or developed the recipes is Peruvian. No chance.

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Heavenly and Hearty - Edit

I ate in the beautiful back garden and enjoyed everything. I tried the Tacu Tacu, Tallereinas ala huancaina, a ginger smoothies and, my personal favorite, the mushroom ceviche.

Such fresh, flavorful food and incredibly filling. I can't wait to go back to NY to eat more Rockin' Raw!

Pros: Creative menu, Healthy, Charming garden

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Love Love Love! - Edit

I was in NYC for a long weekend and Rockin' Raw was the first restaurant I went to. I was staying in the city, but the restaurant was so easy to get to (just three stops from Union Square on the L). The food was delicious, especially the parsnip apple soup, but the desserts were pretty much the best raw desserts I've ever had!!! They were so good that I came back to Rockin' Raw again before I left. My favorite part is that their desserts are not sweetened with agave, which I avoid, so I was able to have any of the desserts I wanted, which was a dream come true. I highly recommend this place and can't wait to be back in New York to go again! I also had the same waiter both times, who was wonderful and super helpful with the menu and making suggestions.

Pros: Desserts with no agave, Convenient location, Outdoor seating

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A Gem of a Neighborhood Restaurant - Edit

This may not quite be a destination restaurant in your mind, but I would strongly recommend you make the trip to this excellent, intimate, original, creative restaurant. You will not be disappointed. A combination of Peruvian and vegan and raw and partly organic! Wow, that is just too much, even for NY! The menu has many starters and small plates and sides, so if you are a small group, you can try a number of items as I did. Everything was fresh, creative, flavorful and wholesome. They also have limited alcoholic items, and in particular the sangria is pretty good. The sole waitress was excellent, all smiles and informative. I went all the way from Jersey City, NJ, and it was worth every mile to drive out to this cute place in a charming neighborhood of BRooklyn.

Pros: Original, Healthy, Flavorful

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Amazing nachos and yummy cakes - Edit

We went here twice on our trip to New York. It's a lovely small-ish restaurant which had live music (guitars) the first time we where there. There are lots of Peruvian dishes made raw. We had the nachos to start which where amazing and so much like the cooked version with melted cheese and sour cream. For mains we had the Tacu Tacu a Peruvian dish complete with 'fried egg' which we just had to try and a burrito. We where so impressed by the Nachos that we went back there on our last day in New York and had a portion each, then burger and pasta sat in the sunny back garden. Very friendly staff, amazing nachos and yummy yummy cakes!!

Pros: nachos & cake, nachos & cake, nachos & cake

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Not too good - Edit

The decor is nice and the location is convenient but the food was hard to eat. We ordered the gumbo and the po boy and would not order again. It's also pricey for what it is. The food lacks the creativity of other raw places.
Updated from previous review on Thursday February 24, 2011

Pros: location, ambiance

Cons: food, price

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absolutely Amazing - Edit

Me and a friend came in this restaurant because we wanted to try something new in town. She is not vegan nor vegetarian, and even she liked the raw food meals. She had a vegetable pasta with raw tomato sauce and me the little raw pizza's with a lot of fresh vegetables toppings. It was amazing good and satisfying. Well done!

Pros: the food, the service, the deco

Cons: pricy, but that's raw food

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Rawesome! - Edit

Rapturous Bliss! My friend was in town (clearly the right part!) and after a hard day of bike polo playing (on his behalf) and berry noshing in Union Square(me) we decided to venture further into the hardened streets of Brooklyn to allow my pipe dreams to go to fruition. I've been dreaming of the day I would unite with this establishment. I could only imagine how much of the food people could see because of the somewhat crepuscular lighting inside. No one was outside due to the possible inclement weather, but the patio lured us with its idyllic and halcyon ambiance. The mosquitoes seem to enjoy raw food (us) :P They gave us a bottle of water and I'm certain it was filtered. It was greatly appreciated because we were rather dehydrated.
We wanted to order a milkshake but they all had agave in them and I don't consume any sweeteners. The waiter seemed slightly vexed by our inquiries. We got the King Oyster Mushroom Po' Boy Sandwich and the Rockin' Raw Burger Platter. The burger was phenomenal, it was like I was transported to dali's surreality. I was nearly levitating in bliss, the flavors possessed so much zest and zapped away the vapidity and insipid blandness of plain salad leaves. It was the physical manifestation of an orgasm, I swear it. An amalagation of love and lust. It came with nawlin rings and southern greens. My one gripe is that I asked if there were tomatoes in it. Not because I don't like them, but because I am rather allergic. Unfortunately, I think due to the agave questions, the waiter assumed it was based on preference. He left them off the burger, but I'm Pretty sure everything else in the dish had a tomato involved! The sandwich was alright, we were so much more in love with the burger though. Perhaps anything in comparison to it is a subpar mistress. We vowed to return for their brunch prix fix (can you say zucchini eggs and kale chips omg yum) but it remains a mere fantasy for now. ( I will come back for you, my darling!)I read that the ingredients are as organic and local as possible, so the price is reasonable, but it's great for a splurge! Delectable treat... stop reading, salivating, and go visit! :D

Pros: Delicious, Good Value

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Vegan, Raw - Edit

I read that Rockin' Raw is Vegetarian. It is owerwhelmingly vegan and raw. The atmosphere is lovely, with mood lighting, art on the walls, candles, fresh flowers, and wine on the menu. A youthful, happy vibe can be felt throughout. This is definitely a place where you could go for a date. They also have reasonably priced lunch specials. Dishes are moderately priced with a rather eclectic menu. The owner and staff are friendly and available to answer questions/share information. The dishes and desserts are quite impressive and inventive. Fare of New Orleans and Peru are highlighted here. Definitely worth the hike out to Williamsburg for good, raw fare.

Pros: Inventive menu, Close to Subway, Atmosphere

Cons: Portions could be larger

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Ambiance Nice Food So So - Edit

In from DC, visited Rockin' Raw. Decor, service is great. Food is a little over priced for portion size. Purchased Louisiana Gumbo -so, so would not recommend, Lasagna -have had better raw lasagna for less, Banana Bread -- not worth the price, Lucuma Cheesecake --rich has potential. If you want ambiance and atmosphere great place. If you want a pleasing meal for the price you will pay-- not that great.

Pros: ambiance, decor, friendly staff

Cons: food not up to par

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