Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pure Food and Wine in New York, New York

Before I even start this post, I just want you to know that Pure is Ben and my favorite #1 restaurant of ALL TIME. Seriously, it is amazing. If you are ever in New York, you HAVE TO GO.

Ok, so, Pure is this fantastic vegan restaurant in New York that I just realized was 100% raw. When I read that on their restaurant Ben and I looked at each other and were like "how is that even possible?" Neither of us even knew. We knew it was kind of mostly raw, but neither of us suspected it was all raw. That is just a tribute to Pure's amazing, beautiful, lovely chefs.

Anyway, Ben and I went to Pure while we were in New York and got the 5-course chef's tasting menu as well as the Dr. Cow's cheese plate (I really wanted to try it). What we didn't realize is that when they said 5-course they meant just five types of courses, not five dishes. We were brought plate after plate in what seemed like an endless array of tantalizing dishes, each more extraordinary than the last. It was a seriously awesome dining experience and worth every penny. But enough talking! Here are pictures and descriptions of everything we got. Most of it wasn't on the menu (for those of you that don't know, when you get the chef's tasting menu the chef just kind of comes up with dishes for you) I kind of wrote my own descriptions from what I remember.

Nori kimchi wrap
Plate of assorted cultured Dr. Cow Tree Nut cheeses and rosemary crisps with a palate-cleansing mustard green and parsley salad and a piece of honeycomb
Apple and blue cheese salad with pecan brittle on top
Cherry and walnut salad with endive, coconut bacon, and a buttercream dressing
Avocado soup topped with marinated radishes and chili powder
Pad thai with kelp noodles, baby bok choy, snow peas, king oyster mushrooms, tamarind sauce, sesame salted cashews, cilantro oil
Spanikopita with spinach, almond feta, cucumber yogurt and grape leaf wraps
Sweet corn and cashew tamales with chili spiced portabella, salsa verde, cashew coconut sour cream, avocado, raw cacao mole
Wilted collard greens, sweet corn polenta, some kind of salsa thing
Palate-cleansing coconut sorbet
Chocolate mousse in a hard chocolate shell, chocolate cake and chunks of passion fruit, passion fruit ice cream
Pumpkin pie with shortbread crust and a cream topping with pecan brittle, caramel drizzle and beer ice cream

Pure gets, without a doubt, a 5/5. The food was amazing, and it makes it even more amazing that it was all RAW! The prices are a bit high, but for what you get I think it's definitely worth it.

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