At this elegant restaurant—with one of the nicest garden dining areas in the city—the food is not just vegetarian, it’s vegan and raw. So the “cheeses” are made from fermented nuts, the “pasta” in the lasagna is thin sheets of zucchini, and the breads are made from sprouted grains. Sounds weird, I know, but the meal proceeds a bit like a magic show, as you try each substitution and realize “wow, this works.” I’m a dedicated carnivore, but I don’t miss meat when I come here. Instead I realize that I’ve rarely tasted tomatoes as, well, tomatoey as those in the lasagna here, or “cheeses” as creamy. An experience.
New York City
New York City› Restaurant
Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Place (btw 16th and 17th sts.)
Our Rating Neighborhood The Flatiron District, Union Square & Gramercy Park Hours Daily noon–4pm and 5:30–11pm Transportation Subway: N, Q, R, L, 4, 5, 6 to Union Square Phone 212/477-1010 Prices Main courses $22–$26 Cuisine Type Vegetarian Web site Pure Food and Wine