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The Live-Food Restaurant You HAVE to Visit in NYC

Foodies, health-conscious individuals, curious contemplators of connected living, do I have a treat for you!

As you may read from my travel blog Travel Fruit Love, I have literally been ‘jetting’ around the US for various reasons…and one of the destinations I found myself in for a period of 4 days was New York!

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I (and my mom who accompanied me) have dreamt about visiting the ‘Big Apple’ for many years now – me mainly to visit Pure Food & Wine, what some would call the BEST live-food restaurant in the US (world even)… And after sampling their menu, I think I’d have to agree.

My mother and I, after having spent the day touring upper-state NY (Times Square, MOMA Art Museum)…

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…took the subway rail down to Chelsea’s square to find One Lucky Duck and Pure Food & Wine (same owner – Sarma!).

After running around the park a bit, we found it. *My heart skips a beat*

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We got right to work looking over the menu. Well, me some, as I’ve had parts of it memorized for a while! (You can view it in completion here)

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My mom and I decided to split a starter, main, and dessert. There was no shock at the prices – this place is well-known for it’s quality and costly food (well-worth it)…  And after many minutes of contemplation, chose what looked best to us!

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For a starter, we ordered the Kale Caesar Roll with Avocado and Pickled Onions. It was a nori roll filled with marinated curly kale with a caesar dressing, pumpkin seed parmesan spread, spicy peppers, and pickled ginger on the side.

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OH MY GOD. I left my body (and almost cried). Dipped in the savory, Shoyu-based dipping sauce, the combo was magical.

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The first bite, both my mom and I were in bliss. PERFECTLY – I repeat – PERFECTLY constructed flavors, well-balanced tastes, delicious textures, and incredible energy filled my mouth with radiant ecstasy. (Not kidding)

THIS is the experience I seek when I create live, plant-based food and consume it myself. BRAVO

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For a main, we chose the Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella.

This entrée had a zesty salsa verde, avocado, cashew coconut sour cream, and a raw mole.

Together, the mole, sour crème, and marinated mushrooms melded into perfection, and – again – was a JOY to eat. I usually don’t get super attached to food, but this was different.

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We scraped our plates clean. And by this time were already incredibly full…

But dessert! The most incredible, to live-for, delectable Mint Sundae with Chocolate Mint Cookies was to come…

This $16 treat (again – SO worth it) had fresh mint, chocolate, and mint-chip ice creams, a creamy chocolate sauce, and fluffy, fluffy vanilla cream.

purefoodwineI don’t do dessert. I have fruit if I want sweet, but shista, this was incredible. The ice cream was FLUFFY! Like, incredibly fluffy and perfectly satisfactory taste-wise.

We both, again, were in heaven. Luckily my mom’s phone rang so I got to finish the last few bites.

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I did think there were waaaay too many mint-chocolate cookies, and would have preferred to have more ice cream (pint, anyone?)… But couldn’t complain after the feast we had been gifted.

Pure Food & Wine is the epitome of what the raw food restaurant industry can offer. They bring living, plant-based food to a whole new level, and it is my personal opinion that if you ever venture to New York, you must try out the food that is offered.

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Also, venture around the corner and sample the ‘to-go’ (lesser expensive) menu at One Lucky Duck (same owner – Sarma) that offers delicious dehydrated goods, shirts (yes – got one!), juices, smoothies, and tasty desserts.

Going to places like this inspires me to be the best at what I do; not in a competitive way with others,, but just giving 100% and sharing the best at all times. How about you?

Leave a Comment! Have you yet visited Pure Food & Wine and experienced a bit of live, nutritious heaven? Do you plan to?!

xoxo

Amanda Froelich

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