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Pure Food & Wine, Union Square

Pure Food & Wine, Union Square

Pure Food & Wine is, without a doubt, one of my favorite restaurants. Definitely in the top three, quite possibly at the very top of my list. I recently had lunch here with Sonali, who has been incorporating more vegetarian meals into her diet. I suggested Pure Food & Wine as the garden is a beautiful setting for catching up over a healthy, delicious meal.

Pure Food & Wine, Union Square

The weather was perfect for garden dining. All the dining tables were full, so we sat at one of the lounge tables instead. I actually preferred that as we basically had a private corner all to ourselves. The flowers were a lovely touch. The sangria was a delicious mixture of rose wine, organic fruit, fresh lemonade, and bubbly prosecco.

Pure Food & Wine, Union Square

About halfway through our meal, I spotted Sarma Melngailis at another one of the lounge tables in the garden. She’s the owner of Pure Food & Wine and all things One Lucky Duck, and it was the duck tattoo that tipped me off!

Pure Food & Wine offers raw, vegan cuisine with a fine dining touch. I’ve been here for dinner a few times, but this was my first visit for the three-course prix fixe lunch ($32). Even though the salads are the starter size, they’re quite large! Sonali had the tuscan kale and radicchio salad with red grapes, golden raisins, pine nuts, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, and lemon caper vinaigrette.

Tuscan Kale & Radicchio Salad, Pure Food & Wine

I decided to try their vegan interpretation of a caesar salad. Traditionally, caesar salads include anchovies, but in this case, they use nori for a refreshing, oceany flavor. Romaine lettuce, nori, pumpkin seed macadamia parmesan, lemon, caesar dressing. At first, I thought the yellow flakes were gigantic flakes of nutritional yeast!

Caesar Salad, Pure Food & Wine

This was Sonali’s first visit here, and it was fitting that she ordered the signature lasagna dish. Thinly sliced zucchini and tomatoes with sun-dried tomato sauce, pistachio basil pesto, with pumpkin seed macadamia ricotta. This dish was absolutely fabulous and very satisfying when I had it earlier this year.

Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna, Pure Food & Wine

I ordered the Brazil nut sea vegetable croquettes. It comes with a tartare sauce, local honey sweet chili sauce, wild arugula, and pink pepper on the side. Think of this as a vegan take on a crab cake. The spiciness of the arugula was tasty, especially with the hearty croquettes and rich tartare sauce.

Brazil But Sea Vegetable Croquettes, Pure Food & Wine

I’m always amazed and inspired by the fact that these aren’t just vegan, but raw desserts. Some of the best I’ve had in NYC. I ordered the tiramisu triangle. Rich vanilla cream layered with coffee-sake almond cake. My tiramisu craving has been officially satisfied.

Tiramisu Triangle, Pure Food & Wine

Sonali’s mallomar was perfection on a plate. Chocolate coated pecan cookie with vanilla ice cream. Remind me to order this next time I’m here!

Mallomar, Pure Food & Wine

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    Mitzie Mee
    October 27, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Oh kale, I’ve almost forgot about it, but now I’m in New York, home of the kale-on-every-menu-spirit:) The food looks really delicious and I love the fact that you (almost) always go for dessert too:)

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      wazwu
      October 27, 2014 at 11:55 am

      I have a love hate relationship with kale. It’s delicious, but kinda of boring since it’s everywhere! You should try this place sometime. :)

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