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Quintessence, East Village

Green Juice, Raw Vegan Seaweed Salad, Quintessence

Since I recently revisited Rockin’ Raw, it seemed fitting to revisit Quintessence too before I leave NYC. The former is in Greenwich Village, while the latter is in East Village. They’re both cute, cozy restaurants serving raw vegan food, but their flavors and atmosphere are pretty different. Quintessence is more of a spa-food, zen-like oasis escape.

I met up with plant-based blogger Food Marshall for lunch at Quintessence on the first real summer day of the year. I foolishly wore jeans that day, which made the walk from the subway not so enjoyable. However, a raw vegan lunch complete with fresh green juice was the perfect way to cool down and refuel. Here’s what we had:

Raw Vegan Chipotle Roll, Quintessence

The chipotle cheese roll ($7) is one of their specialties. There’s a smoky southern spiciness to it, but you’ve got the cucumber, peppers, avocado and lettuce to cool things down. Nice creaminess from the cashew cream cheese. Nicely presented, but it doesn’t hold together that well. It got pretty messy and had to be eaten with a fork.

Raw Vegan Seaweed Salad, Quintessence

My favorite of the three dishes we ordered was the seaweed salad special. A giant mountain of seaweed topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, sesame seeds, and a creamy (tahini?) dressing. In the past, I’ve felt that some of Quintessence’s dishes are too heavy on the sauce. Not the case with this salad though. It looks like a lot of dressing, but it’s perfect with the seaweed and veggies. Refreshing and satisfying.

The tostada ($7) comes with a chili sauce, but it wasn’t necessary as the pickled jalapeños were plenty spicy for me. The walnut and coconut based “meat” offered nice texture and was the best part of this dish. The crunchy golden flax tortilla shell was good with the toppings, but wasn’t as appealing as other raw crackers I’ve had.

Raw Vegan Tostada, Quintessence

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    sileas
    July 6, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Unfortunately I never checked out any vegan spots in NYC but this looks really delicious! I bet it’s just right on a hot day!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      July 7, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      I could never do raw vegan food in the wintertime, but it’s so perfect for summer. Great way to consume extra veggies and fruit!

  • Reply
    jewels
    July 7, 2016 at 5:21 am

    That totally looks delicious – will have to give vegan food a go next time I’m in the city..!

    I wear jeans all the time here in Sing now, at first I could not fathom it!

    • Reply
      wazwu
      July 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      If you want any vegan recs in NYC, let me know. The vegan food scene there is growing!

      Haha, last time I visited SG, I couldn’t even wear denim shorts. The heat, the humidity! Argh.

  • Reply
    Mitzie Mee
    July 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    So this was your last vegan meal in New York? It looks delicious, especially with the sauce:) I thought I wanted to have a bowl of vegetable ramen for you in Tokyo, but I was surprised to see that Ippudo doesn’t serve the veggie version over here.

    • Reply
      wazwu
      July 8, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      This was actually from mid-May. That’s how far behind on posts I am. :P My last vegan meal at a restaurant in NYC was at Peacefood Cafe, but I didn’t bring my camera with me. The iPhone pics just aren’t good enough for a full write up.

      Aww, that’s too bad! I would assume that Tokyo would do a good veggie option.

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        Mitzie Mee
        July 11, 2016 at 6:26 am

        I think Tokyo is even more behind than Denmark when it comes to vegetarian options. When I told my Japanese friends that Ippudo in New York serves vegetarian ramen they just laughed. They didn’t believe me:):)

        • Reply
          wazwu
          July 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

          Haha, someday both places will get caught up on the veggie scene! *fingers crossed*

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