Friday, August 6, 2010



Last night I finally went to Pure restaurant in Grammercy Park which describes itself as:

Pure Food and Wine's raw vegan menu is entirely plant based and does not use any processed ingredients. Nothing is heated above approximately 118 degrees in order to preserve vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Everyone always imagines a menu of just salads, but it's much more than that.

Although it is certainly not the cheapest vegan restaurant in NYC, I am going to say that it is close to becoming my favorite.

By coincidence there was a going away party for a colleague next door at Cibar on Irving Place. After my friend met me there we went next door to Pure and sat out in the garden which was beautiful. I had not seen my friend in a year so it was great to see her, and catch up. We were sitting next to a group of women in the corner, and the lady next to me was quite beautiful. My friend informed me later it was Shania Twain!

The meal was fantastic! My appetizer was the nuri rolls which were amazing, and my entree was Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella: salsa verde, cashew coconut sour cream, avocado, raw cacao mole. She had the heirloom tomato and watermelon tartare and stuffed squash blossoms with cashew cheese, heirloom tomatoes and olive tapendade.

I am a huge fan of Pure now!


Randy said...

Okay Terry, I am now adding "Pure" to my list for my next NYC visit. Sheila and I will have to extend our stay for a few days to keep up though....

Vegan Epicurean said...

What, no food porn pics? Just kidding. ;-)

Sounds like you really enjoyed it. Darn I wish I lived closer. I would love to check it out soon.

hope you have a good weekend,

Anonymous said...

That sounds delicious!

I read that Bill Clinton went on a vegan diet to lose weight for Chelsea's wedding. He did look relatively slim and healthy in the wedding photos. I wonder if it was just a crash diet to look good in photos or if he has found a healthier life style. Since he has had heart problems, I hope for his sake that he is eating healthy at least part of the time now. Chelsea is supposed to be vegetarian.


Terrence said...

Yes, I heard that or that he did the cabbage soup diet. I think it is great when high profile people do lose weight healthfully (and not with surgery), but it encourages people to eat better.

You have a Carnie Wilson, Al Roker, and Star Jones losing weight with surgery - some people can think, "Well, if it gets too bad, and I get the money, I'll just have surgery too." But their attitudes about healthy and eating might not necessarily change and think gastro bypass is like getting a nose job. I think Carnie Wilson is a good indicator of that - she lost a ton of weight from surgery, but she kept her terrible eating habits and gained it back.

When losing weight naturally, there is more of an understanding of what makes us fat, and what makes us skinny.

So, it is good to see celebrities in the news losing weight by changing their diet and exercise - Clinton, but also John Goodman, and Drew Carey.