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Raw and the City

July 29, 2009

Charlie and I recently returned from a road trip around the northeastern part of the U.S.  We spent 24 hours in New York City so we could try two of the most talked about raw food restaurants.

Raw Food and Wine

For dinner, we ate at the gourmet Raw Food and Wine with Charlie’s cousin, Michael. We started with a “Plate of Assorted Dr. Cow Tree Nut Cheeses and Rosemary Crisps.” Could hardly believe that it wasn’t dairy cheese… very fancy and tasty. I ordered the Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna which I LOVED. For those of you who have never had raw lasagna, the “noodles” are actually zucchini sliced thinly and the “cheese” is made of pine nuts. Delicious– I don’t miss cooked lasagna at all! Charlie ordered Thai Coconut Curry Noodles which had noodles made from coconut meat and carrots. Michael had Caper Lemon Roasted Chanterelle Mushroom with Truffle Creamed Broccoli. I loved the fancy names of these dishes, and the food was definitely worthy of their names. I think our favorite part was dessert: a Trio of Dark Chocolate Coated Indian Spiced Ice Cream Treats. We all sampled each of the treats: chocolate cardamom coconut ice cream cone, pistachio gelato ice cream sandwich, and chai tea creamsicle. This was probably the most gourmet food I’ve ever eaten, and it was all vegan, raw, and delicious!

raw crepe

raw crepe

Lunch the next day was at Quintessence. We ordered from the brunch menu. My choice was a Banana and Mango Cream Crepe.  (Zesty and velvety mango avocado cream and sliced banana wrapped in a sweet yam golden flax seed crepe, and topped with fresh fruit and vanilla crème.) Charlie chose the Latkes Pancakes w/ Apple Sauce and “Sour Crème.” (These hearty, delightful pancakes are made with sweet potato, walnuts, zucchini, and chopped onion, served with home-made apple sauce and coconut based “sour crème.” ) I am copying and pasting from their menu because I want to share what ingredients made up our meal! We were both very happy with our choices. I’ve been looking for raw crepe recipes and have found a couple that I plan to try out.

Both of these restaurants were in the East Village and were the ones I kept coming across in other raw blogs. I wonder how many other raw and raw-friendly restaurants are in NYC. Atlanta is extremely behind the times here! We’ve got Lov’n It Live in East Point, teeny tiny Life Grocery Café in Marietta, and in town R. Thomas Grill has a few raw choices. Are there others that I don’t know about?

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