Vegan Mofo #5: Pure Food and Wine

Vegan Mofo #5: Pure Food and Wine

Although I proclaimed after my last visit to Pure Food and Wine that I’d not soon find justification to paying more than my weekly grocery allowance for a singular meal, you have to treat yourself sometimes. My upcoming birthday, CandyPenny‘s recently past birthday, Foodsparrow‘s return from a brief blogging hiatus, Tim X‘s NC-14 Literary Deathmatch successes, as well as Wok Man‘s continual assimilation into New York City proved to be reason enough to slip on the knee-high boots of man-made material and pretend that the pool of discretionary funds are not bone dry.

Pure Food and Wine is NYC’s high-end raw food eatery. Their tasty seasonal menu of organic fruits & vegetable and ground-nut concoctions are imaginative and flavorful, but, in my humble opinion, not a good value.  (You’re paying a lot for ambiance and funding the ever-growing chain of Pure Food: their take-out and One Lucky Duck, their raw grocery and body shop.)  It is a lovely evening out, however.

Dining with a bunch of bloggers is a lot of fun.  Upon being served our anticipated meals, we all reach for our cameras… the forks looking uselessly on until we manage to do our plates justice given the minimal light.
My dish, the tostada, was a small portion that was difficult to devour in its form. Mushrooms, cabbage, pico de gallo and guacamole.  Not much wow factor.
The zucchini and roma tomato lasagna with basil-pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato sauce and pignoli ricotta: wow.
The true belle of the ball was the $16 Classic Sundae. The best and creamiest vegan ice cream I’ve ever spooned in my mouth topped with chocolate sauce, sweet candied almonds and a dreamy whip with a sliced banana mohawk.
The delicate tiramisu was also heavenly.
Along with the meal, I received a goodiebag of vegan snacks and Luke Skywalker soap.  Who can ask for more?