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This place is called Pure Food and Wine and if you’re not careful, you could pass right by it when you’re looking for it. But, keep your eye out, you’ll want to find this place.

It’s a raw vegan restaurant, but don’t rule this place out because it’s raw, you would never know it. In fact, don’t rule out anything before trying it because that’s just stupid.

I came to this place to celebrate some important accomplishment that my cousin, Tracy, was excited about. We only went a few weeks ago but I honestly can’t remember what it was she was celebrating because I was too excited about the deliciousness that I was about to experience.

Tracy was late, as she always seems to be, but it’s fine because she’s insane and kind of a maniac, and so am I and that’s why we are partners in crime. Just so you get the idea, as I was writing this post, she sent me this pic of us from Halloween circa 1990… Not much has changed.

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I’m on the left, Tracy is on the right.

So while I was waiting for 30 minutes by myself, (And as I tried to ignore the “oh, that poor girl” stares of sympathy from the other diners who clearly thought I had been stood up) I snagged a cool pic of the outdoor garden where I was sitting. Love the trees overhead and the little white lights!

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Tracy finally got there. We started with a bottle of some lovely red from Vacqueyras. Not only was it rich in flavor, it was organic. Just spectacular.

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Yum, yum, yum. Now on to the meal.

We shared the Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella served with salsa verde, avocado, cashew coconut sour cream, raw cacao mole. Good god, this was phenomenal. And RAW! So you get all the nutritional benefits of the food, plus amazing flavor.

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Now, we only split one entree because this place is a little pricy, and understandably so, it’s worth every penny. But I’m a poor grad student and Tracy isn’t swimming in a pool of gold coins either, so we scaled it back a bit. Also, we wanted to save room for dessert.

Obviously, we got 2 desserts.

The infamous mint chocolate sundae….

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And the classic sundae…

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Both were seriously to die for. Like I could die, and as long as I eat these sundaes first, I’d be happy.

The mint sundae is chocolate, fresh mint, and mint chip ice creams topped with mint chocolate cookies, chocolate sauce, vanilla cream. I am normally not fan of mint and chocolate, but this may have converted me into a believer.

The classic sundae was by far my fav… vanilla and chocolate ice creams, chocolate and cherry framboise sauces, sliced bananas, candied almonds, vanilla cream. Is there anything better? The almonds were the perfect touch, crunchy sweet and there were TONS of them. This thing was so good that I am contemplating running back there to get another right now.

I would definitely check this place out if I were you. Whether you’re a carnivore or a raw vegan, you’ll love this place. Go when you are hungry and your wallet is a little extra padded, you’ll want to be able yo try as much as you can fit in your tummy.

Check out the menu here. And call (212) 477-1010 for a Rez which I strongly suggest because this place is always crowded.

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