No trip to NYC is complete without a culinary adventure. The city is packed with delicious restaurants that could satisfy almost any discerning palette.
The first stop on my foodie tour this time around was for some lunch. I *always* manage to have some type of sushi when I’m visiting NYC and this time was no different. Well, I suppose it was slightly different.
I was walking down the street looking for a place called Beyond Sushi that I had discovered through the Yelp app on my phone. I like sushi so obviously I would love anything beyond, right? When I finally found the address I was greeted with this little gem of a sign above and immediately I was skeptical.
Beyond Sushi is a small little nugget of a restaurant with just 12 high top seats. I was there about 1p on a Thursday and all but 3 seats were taken. Obviously popular with the locals!
When I walked in I was greeted by a really friendly guy at the counter. I instantly thought that he looked familiar and thought maybe I knew he from college or something like that. Uh no. The executive chef of this joint is none other than one of this season’s Hell’s Kitchen finalists, Guy Vaknin. The power of google on an iphone while waiting for food folks.
I ended up ordering a combo of 2 rolls with 2 pieces.
Pickle Me six grain rice, gobo – carrot, pickled daikon – avocado. carrot ginger sauce on the top.
Spicy Mang black rice, avocado – mango, cucumber – spicy veggie. toasted cayenne sauce on the top.
Seaweed sweet soy mirin & Enoki shiitake teriyaki
Everything was so delicious and fresh. The rolls were reasonably priced at $6.50/8 pieces and the Individual pieces were a steal at $1/piece. I didn’t miss the fish at all! If I lived in the area I would totally be a regular!
Oh, and it felt great to eat something so light and refreshing after having pizza from Artichoke Pizza the night before. I had a slice of their signature Spinach & Artichoke pizza. It was like having spinach & artichoke dip right on my pizza! I’m not complaining at all, but lets just say that I was not feeling so light and peppy after that meal. Next time I need a friend to split it with me. Anyone in?!
I spent the next few days enjoying conference food and was so glad when Meg made it back to NYC to join me for dinner on my last night in town. Meg has been responsible for MANY of my culinary adventures in NYC and she had a big on the agenda for us this time.
We dined at Pure Food and Wine, a raw food restaurant in the Gramercy Park neighborhood.
We started with a pitcher of White Sangria. I was in the mood for a cocktail so I was pleased as punch when I saw that they had a fun little drink menu.
“Our cocktails are made with fresh-pressed organic juices and, if sweetened, we use only a touch of agave nectar, a natural, low glycemic
sweetener from the cactus plant.”
We shared the Philly Roll as an appetizer which was a mixture of avocado, kim chee, and creamy cashew cheese. FYI…NYC has the whole no fish sushi down to an art.
There were also about a ton of olives enjoyed. They are house curred with fennel and orange. Mmm…I could olives for an entire meal.
For my entrée I had the Lemon Alfredo Noodles with Marinated Portabella Mushrooms and Meg had the Sweet Corn and Cashew Tamales with Chili Spiced Portabella.
Both dishes were fantastic and really left me totally satisfied. I didn’t even think twice that nothing had been heated up and it was all raw. I was amazed at the flavors and textures. Totally impressed.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is quite romantic. We were seated outside on their patio under a sprinkling of twinkle lights and swaying trees. It was the perfect setting for a romantic meal for two or a fun girls night out.
Although Pure Food & Wine was quite pricey ($15-20 apps & $24-26 entrees), I was in love with the unique food and attentive service. I would definitely be back for a special occasion or to introduce others to the raw food phenomenon.
Oh! One last note about my NYC food adventure. I put a note out to the Twitter world that I was on the hunt for a great bloody mary while I was there.
SUCCESS! Thanks to Meg and Almond for a tasty and just a dash of spicy bloody mary. The spiced rimmer is what made this drink a winner.
Ahhh…the food in NYC is just decadent. Don’t get me wrong. I love Boston food, but there are so many unique spots to explore in NYC that I just can’t get over it. Of course, nothing ever beats the juice truck on the corner of the street though.
Who is ready for the weekend? I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend. Hopefully the weather cooperates with my plans for a beach day at some point. I also hope you guys aren’t terribly bored with me mentioning BlogHer because I have one more coming next week that includes a GIVEAWAY! Stay tuned.
Have you ever eaten at a raw restaurant? If not, would you?