Sunday, March 22, 2009

A raw and vegan food tour of NYC

This post should give you a sense of what is really important in my life. 

Forget the CLL docs. Forget MOMA or the MET.

Let's talk food.

Had a highlight dinner at Pure Food and Wine.

All raw, vegan and organic. Magical. New taste experiences in the starters and the entrees. WOW. The raw dessert were transformative. Raw chocolate coconut "ice creme"  Very pricey, but very special. The picture above is one of their raw dairy-free organic deserts.  My new favorite restaurant, but I need a  bigger paycheck or a smaller mortgage to eat there again.

Visited an old standby: Zen Palate. Faux meats and vegan sushi. Still good tastes and lovely presentation, but vegan food and I have changed so much since I first ate there about a dozen years ago, and they haven't.

Candle 79 was amazing. Few raw choices, but what was available was colorful, powerful and delicous, and the cooked organic entrees were bursting with flavor. Amazing food. This is a great restaurant.

Bonobo's is fresh and fun and raw and much more affordable. The kind of raw food we make at home, but not quite as good.

Viva Pizza is walking distance to my daughter's. Good vegan and vegetarian pizzas. All organic. All tasty.

Even closer is the organic Juice Generation. Very nice to have those green options, unlike the bottled crap that is so sweet from the dominant apple juice. They also make organic (cooked) soups and sell raw snacks.

The Green Bean Cafe is on the upper east side (don't I sound like a native) is a tiny informal place with creative vegan choices and very few raw options (which were very good) just a few blocks from my doctor's appointment.  Simple food. We may go back tomorrow. 

I am getting hungry.



Blogger Lezlei Ann Young said...

Doc...when I think "raw", I kinda think "weeds" (sorry)...but that dessert looks absolutely YUMMY! Glad you're having fun eating your way through the BIG APPLE. (I made a


March 22, 2009 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Mikha'el said...

Now that sounds like some good news...great food and I'm ready to tour NYC for the foods you mention. Hope the trip continues to go well

March 23, 2009 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Debbie Young said...

Hey Brian
I have CLL, it is stage zero, I am a raw vegan and have been able to keep my WBC down.. next test april 8th. I was dx two years ago.
Come see what I am doing..
PS I am SO jealous that you ate at PURE!

March 24, 2009 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Howard said...

don`t know if you can eat your well to good health as some say. But I am sure you can eat your way to happiness.

March 25, 2009 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger HNK said...


I've been raving about Pure all week, to anyone who will listen, and Candle 79, too. I think I'm going to hit up Juice Generation for the apple-free smoothie this week, and put Viva in the permanent rotation for my pizza fix.

Gotta say, we ate pretty darn well while you were here.


March 28, 2009 at 7:12 PM  

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