Today I was out of my hotel room at 8AM and didn't get back until 7PM. A long day, but I made sure to eat regularly.
In the morning I gave a breakfast presentation, and since we provided the breakfast I made sure there was a soy yogurt parfait for moi!
Then I had a late lunch at one of my regular haunts, Le Pain Quotidien. It's not a vegan restaurant, but it always has many options. I usually go there for breakfast, so I got to try something new this time, namely an Asian Tofu Salad:
Then I hit a raw vegan restaurant in the East Village for the first time, called Quintessence. I'd had a Groupon for it burning a hole in my pockt for *months*, and it expires in a couple fo months, so I hopped on it this trip...with my vegan blogging friend JL Fields.
We each wanted that evening's prix fixe, but luckily there was an alternate entree choice, so we each did order it, but with the two different entrees, which we shared.
Here's what we got:
A caprese salad appetizer featuring yummy nut cheese:
Then we split the following two entrees:
1. A pizza with olives, pineapple, a nut crust, and some kind of raw, vegan sausage...I have no idea how they make any of it!
2. The Ravioli platter...ravioli made of turnips and squash! We chose the pesto sauce, which was good, since the pizza had a tomatoa-based sauce:
Finally, dessert. The manu said Cherry Pie (which is one of my faves) but they offered Pumpkin instead, which I didn't kick out of the menu for eating crackers. Or something to that effect. The cream on the side was delicious. My cashew cream never came out that yummy (but perhaps I've never actually sweetened it, and this was lightly sweetened). As you can see I had to dig in and take a bite before I remembered to take my shot:
Quintessence is the best raw restauant I've been to. (OK, I've been to two others, Cafe gratitude and Pure), but I'm not certain I'll make the journey to the East Village for it again. I like my cooked comfort food.
263 E 10th Street (btw. Ave A & 1st Ave)