The raw food craze seems to keep on growing. Just because it’s raw doesn’t mean it has to be rabbit food. Get raw yourself at one of our top spots to grab fresh “live food,” never heated more than about 104 degrees to keep nutrients intact. – Camille DeMere
79-15 Cooper Avenue
Queens, NY 11385
In a neighborhood full of greasy chain restaurants comes a welcome oasis – cheap and delicious raw food. Try the light and flavorful Pasta Primavera with pine nut cheese or one of the best veggie burgers you will ever try. And at $6 to $9 a plate, the prices are low enough for an everyday lunch or dinner.
Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
A romantic dinner or a extravagant night out doesn’t have to include pate or steak. Enjoy a completely raw, vegan experience. Try the Cobb salad with smoky Portabella strips standing in for bacon, or indulge in decadent ravioli made from beets and pistachio cheese. Still love your meat and potatoes? Want a takeaway treat or a slightly more everyday price? Visit Pure Food and Wine’s sister restaurant, One Lucky Duck, around the corner for snacks, shakes and takeaways.
348 West 145th Street
New York, NY 10030
This warm and welcoming Harlem eatery is a great spot to try out raw living. Owners, chefs, and husband-and-wife team Lillian Butler and Eddie Robinson will patiently walk you through your first or 50th raw experience. Try their BBQ Burger or the lasagna with nut cheese – both are easily recognized and delicious vegan replicas of the real thing.
687 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
When you think of the meticulous preparation and care needed to make delicious meals that involve no heat more than 104 degrees, it’s hard to believe that a raw food haven could be described as “laid back.” But that’s Rawstar. With a fun, beachy interior and an inventive semi-Carribean menu, Brooklynites have a spot to get their health fix without feeling like they’re giving anything up.
178 North 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Flavorful and fun, Rockin’ Raw doesn’t hold back. Billing themselves as “Peruvian, New Orleanian, Creole cuisine with soul.” They offer a raw take on the Po’ Boy and a fantastic “live” pasta (don’t be scared – it’s just mandolin sliced raw zucchini) in pesto.