Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Journey Part 1 - NYC: Quintessence

Moving right along to the next stop - I visited Quintessence Restaurant twice while in the city. It's a comfy little place in a cute neighborhood, right across the street from a Russian bathhouse (which I'd like to check out in the future). Be prepared for another picture show!

This delicious chai latte was in order first since it was a bit of a chilly day. It hit the spot with it's hot, frothy goodness, and sprinkle of cinnamon! Mmm!

Philip and I went for lunch and shared 2 appetizers- 2 handroll combo: Chipotle "cheese" hand roll, and spicy fofu handroll. Too spicy for me, but I managed a few bites! I didn't get a pichy...

We enjoyed the Stuffed Fofu: Silken mock tofu stuffed with a succulent filling of napa cabbage, shitake, seaweed, and scallion, marinated in a savory ginger cilantro sauce. Topped with sliced, marinated shitake mushrooms. This was so yummy! Just like real tofu - I totally recommend!

We each had the Arugula Sprout Salad- Arugula, sunflower sprouts, cherry tomatoes, goji berries, in a sweet-spiced fig cardamom dressing, topped with candied walnuts. Excellent! I would def eat this again!

We enjoyed the beautiful sunny Autumn day!
A trip to One Lucky Duck was in order for dessert after lunch!!!!... But I shall wait until the next post because it'll be packed with divine pictures... :)

I had dinner at Quintessence a few days later with Deana, Mary, and her husband. Another feast was enjoyed by all!
The others ordered the Stuffed Fofu, and I enjoyed the Garden Dill Soup, as an appetizer. The soup was delicious and filling, although a little thicker than I normally like my soups.

Us gals each ordered pizza - the Santa Fe Pizza looked like the best to take a pic of. It's topped with bell pepper cheese, mexican spiced veggies, sour cream, and guacamole. I ordered the California Pizza but was so filled up on soup that I could only eat half of mine (I had to save a lil' room for dessert).
Matt had the Indian Platter. Peppers and cucumber in a cream coconut curry sauce, chick pea veggie balls in an almond curry sauce topped with mango chutney, and tamarind sauce.
For dessert Dee and I shared this Coconut Cream Pie with Strawberry Ice Cream. The pie was extremely creamy, thick and delicious... the ice cream was so-so. They didn't have too many flavors that day.

This wraps up another raw restaurant adventure in the city! A magnificent dessert tour is yet to come in my next post....

8 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Oh holy yum :)

Living and Loving in L.A. said...

Yum! Looks amazing! You guys are adorable, I love your pictures! Just added myself as a follower! Can't wait to get to know you better!

chaunceypants said...

I wish I could have met you while you were in town! I, myself, was out of town... darn! I had dessert at Quintessence once, though my daughter who is nut-allergic was with me so my options were limited. It's hard preparing raw for my fam without being able to use nuts! I love the Fig Newton bars at One Lucky Duck. I've made them at home and though they are a lot of prep, they are worth it (plus nut free!) I love your blog Heathy, I get so happy when I see there's a new one in my inbox!

Lovingraw said...

Thank you for sharing your adventures with me. : )

Raw Goddess said...

Lucky you Veggie - eating at these places all the time!

Living and Loving - thanks for the comment. I just checked out your site... quite the story today! You're an inspiration!

Chauncy - do you live in NYC? If you want to meet up at any of the raw restos for a meal or dessert next month, let me know! I'll have to check out the fig bars.
Oh man, I dont know how you make food without nuts, but you can use seeds, right?

Philip - Always a pleasure :) It was so much fun to hang with you!

alissa said...

crazy! we've been living parallel lives. i was just in new york last week!

rawislife said...

Thanks for posting the pizza pics! I am creating a Mexican pizza for the weekend when my sister visits. So the pics are inspiring!

Isn't New York an amazing place? :)

chaunceypants said...

Heathy I would love to meet up with you for a meal when you are back in NYC! I live just north of the city so I'm there frequently. If we do lunch, I'll have the issue of my no-nut daughter, which is fine. But I could come for dinner solo, which would probably be better. Let me know. I didn't see a way to email you directly so I'll leave my email here: sarah.cline@gmail.com. Yay! I'm looking forward to it!