Thursday, November 26, 2009

Rockin Raw

A trip to a retreat in Vermont last weekend (more about that in another post) delivered great fun... and a wonderfully unexpected stop at Rockin Raw Restaurant. It just so happened that there was a three hour stop over in New York City, so I figured what better time than the present to hit up the resto for a scrumptious bite?! A rushed walk through the airport, a dive onto the sky train, a hop into the subway, a hike up the longest flight of stairs I've ever climbed, and another subway ride later... we arrived! It only took almost 1 1/2 hours, LOL. It gave me the utmost excitement to be standing outside the resto!

I'd been wanting to go there ever since checking it out online a while back - and a few friends have given rave reviews.
They have a fabulous menu featuring Peruvian/ New Orleanian/Creole dishes.

Adam and I had a hoot on the subway... part of me couldn't believe we were going on this escapade when time was short and we really had no idea where we were going...

Upon arrival I already knew I wanted to start with a Cookies N Cream Milkshake - almond milk based, frosty, and sweet, with little bitties of cacao nibs throughout providing a nice crunch. It was delish, the only disappointment was the lack of thickness that comes with the thought of a milkshake... you know, thick and creamy... this was more icy.

Adam got the Apple Maca-licious Smoothie - light and frosty with lots of zingy ginger power! It was yumm-O!

After ordering the shake, I stopped by the dessert case to see what would be on my dessert plate.
The lucuma cheesecake appealed so much, but I knew I'd have to get something to go, and wasn't sure it would travel too well.

He also got the Crab Cake Appetizer, with creamy dill sauce and greens. They were seriously over salted... to the point where I managed one small bite. It's all good... here's a fab recipe for Crab Cakes which I've made a few times with success.

Since time was of the essence we ordered dinner to go. I got the King Oyster Mushroom Po' Boy Sandwich on their in-house essene bread, with chipotle aioli and a side salad. I got a side of the Caramelized Plantains too. My goodness - all of this was amaaazing! The bread was so super moist and thick enough to hold everything in together, the mushroom patty and sauce were phenomenal!

Adam had the Raw Boy Sandwich with Cajun Mayo - a sea veggie patty, in the same bread/toppings, and a creole slaw. It was also good, but I preferred my mushroom sammie.

It was a mad dash to find a cab and get back to the airport when we realized where the time had gone... fortunately the plane was delayed by 45 minutes, allowing us to catch it in time. Whew! Close one!


I settled on the Chocolate Hemp Brownie - big enough for us to share and solid enough that it would travel... buuut as it turned out, we enjoyed half the brownie on the cab ride. We weren't impressed... it was rather dry and bitter... ugh. We ended up eating it with some dates and mulberries.

That wraps up another raw restaurant adventure. I believe it was destiny for us to eat at Rockin Raw!

10 comments:

bitt said...

sounds like there were some highs and lows. not sure if i will check it out next time i'm there.

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

yay-another update on your blog Heather ;-) Keep them coming!

VeggieGirl said...

Sorry about the brownie and such; but it sounds like a worthy restaurant experience overall, right? :)

Raw Goddess said...

Bitt- haha... well i had to be honest in my review - so don't get the brownie! LOL, but the sammie/plantains were amazing and id go back just to eat that again!

Marlie - thanks! I am loving your posts!

Veggie - totally worth it, and I would go back again - have you been there? You live in the city, right?

jessica said...

was there the other night with my daughter. after going a few times you know just what to order. i too had some high/lows. but overrall it's very nice.

Anonymous said...

Glad you got to go! That was quite the trek in order to make it :) I have been there a couple of times and really like it. The onion rings are amazing and I love the cookies in cream milkshake. I agree it is not thick, but it does really have that 'bite' of cookies and cream. Hope you have a great trip in VT!

Marisa said...

Glad you got to go! That was quite the trek in order to make it :) I have been there a couple of times and really like it. The onion rings are amazing and I love the cookies in cream milkshake. I agree it is not thick, but it does really have that 'bite' of cookies and cream. Hope you have a great trip in VT!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Are you trying to torture me with all of these restaurant stops? : ) The many Raw restaurants in NY are one of the reasons I want to go there. Thanks for reviewing this one!

alysha said...

Of all the restaurants in NYC Rawkin'Raw is perhaps the WORST! Rawstar is much better if you are going to trek all the way to Brooklyn. I went to Rawkin Raw the first weekend it opened with friends and was very put off by the food. Their "bread" is really manna bread except they pass it off as their own - at least that is how it was when i was there. and the portions for their price are pretty crappy. The dessert was pretty good though, so I guess they stink at that now too! lol. Love your blog and happy that you gave an honest review!!

Anonymous said...

This place is amazing. The mushroom cebiche and their yellow pepper sauce is tremendous.