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The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.

Eating foods in their natural, uncooked form, or embracing the now famous raw diet, may seem like a modern adventure to some people, but in reality this practice goes back a long away. While the first restaurants to explicitly offer raw dishes in their menus were first established in California sometime early in the 20th century, New York has been showcasing its very own vibrant raw food community, in some of the friendliest and chic restaurants, since the late 90s, and it has been growing in popularity ever since. Some of the most well-know locations include Quintessence, Pure Food and Wine, Terri, Blossom, HanGawi, Franchia, Bonobo's Vegetarian Restaurant, Candle Cafe, Sacred Chow and many others. (note: some of the aforementioned restaurants are "raw-friendly", but not exclusively raw)

263 E 10th Street
NYC, NY, 10009
(646) 654-1823

Perhaps the first and currently most prominent New York raw food restaurant to become widely exclaimed for its broad offer of fine, delish meals, Quintessence was founded in 1999 by Hong Kong native Mun (Tolentin) Chan, who spent her childhood years picking up the secrets of the trade in her family's restaurant, together with her partner, Raw Chef Dan, who discovered his passion for organic, natural foods after working for 10 years as an electronics contractor. This unexpected pairing struck gold with a cozy restaurant atmosphere, supported by an engaging website that offers a lovely selection of raw recipes, an introduction to the raw philosophy, useful reviews and upcoming events. Their mouth-watering salads, entrees, desserts, smoothies, soups, side dishes and lunch combos are affordable and look amazing.

54 Irving Place
NYC, NY, 10003
(212) 477-1010

Opened in 2004 by Sarma Melngailis - prominent businesswoman, chef and author - the restaurant can cater to the highest culinary demands with its savory raw vegan dishes, in a soothing and elegant decor. Appetizing and sophisticated courses which blend in elements from Italian culinary traditions, such as King Oyster Mushroom Scallops in a Lemongrass Coconut Broth, or Zucchini, Local Roma and Heirloom Tomato Lasagna, and Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart will gratify your senses with innovative combinations of perfectly balanced flavors. The masters behind these delicacies are chef de cuisine Tara Punzone, assisted by sous chef Nikki King, while their raw organic smoothies are designed and prepared by Joey Repice.

3. "HANGAWI" (Popular Raw Friendly Dining)
12 East 32nd St
NYC, NY, 10016
(212) 213-0077

This exquisite restaurant is one of the busiest vegan locations in New York, so it is a good idea to book ahead if you are planning to dine here. Oriental motifs complement the relaxed, intimate ambiance, while their vegetarian and vegan menu invites you to delight in the best gourmet dishes of the Korean cuisine. Their philosophy is centered on the pursuit of balance and tranquility, which the Asians believe can be achieved only through a healthy mind in a healthy body. Vegetarian dumplings, spicy kimichi mushroom pancakes, stuffed shiitake mushrooms, organic dandelion and avocado salads, mountain roots and greens, and many other luscious meals will keep you coming back again and again for another exotic eating experience.

Below is a short list of raw or raw friendly, sometimes organic and either vegetarian or vegan restaurants in New York:
  1. Quintessence: 263 E 10th Street, NYC, NY, 10009 Telephone: (646) 654-1823; website:
  2. Pure Food And Wine: 54 Irving Place, NYC, NY, 10003, Telephoe: (212) 477-1010; website:
  3. Hangawi: 12 East 32nd St, NYC, NY, 10016, Telephone: (212) 213-0077; website:
  4. Terri: 60 W 23rd Street, NYC, NY, Telephone: 212-647-8810; website:
  5. Angelica Kithcen: 300 E 12th Street, NYC, NY 10003, Telephone: (212) 228-2909 ; website:
  6. Blossom: 187 9th Ave, NYC, NY, 10011, Telephone: 212-627-1144, website:
  7. Sacred Chow: 227 Sullivan St, NYC, NY, 10012, Telephone: 212-337-0864 website:
  8. Bonobo's Vegetarian Restaurant: 18 East 23 St, NYC, NY, 10010, Telephone: 212-505-1200; website:
  9. Candle Cafe: 1307 3rd Ave, NYC, NY, 10021; Telephone: 212-472-0970;
  10. Franchia: 12 Park Ave, NYC, NY, 10016, Telephone: 212-213-1001; website:

The above information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes. The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA (or your country's equivalent). Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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