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Chefs blend 100-percent organic, raw and vegan ingredients into innovative dishes for breakfast, lunch & dinner

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Quintessence - East Village: $20 for $40 Worth of Gourmet Organic, Raw and Vegan Cuisine at Quintessence

Raw-fare restaurants became popular in the late 1950s, when teenagers rebelled against their parents' meat-and-potatoes culture by sharing almond-nut milkshakes at the local sprouted-kale joint. Eat like a hepcat with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of gourmet organic, raw and vegan cuisine at Quintessence.

Quintessence's skilled raw chefs craft vegan pizza, burgers, and internationally flavored cuisine from organic and enzyme-rich uncooked ingredients. The restaurant's menu tempts palates with a creamy lasagna, its noodles comprised of stacked layers of zucchini and squash made rich and creamy with "cheese" made from buttery macadamia nuts and cashews ($19). For an Indian platter, chefs drizzle chickpea and vegetable balls with a complex almond curry sauce ($21), and the Italian-sausage pizza ($15.50) boasts savory and nutrient-dense nut-based meats and cheeses with chunky tomato sauce.

The restaurant's indulgently healthful menu boasts ample add-ons for any meal, giving dining couples in search of an aphrodisiac the option of topping a kiss-friendly minty greek salad ($12) with a shot of raw libido-enhancing maca ($1.70). Night owls can enhance a vitamin-rich bowl of green soup ($8) with a shot of Noni Ginger Fire, a detoxifying blend of Tahitian superfoods to help to shake off weekend decadence and purge the body of stray Funyuns ($2.25).


Flavorful, internationally inspired raw food often draws celebs such as Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler to this East Village eatery, according to Time Out New York. But Quintessence has plenty to offer beyond star-spotting. Chefs artfully craft a wide variety of vegan specialties from organic fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains to satisfy hunger and taste buds. The tapas menu includes a tostada and delicate pesto pizzette, while large plates offer exotic and classic flavors in the form of all-American burgers, handmade veggie patties surrounded by coconut bread, miso veggie stew, and cooked quinoa pilaf. The brunch menu incorporates sprouted-kamut bread and sweet yam crepes to recreate breakfast staples from benedicts to bagels. All desserts are nondairy and sugar-free, including the house-made ice crème and the pecan pie on a crust of soaked almonds, coconut, and dried apricots. Homemade soups, salads, fresh made juices, and original café-style drinks are available as well..


1219 Ratings

Consistently excellent food, with the added bonus of being incredibly fresh and healthy. The "bagels", tacos and nori wraps are an absolute must!
Aisha B. · August 10, 2015
Great food, great warm atmosphere.
Mary D. · March 18, 2015
the tacos are amazing!
Natalia S. · January 14, 2015

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