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Brief report on Pure Juice and Takeaway

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Brief report on Pure Juice and Takeaway

eeee | Aug 7, 2004 06:03 PM

After work yesterday, I wandered over to this new takeout joint, which I believe recently opened. It turned out to be a small storefront with a clutch of wooden stools and a few tables. The whir of blenders greeted me as I entered.

The takeout serves a selection of "raw" wraps and desserts. Included is the well-regarded raw lasagna, which looked beautiful under its mantle of heirloom tomato slices. If you want to have it, it's $13 (most expensive thing on the menu.)

I adore coconut and decided to try the coconut shake, composed of coconut, coconut water and lime. As I waited, the friendly counterman asked me if I would like to sample the jalapeno crackers (very chewy) and the almond "ice cream" (lovely, fragrant scent; tasted something like ice milk.) My impression is that you can taste almost anything if you ask.

My shake was very thick and frothy and not particularly sweet. Rather nice, actually - my impression is that coconut is the junk food of the raw world. You can ask for shakes with or without ice. At $7, it certainly was not cheap, but might be nice as, say, a dessert after Bar Jamon. If I get it again, I will ask to have mango added to it.

Check it out - it's on 17th Street off Irving Place. They are closed on Sunday but open until around 10 during other days.

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