When we stopped by the just-opened Rawvolution café for lunch, we weren't convinced that we would leave full. After all, the word "raw" is sometimes code for "still hungry."
But once we sat down at one of the casual tables to embark upon our meal--a hearty Nori Roll ($10) stuffed with fresh veggies like daikon radishes and collard greens; a side of mock chicken salad ($7) made with surprisingly creamy raw-cashew mayo; and a peanut-caramel bar ($2.50) that was sort of like a less sugary Snickers--our worries were dismissed and our stomachs sated.
The new East Village eatery is the second venture from husband-and-wife team Matt and Janabai Amsden, whose original Santa Monica locale is beloved by raw-foodist celebs and health-enthusiasts. As on the West Coast, the new digs boast ever-changing daily menus, a modern-day hippie vibe (think: jingling wind-chimes and John-and-Yoko portraiture) and deliverable raw food boxes ($120 for about four days worth of food) created on-site at the beginning of each week.
While we love the menu's freshness and creativity (the bagels, for instance, are made via a dehydrator), we're most taken with the all-around inclusiveness. This place isn't just for hard-core vegans or cleansers. Rather, it's a smart, tasty way to incorporate unprocessed food into your diet.
Rawvolution, 504 E. 12 St. (between aves. A and B); 212-473-3990 or rawvolution.com