Rawlicious - New Raw Food Restaurant!

Let's try the new, raw restaurant in Lower Manhattan!  They opened in July 2012.

First, check out this beautiful review ("First Taste Report: Rawlicious, New York’s second raw fine-dining restaurant") by Lisa Elaine Held on the excellent WellAndGoodNYC.com web site:


New York’s raw food scene generally consists of small, slightly crunchy cafes (that tend to hover around an East Village center point). With the exception, of course, of Sarma Melngailis’ sophisticated hot spot, Pure Food and Wine. Now, with the opening of Rawlicious, on Broome and Centre Street in Soho, the Union Square stalwart may have some competition.

The Olive-Currant-Nut and Seed Salad

Rawlicious is a Toronto-based raw, vegan restaurant with four locations in Canada. This is its first venture stateside, and it was made possible when NYU heart surgeon Elias Zias, an advocate of good nutrition, reached out to owners Chelsea Clark and Angus Crawford, offering to partner on a New York location.

Their 60-seat space, which opened earlier this month, formerly housed a hair salon. It’s open and airy, with lots of exposed brick and bright, eye-catching paintings. Comfy cream-colored chairs with high backs are pulled up to light wood tables.

The menu is a seasonal mix of juices, appetizers, salads, and entrees, and in addition to being raw and vegan, it’s also gluten- and sugar-free. (Although they also will serve organic wine and beer.) Flavors reminded us of Gingersnap’s Organic, but the portions were less precious, and more filling.

A Rawlicious Pizza (toppings change daily)

Flatbreads are a strong suit—we loved the Pizza ($13) on sprouted buckwheat and flax seed crust and the Herb & Onion Flatbread appetizer ($12). We also fawned over the generous, creative salads—especially the Olive Currant Nut and Seed ($12).

The zucchini noodle dishes varied—the Pasta Bolognese ($15) with pesto was delish, the Pad Thai ($17), bland. And skip the juices—they were disappointingly one-note.

Rawlicious doesn’t tout a star chef. Crawford says they’d rather avoid the cult of personality. But the cuisine does seem to lose a little something in presentation without the careful nitpicking of a trained hand. It also doesn’t have the level of nighttime swank (or a kick-ass outdoor garden), but we could see it becoming a go-to spot for healthy downtown types. In fact, it shares a block with Golden Bridge Yoga, and Ashtanga luminary Eddie Stern was just finishing lunch when we visited.

Crawford emphasizes that it’s not just yogis and raw foodies he’d like to attract. “We want to be super mainstream,” he says. “I don’t have a nose ring or a ponytail. It’s just good food for normal people.


Rawlicious started in Canada and NYC is their first location in the US.

I passed by this restaurant the other day and was so excited to see another raw food establishment!



Please note, reservations are limited...kindly reply with integrity.

We'll be having just one seating, from 7:00pm till about 9:00pm.  Please arrive on time at 7:00pm.

Thank you and hope to see you there!

~Kristal (new assistant organizer)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The pasta was tasty, but not much fun to eat. Chomp, chomp, chomp, no subtlety in the flavor.

    September 16, 2012

  • Kristal

    food was hit or miss...the nutloaf was flavorful and rich, i felt extremely full...the raw mashed potatoes had a slight after-taste, the lemonade - no good...i think they were overwhelmed with the number of guests and they reflected on how they would improve for a future event...they were attentive but unfortunately, the food came out after an extended period...thanks to everyone for coming and supporting a new place!!!

    August 30, 2012

  • Ron K.


    This past Monday evening was my first veg and vegan meetup.
    I had just returned from a 12 vegan raw food retreat.
    The salad I had was excellent. The entree was good. The portions were quite
    generous. I sampled my table neighbor's flatbread and it was very good.
    We all know the wait for the food was a long time, 1 1/2 hours for some of us.
    The restaurant was clearly overwhelmed with 73 meals to prepare at one time.

    Ron K

    August 29, 2012

  • David G.

    Outstanding, gourmet raw food. Outstanding company -- many new members attended -- all wonderful, as well as our delightful regular members. Congratulations to Kristal on a brilliant and immensely fun first event!

    August 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Service was very poor. They took your order at 7:00 and you were lucky if your food arrived at 8:30. Food was o.k.

    August 28, 2012

  • Jade

    The food was delicious and the company delightful. Thank you, Kristal!

    August 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Company was good!

    August 27, 2012

  • Deepak

    My first meetup with the group. Nice to meet so many people and have some good conversation. Nice place for the meetup. Good work by the organizer.

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    not that interesting, they were overwhelmed with the amnt. of peope. One guy was at the table
    at 7:00 and got his dinner at 9:30. They didnt even have the dish he ordered.Very overpriced
    but the people were grear

    August 27, 2012

  • Kristal

    Thanks for your comments Katie & Sam! Look forward to a yummy dinner and seeing everyone!

    August 27, 2012

  • Sam

    I am new in here. Thanks for organizing, and hope to see you there.

    August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organising this Kristal, looking forward to tonight :) x

    August 27, 2012

  • Kristal

    We'll select items from their menu. Rawlicious will provide separate checks for us!

    August 5, 2012

  • samantha

    [masked] how much will cost

    August 4, 2012

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