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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Rawfood Restaurant in NYC: One Lucky Duck

First we visited the Pure Food and Wine restaurant that we have heard has great rawfood, and the menu certainly looked tantalizing, but unfortunately, the prices were out of our reach during this trip, so we had to pass. We just looked inside and glanced at the menu, which we wanted to take with us to study but the staff gently denied us.

Luckily, the same restaurant has a carryout and small dine in establishment just around the corner called One Lucky Duck. Here the prices were a little more reasonable although still not what I would call affordable. Everything is organic and/or local, raw, vegan (except for raw honey), free of dairy, refined sugars, animal products (except raw honey), and processed ingredients. The menu features “sweets”, “cookies & snacks”, Norwalk pressed juices”, “juices”, “shakes”, “prepared foods”, and “salads”.

There were many seemingly delectable choices on the menu, of which we wanted to try many of, but alas we only could try two dishes and one drink. They have these interesting and supposedly nutritious Norwalk juicer made juices made the night before, but they are stored in plastic containers in the deli case. So I opted instead for a fresh made Thai green drink that was nice except it had too much ginger in it. The Caesar Salad was excellent with chunks of romaine lettuce coated with a creamy dry sauce, topped with decorative Nori strips. The Spicy Thai Lettuce Wraps was a dud as nobody in our group liked it very much. It seems it was a bit too hard to chew being mostly cabbage shreds wrapped in collard leaves, and it had little distinctive flavor.

Overall, the staff was not particularly friendly probably because they looked overworked, some food was very nice, some not, and the atmosphere was lacking. It is quite obvious that the place is setup for carryout because of its tiny space and deli order setup. We look forward to trying more entrees and desserts next time we visit.

One Lucky Duck (Pure Food and Wine’s “juice & takeaway” place)

Overall: **

125 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003; P 212.477.7151; www.oneluckyduck.com

Hours: Open daily: 9:00 – 23:00

Atmosphere: ** Noisy, not relaxing since people are in line behind you, and people are waiting for tables in this cramped space

Food: ***

Service: *

Credit cards: Yes

Drinks Available: A diverse offering of fresh juices (including daily made Norwalk juices) and shakes.

Price Range: Prices run the gamut from $3.50 to $100; entrees are $10 to $19

Recommended Dishes: Thai Green juice (no ginger), Strawberry Blonde shake, Caesar Salad, Zucchini and Tomato Lasagna

Reservations: None needed.

Sound Level: Noisy.

Wheelchair Access: Yes

(Key: **** = Excellent, *** = Good, ** = Fair, * = Poor)








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