I went by Bonobo’s last Friday, only to discover that the restaurant is gone! All that remained was the bare walls. I was surprised, because there was still a big Bonobo’s sign on the scaffolding outside . Oh gosh! All we have left in NYC now are Pure Food and Wine near Union Square in Manhattan, and Rawkin Raw in Brooklyn. It is sad thatNew York City cannot support raw food restaurants. We’ve now lost 2 restaurants in the past year (Lillian and Eddie closed down their wonderful Raw Soul a while back).
Bonobo’s was interesting in that it was “the fast food” restaurant for the raw vegan crowd. You could get in and out of there with take-out in less than 10 minutes. The informal set-up lent itself to meet-up groups, etc., and they also had a large room in the back which was good for lectures, workshops, and presentations.
Alas, it’s gone now. That leaves us with Pure Food and Wine and Quintessence in Manhattan, and Rawkin Raw in Brooklyn. There is also Caravan of Dreams, in Manhattan, which has a few raw items on its menu.