By Maryse Chevrier

At the pint-size East Village eatery Quintessence, it's easy to start the year off on a healthy track. Since 1999, the mostly raw foods spot has been enabling diners to indulge in a wide variety of good-for-you options. We dig the Peters Pot, a delightfully bright and creamy sundried tomato, yellow bell pepper, and cucumber soup; or the unique twist on a classic Caesar salad, featuring caramelized onions and avocado. And for dessert? Indulge guilt-free in a rich tiramisu that benefits from the bite of cold brew coffee used to flavor it.

the crowd

Sets of trim East Village locals with an appetite for the healthy lifestyle.

... on the side

on the stereo
The same playlist that was on during yoga this morning.

beans to spill
“Raw food only” isn’t the rule here anymore. The restaurant recently added a limited number of cooked dishes to the menu in the wake of new scientific research indicating that including a small amount of cooked, nutritious organic foods to a mostly raw diet promotes good health.



Mon–Fri 10 AM–11 PM; Sat 11 AM–11 PM; Sun 11 AM–10 PM

price range

$6 (chickpea socca bread) to $23 (Mexican platter)