Best Farm to Table Restaurants in New York City
Pop 5: NYC Farm-to-Table Restaurants For Fresher Than Fresh Fare
The phrase "farm to table" is being thrown around a lot these days. New York loves a good buzz word, and this definitely qualifies. So last week I asked for your top farm-to-table picks in honor of all things eco, organic, and, yes, trendy. And to be fair (fare?), I don't think there is a tastier or healthier food trend more deserving of a proper ranked rundown than this one! Thus, here's your Pop 5 fresh off the farm, perfectly palatable restaurants.
- Mas Farmhouse (39 Downing St., 212-255-1790) This restaurant may be located in the West Village, but you sure will feel as if you've stepped into a modern version of a southern French farmhouse. To make this feeling even more believable, Bouley-trained chef Galen Zamarra gathers his ingredients from farms just outside of the city limits for his seasonal French dishes. It's amazing and worth every penny.
- The Farm on Adderley (1108 Cortelyou Rd., 718-287-3101) The fresh cuisine and quaint outdoor garden have really won its loyal foodie following over. And if you haven't been to the Ditmas Park enclave, trust me, make a point to go soon. Now that the weather is warming up, you can expect an overload of ripe fruit and crisp veggies to brighten your meal.
- Blue Hill (75 Washington Pl., 212-539-1776) The Blue Hill experience will leave you speechless and utterly satisfied. Just ask the Obamas, who stop into Blue Hill during city visits, too. All produce and meat comes from owner Dan Barber and his brother's upstate biodynamic farm called Stone Barns. The locally grown result is out of this world, and if there's anything you should get excited about, it's the prospect of dining on Blue Hill's Summer peas, which will be in season soon.
- The Green Table (75 Ninth Ave., 212-741-6623) As a part of the Cleaver Company complex in Chelsea Market, The Green Table is dedicated to serving up only organic, environmentally conscious haute cuisine. And on that note, you must try the truffle-scented mashed potatoes!
- ABC Kitchen (35 E. 18th St., 212-475-5829) Jean-Georges Vongerichten venture inside ABC Carpet & Home is stated as an attempt at "locavore sustainability," and it does a pretty stand up job at that. The menus are made from recycled paper, the dining mats are compostable, and the leftovers are sent to a compost heap at the end of the night. But more to the point, the food is sourced from local suppliers, making the restaurant's integrity 100 percent seasonal and sustainable.