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Organic Restaurants NYC: Spring Project

March 8, 2011

The most recent issue of Edible Manhattan is “the good meat issue.”  It’s full of inspiring articles about former city dwellers who left for the farmsteads to raise grass-fed, humanely and sustainably raised beef and pork, on farms around New York State and other parts of the country.  As a fun little spring project, I’m doing a survey of organic restaurants in New York City, particularly ones that serve grass-fed and sustainably raised beef and pork, that have been raised as hormone-free herbivores who eat grass and greens as nature intended.    Here are the places where I’ve made reservations so far.

1. Blue Hill.

2. Jimmy’s No. 43

3. Casa Mono

4. Bubby’s Tribeca

5. Savoy

6. Hearth – I’ll be going there for the sardines appetizer, mmm…..and the donuts …

7. Northern Spy – Ok, I didn’t make a reservation here because they don’t take reservations. But I already go here all the time, and love their locally sourced food. They are especially great for lunch – they have the best lunch menu in the neighbhorhood, in my opinion. And they deliver from noon to 3pm!

8. Back Forty –  Again, I always go here. ALWAYS. I’m completely addicted to their pork jowel nuggets, Catskill trout, and grass-fed burger!

I’ll write up reviews as soon as I go! Any more to recommend?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bryn permalink
    March 9, 2011 8:59 pm

    i want to go to hearth! i think it is very pricey. maybe i can get some hot man w a wad of cash to take me. excited for jimmys no 43!! 😉

  2. March 26, 2011 11:01 am

    Ok – I eat too much. I’ve been to a lot of these places and here is what I would recommend: Back Forty – they do half price drinks from 6-8 at the bar on Mondays (which helps, cause their drinks can be pricey). Their grassfed hamburger is a real pleaser and not too pricey but I would go for the cornmeal crusted catfish. If they still have them, get the homemade orange creamsickle donuts for dessert. Brunch there is not so great – the poached egg over white bean ragout sounded more promising than it was. It was soggy and gross. I wouldn’t recommend it.
    Northern Spy – was here for brunch! Yum-o! Baked eggs over polenta and braised mustard greens were delish! Also the corned beef with potato confit and poached eggs was a winner. Oh and Fuji Apple mimosas. Mmm….
    Hearth – I had the tasting menu called “Cucina Povera”, which is an Italian phrase referencing humble cooking. It was very good. I did the wine pairing with it and really enjoyed it. The food was rustic and not overly fancy. The main course was a braised lamb shank with polenta and gremolata. This was a real pleaser. It was well cooked and super tender. I ate mine with a fork! This came with a glass of Monastrell, M3, Vinos Sin-Ley, 2006, La Mancha. It complimented the smokiness of the meat very well. I can’t rave enough about how good this was.
    Lastly, Savoy. We did Valentine’s dinner here many moons ago. I’m not a big dessert girl, but that’s all I can remember about this place. The creme brulee is the best I’ve ever had. They have a creme brulee branding iron that they heat up in their fireplace. It was so darn good!
    Ok, I’m writing a book. I’m done.

  3. May 18, 2011 6:57 pm

    i hosted at Bubby’s back in 1996 – it maybe my favorite job i’ve ever had, but I gained about 20lbs from eating leftover pies.

  4. swetha hari permalink
    June 28, 2011 4:03 am

    yeah! i gotta awsm xperienc frm bubby
    itz too good man

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