New York's famous food scene offers the ideal ingredients to any foodie's dream, which can make it a little too easy to get swept up in high calorie, unhealthy dinners made with delicious, yet questionable ingredients. Luckily for our livers, the farm-to-table restaurant trend has formed as a response to those exact concerns. Healthy, fresh food is now not only a good idea, but cool. In the list below, I'll provide you with the hippest, trendiest restaurants setting the bar on the coveted farm-to-table experience, all right here in the big (delicious) apple.
1. ABC Kitchen by Jean-Georges
One of the most famous farm-to-table establishments in NYC is ABC Kitchen . The restaurant, having been raised under the wing of Interior design company, ABC Carpet & Home, displays incredible design and decor that's updated quarterly to reflect the changing seasons outside. The restaurant menu also features seasonally inspired selections; a strategy used to keep the locally sourced ingredients as fresh as possible. At present,* the menu features a selection of savory olives, unique salads, pastas, pizzas, and entrees including black sea bass with chilies and herbs or a Japanese inspired akaushi cheeseburger. Menu highlights include line caught tuna sashimi, kasha and bowtie pasta with veal meatballs, and a simple whole wheat margherita pizza.
2. Market Table
Another restaurant featuring seasonal fresh fare is Market Table by Chef Mike Price. The menu, unique and unusual, features plenty of fresh seafood and unexpected combinations. Situated in the West Village with large windows and a simple interior, it is a great non-distracting option for a date-night out. Menu highlights include the charred octopus appetizer, sangria hanger steak, grilled swordfish and a selection of market vegetables.
3. Blue Hill New York City
If you are searching for a high end farm-to-table meal, look no further than Blue Hill . Located in the Greenwich Village, it is a mainstay for ultra elegant, fresh food. According to Blue Hill’s website, ingredients are sourced from nearby farms, including their own Blue Hill Farm in neighboring Massachusetts. Upon being seated, two menus are offered: the Farmer’s Feast tasting menu or the more conventional daily menu. Highlights from the tasting menu include potato pizza and Blue Hill Farm pig, while notable options from the daily menu are monkfish, celery root risotto with squid ink, and venison with spaghetti squash.
4. Mas (farmhouse)
Mas (farmhouse) is another high end option, differentiating itself from Blue Hill by use of a heavy French influence. Located just south of Washington Square Park, it has an undeniably aristocratic ambience, with elegant glass wine displays and gauzy, sheer curtains. The food, like the other mentions, is locally sourced and seasonal, meaning the menu changes periodically. To provide some insight on anticipated dishes, the menu from March 3rd, 2016 featured a four course tasting menu with highlights like fluke tartar, roasted halibut, and Violet Hill Farm chicken.
5. Black Barn
Black Barn is the ultimate in rustic-chic dining. The interior of the restaurant, designed to resemble an industrial barn, gives off a cozy, yet trendy ambiance. The restaurant has a mix of standard dining room tables as well as the Chef’s table which features a tantalizingly flavorsome tasting menu. Following the sustainable trail, Black Barn emphasizes getting the freshest food directly from farms. Along with the tasting and standard menus (think bone marrow with manila clams and curried cauliflower steaks), Black Barn has a third, tavern menu which features large and small plates like crispy chicken wings and mushroom toast.