NYC Food Guide: Restaurants for Omnivorous Foodies

Who says that delicious food can’t be local, organic and sustainable too? From brunch spots, to burgers, to fine dining, we've got eating covered.

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Located on a tree-lined street in Park Slope, Applewood is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Laura and David Shea. Laura and David purchase meats and produce directly from farmers they know. (How do they know their farmers? They have regular "Meet-the-Farmer" dinners.) Applewood's intimate townhouse setting makes you feel like you're a hundred miles away from New York City. The wooden tables and fireplace create the perfect date ambiance. They also serve Sunday Brunch.

Favorites: The menu changes frequently but if pork is on the menu, it's a must-have.

501 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 788-1810
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Back Forty

Photo: Image via Kalina at Eater

Sometimes all I want is a laid-back atmosphere to enjoy sustainable and simple food at affordable prices. Back Forty is the place to do just this. The $10 Grass-Fed Burger is one of the NYC's best, their wines are sourced from local purveyors, and all their ingredients are sourced locally, too. As the weather warms up, the outdoor garden is perfect for a reasonable and delicious group brunch or dinner.

Favorites: Burger, Basket of Fries, Fresh Doughnuts.

Back Forty
190 Avenue B # 1
New York, NY 10009
(212) 388-1990

Blue Hill

Organic, local and sustainable food has been a part of Blue Hill's DNA before we became a society of more conscious eaters. Chef Dan Barber's now famous restaurant is a taste of culinary heaven. If you're feeling adventurous, I suggest hitting the Stone Barns location in Westchester, where you can tour the farm educational center. For brunch, rather than choosing a dish from the menu, just tell your waiter your food likes and dislikes, and the chef will tailor the menu to your palette. Believe all the hype, Blue Hill is one of the best restaurants in America.

Favorites: Everything. You simply can do no wrong. If you can swing it, go for the tasting menu ($72).

Blue Hill
75 Washington Place
New York, NY 10011
(212) 539-1776
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Dos Toros Taqueria

Finally! New York City now has an answer to San Francisco's Mission-style taquerias. Dos Toros is as good, if not better, than the famous "La Taqueria" on 25th & Mission in San Francisco. Dos Toros' ingredients are all locally sourced, including their delicious grass-fed chicken, pork, and beef. They take being green just as seriously as they do their ingredients: they use biodegradable utensils and compost their kitchen food waste. Dinner for two (with a cerveza) will run you less than $25.

Favorites: Crispy Tacos, Burritos (Pork, Steak, Chicken, or Basic), Chips and Guacamole.

Dos Toros Taqueria
137 4th Avenue
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-7300


Photo: Image via Robert Stolarik for the NY Times

If you're going to eat local, sustainable, or organic, you still have to eat breakfast, right? Then Egg in Williamsburg is your place. The owners of the restaurant source from their very own farm located in Upstate New York. If ingredients don't come from their farm, they let you know on the menu. Egg is one of the best breakfast spots in New York City. Period. Did I even mention the sustainable French press coffee?

Favorites: Pancakes, Grafton Cheddar Omelet, French Press Coffee, Old-Fashioned Organic Grits.

135 North 5th Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
(718) 302 5151
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Hundred Acres

Photo: Image via Paul Nathan at New York Post

Another brunch favorite, Hundred Acres was created by the owners of Five Points and Cookshop. You'll find all the ingredients here to be locally sourced and in-season, and a number of great mid-priced options. With spring around the corner, the front windows should be opening up, creating a great open-air dining experience in Greenwich Village.

Favorites: Acres Scramble, House-Made Sausage, Blueberry Pancakes, Grass-Fed Burger.

Hundred Acres
38 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 475-7500


Ortine's husband and wife team, Sarah Peck (a former manager at Schiller's and Pastis) and Steve Guidi (a licensed Acupuncturist) epitomize what it means to run a sustainable and delicious restaurant – as all of their ingredients come from local sources -- in some instances as local as their own vegetable garden. Their blend of comfort food served in a homey atmosphere makes you want to keep on coming back for more.

Favorites: Barbara's Mushroom Lasagna, Rack of Pasture Raised Lamb, Breakfast Pizza, Intelligentsia Coffee.

622 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238-3125
(718) 622-0026

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