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Dec 24, 2008 09:56 AM

Humanely raised beef restaurant?

I've been searching hi and low for a restaurant that serves beef that have been humanely raised. Does anyone know if there's a NYC source of "free-range" (= room to move around even if not outdoors) beef, that's not shipped to market or slaughter--all done on the farm and with minimal terror at the end? Organic would be nice, but not essential for me.

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  1. several NYC restaurants listed here...

    also, Brandt beef is in California, but they are one of the most highly regarded natural beef companies, and they supply quite a few NYC restaurants...

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      1. Zaitzeff on Ave. B has organic burgers, I believe, though I don't know if the beef is also humanely raised. I've only had the chicken sandwich there, so can't vouch personally for the burgers, but I've heard good things.

        I checked the menu of Cookshop on a hunch. It has grass-fed NY strip, and many places do have grass-fed (and perhaps therefore free-range) beef. Craftsteak, for example, offers both corn- and grass-fed beef. I'd call these places to see how exactly they're raised, besides what they eat.

        And please do report back!

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        1. re: JulesEV

          i can vouch for Zaitzeff. Great place.

        2. I walk by this place frequently, and they have sign touting their "naturally raised" beef. I've never eaten there, but it may be worth checking out.

          1. Cookshop has great beef as does their sister restaurant Hundred Acres. Savoy in soho sources from local farms. Fortunately, there are not a lot of huge agriprocessor/feedlots near NYC so if the beef is natural and local, it's likely to be processed in a small facility.

            I understand the burger at Spotted Pig is also grass fed and from 'happy cows' but it sounds like you might be looking for steak and I'm not sure about the steak there.

            Good luck and please report back!