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Mar 4, 2009 11:14 PM

Some help for an NYC hound?

Hey Guys,
I live in NYC most of the year but I am here for a while and looking for some recs. First of all, I love almost every Thai and taco rec I have found on this board. Even the Thai you guys consider middle of the road has really blown me away. We just don't have real papaya salad in NYC (or at least not usually).

Here's what I'm looking for:

--New or innovative restaurants in Silverlake/Los Feliz. Looking for places that seem to care about their food more than the scene.

--A 'farm to table' place showcasing local and sustainably raised meats and produce

--Along the same lines, a farmer's market with vendors selling grass fed beef or heritage pork

--A bar with very well made cocktails and maybe some small plates

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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  1. For cocktails and small plates, I would reccomend Hungry Cat or Comme Ca.

    Santa Monica or Hollywood Farmer's Markets might work though I'm not so sure about the pork.

    Grace, Josie & Melisse feature local produce - in fact - it seems like most top-tier restaurants in LA use local purveyors. If you want strict farm-to-table you'll need to leave LA and head to the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, or to Manresa in Los Gatos.

    Don't have much on the Silverlake/Los Feliz front but I am certain other people on the board have something to say.

    1. You should try any of the Farmers' Markets in Santa Monica. Super fresh, super variety.

      1. the sunday Hollywood Farmer's Market has a vendor selling beef and pork. Not sure if it's grass fed. There's also a lady who sells Bison, and a couple of vendors who sell really good chickens.

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        1. re: JPomer

          Thank you. Responsibly raised and local is more important to me than grass fed. And yes, there is such a thing as responsibly raised grain fed beef.

          I will check it out this Sunday. I've heard from a few people that they have lots of great stuff there.

          Thanks again.