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Jun 29, 2011 04:16 AM

European vegetable and fruit purveyor coming to NYC. Where to eat?

I am a danish chef turned vegetable and fruit purveyor. I deal only with seasonal and locally grown produce. I also employ various foragers and deal alot with leading restaurants in Copenhagen. Soon, I will be arriving in NYC and will stay for 3 weeks. I will be staying in Williamsburg, Brooklyn but will be discovering and dining in the entire city. I would love recommendations, so I can plan ahead a bit. I am interested in restaurant that are fairly vegetable driven, allthough I enjoy good meat just as much. I try to eat as seasonally and "locally" as possible and would enjoy restaurants that emphasise this in their cooking. I plan to eat within at both ends of the budget spectrum. What would you suggest?

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  1. Craft
    Gramercy Tavern
    Blue Hill Stone Barns (especially there -they grow their own vegetables)

    Gramercy Tavern
    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      2nd these, especially Blue Hill at Stone Barns, where you can walk around the farm before you dine.

    2. Dirt Candy
      430 E 9th St, New York NY10009
      (Btwn 1st Ave & Ave A)

      Dirt Candy
      430 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

      1. Overall, I don't think you're going to find many cheap local and organic and sustainable restaurants.

        For meat, look into Takashi.

        For vegetable driven cuisine, look into Kajitsu.

        414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

        456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10011

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        1. re: kathryn

          I think there are a decent number of inexpensive places, though. Slice (a pizzeria) uses organic and mostly locally sourced ingredients and it doesn't look very spendy. I've not tried it, but I do hear good things.

          There's Dirty Bird to Go, which makes pretty decent food at fair prices. It's admittedly not the best restaurant in town, but it's quite good for the price.

          And there's Green Table in Chelsea Market. It can be uneven, but when it's on, it's very good. Prices for many menu items are quite fair. ( The grilled cheese sandwich is excellent and so are all the salads, made with noticeably fresh greens.

          I'm sure there are more...

          The Green Table
          75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1413 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

          Dirty Bird
          204 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

        2. Craft
          Collichio and Sons
          Blue Hill
          Franny's (pizza in Brooklyn)
          Torrisi Italian Specialities
          Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
          Momofuku Ssam
          not local-centric but worth a visit:
          Sripraphai - (Thai in Woodside Queens, great salads)
          Peter Lugar (steak in Williamsburg)
          Dim Sum Go Go (many great vegetable dumplings)

          Momofuku Ssam Bar
          207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          Blue Hill
          75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

          156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          Dim Sum Go Go
          5 E Broadway, New York, NY 10038

          900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

          43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

          Torrisi Italian Specialties
          250 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

          Colicchio & Sons
          85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. Thank you for the many suggestions. I will look into al of them. Just to clear up any misconceptions, I do not mind spending some money as long as the restaurant fits the profile I described. Are thre any local small farms around the city that is worth a visit? I already know about Stone Barns and will definately go there.

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            1. re: kochchen

              You should be able to hook up with local farmers at our Union Square Greenmarket. I'm sure many of them would welcome your visit to their farms. Saturday is the busiest (most farmers) day at the market. Some you might look out for are Keith Stewart, Rick Bishop, Eric Blew. The Greenmarket office I am sure would be helpful to you.

              Union Square Greenmarket
              Broadway and E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: kochchen

                You may find this site of interest. They list some local farms as well as NYC events: