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ConnieC May 11, 2013 11:58 AM

What is the best locally sourced restaurant in Manhattan or Brooklyn?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: ConnieC May 11, 2013 08:57 PM

    Not too many farms in Manhattan.

    There's that one in Battery Park (called Urban something or other), and ...?

    All of that said, best bet might be Blue Hill

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      foodwhisperer RE: ipsedixit May 12, 2013 09:25 AM

      I think the local thing is overplayed. Also quite often local is exaggerated and expands for 100's of miles. Sometimes they even lie. I've seen potato chips that say they use "long island potatoes" not true and not possible to use those all the time.
      In any case, North End Grill has pea shoots growing right there in front of you on the counter, i guess that's as local as you can get.
      I personally like my fish from Japan, my oysters from Nova Scotia, my truffles from Italy, my coffee from Colombia etc etc

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        ipsedixit RE: foodwhisperer May 12, 2013 11:19 AM

        I wasn't endorsing the idea of "local" or "locavore" and I agree with you the whole notion is silly, if not downright fraudulent.

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      Hey19 RE: ConnieC May 13, 2013 06:17 AM

      Robertas?
      Parish Hall?
      ABC Kitchen/Cocina?
      Northern Spy?

      I wont jump into the discussion about the locavore trend, but all of these places have some sort of locally sourced ingredients thing going on, do your homework if you want to find out the specifics about each, but they are all headed that direction.

      My views on this trend change daily depending on my mood. Its very nuanced, lots of ways to think about the question, but maybe some of these places will help you decide for yourself.

      1. ipsedixit RE: ConnieC May 13, 2013 06:23 AM

        How can any restaurant in NYC be truly local? For about 3 or 4 months out of the year nothing can be cultivated or grown.

        What do they do in December or January? Shut down because they can't find lettuce?

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          Hey19 RE: ipsedixit May 13, 2013 08:24 AM

          I agree, but some are further out along that spectrum than others, I think ones I mentioned are some of the ones most close to approaching Local.

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