Northern Spy Food Co.

Address: 511 East 12th Street, New York City, 10009, United States
Telephone: 212-228-5100

- Mid-range

4.4

One of the best locavore havens in the entire city.

No, it's not a spy agency. Named after a New York apple, the Northern Spy Food Co. prides itself on serving only organic, free-range and locally sourced meat, produce and herbs, hence it's reputation as a locavore haven.. The result is innovative, seasonal fare that is hearty and filling and yet never weighs you down.  

Food and drink
4.6
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Service
4.3
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4.4
90%
Location
4.3
90%

Food and drink

Everything is sourced from local purveyors. Owners Christophe Hille, Nathan Foot and Chris Ronis support small farmers and it shows in the quality of the food. The menu changes with the season and with the availability of the items. The restaurant offers a good selection of craft microbrews and organic wines. 

Recommended dishes

Since the menu changes regularly, some dishes I've tried once haven't been on the menu that often. Regardless, I suggest the roasted chicken with lemon and natural jus. My friends like the heritage pork meatballs.

Ambience

The space uses reclaimed timber as well as recycled furnishings. The dining tables were made out of bowling alley lanes. The crowd is quite young, but they are a sophisticated bunch as the food is so good. 

Service

Service is attentive without being obsequious. I really think the waiting staff are very well trained and no matter what, they always have a smile. 

Location

On 12th Street in the East Village. This is a much quieter area than Avenue A or 1st Avenue, which can get a bit to boisterous at times. 

Price advice

The menu is very fairly priced. Dinner for two will set you back about $50. Lunch and brunch is a bit cheaper, about $40 for two.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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