Slow Food came to America in 1989 with the mission to counteract the fast food culture, specifically in regards to the loss of regional food systems. To help encourage local chefs to source their food sustainably, Slow Food NYC came up with the Snail of Approval. The program highlights restaurants and businesses that use regional farmers and local products whenever possible. And some of the more delicious restaurants in New York City are on board.
Still one of the best restaurants in New York City, despite being nearly 20 years old.
It didn't take a NY Times bestseller for New Yorkers to know about Prune--it's homestyle cooking has been a favorite for years.
Dan Barber's cooking has officially shown a generation of chefs that you can have a spectacular menu that works with the seasons and local farms. And then win awards and do TED Talks.
Most people focus on Egg's perfect biscuits or crispy fried chicken, but I love that they also have their own farm: Goat Fell in Oak Hill, NY.
Jimmy's No. 43, tucked down below street level, is great for beer, delicious nibbles, or shooting the breeze with Jimmy himself.
Back Forty is a delicious, yet inexpensive way to support sustainable-minded farmers and an excellent chef. Plus the backyard, when not overcrowded, is one of the best summertime spots for dinner.
The relaxing and cozy Northern Spy is tucked away on quiet East 12th Street where you can enjoy seasonal menus full of delicious things. I recommend stopping by for an unhurried lunch.
Mary Cleaver is a revolutionary for us sustainability people, and The Green Table proves that even wine bars can get in on the movement.
The bastion of good, clean eating for decades, Angelica Kitchen is the go-to for most vegans, vegetarians, or those who want to eat responsibly.