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The best farm-to-table restaurants in NYC for families

Eat super local, eco-conscious fare without the kids getting sour at these tasty NYC farm-to-table eateries

Photograph: The Green Table

Eating fresh produce isn't just a privilege of country folk; here in the concrete jungle, there are plenty of chic farm-to-table restaurants that'll serve up seasonal fare you and the kids will both enjoy. While you're out and about tackling our list of 50 things to do in New York City with kids in the fall, hit up our favorite green eateries for some healthy and delicious meals.

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Flatbush Farm

The stroller-pushing denizens of Park Slope and Prospect Heights flock to Flatbush Farm for rustic, American fare made with local ingredients (like fruit from Stone Ridge Orchard in upstate New York and meats from Fleischer’s in the Hudson Valley). Your kids will probably prefer to order from the bar menu, which features an after-school classic with a twist: grilled cheese with tomato fennel soup ($10). 76–78 St. Marks Ave between Flatbush and Sixth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-622-3276, flatbushfarm.com)

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Roberta’s

What kid doesn’t love pizza? At Roberta’s in trendy Bushwick, they can happily chow down on simple Margherita ($13), while you devour the likes of the Beastmaster ($17), piled with mozzarella, Gorgonzola, sausage and capers. Produce is grown in the restaurant’s own greenhouse, and the honey comes from on-site beehives. Grab tickets to a garden tour (Thursdays at 6pm, $10 at brownpapertickets.com) to give little ones a behind-the-scenes peek at what’s on their plates. 261 Moore St between Bogart and White Sts, Bushwick, Brooklyn (718-417-1118, robertaspizza.com)

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Bell Book  & Candle

Bell Book & Candle

This quaint and cozy West Village eatery combines urban agriculture with farm-to-table cuisine. Case in point: the Living Leaf salads ($7–$12), made from greens grown in the hydroponic garden up on the restaurant’s roof. In fact, the rooftop farm supplies the majority of the produce served at Bell Book & Candle. Ask for a sneak peek, and it may be enough to convince the kids to eat their vegetables. 141 W 10th St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl  (212-414-2355, bbandcnyc.com)

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The Good Fork

Chef-owner Sohui Kim was at famed Manhattan farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill before opening this laid-back Brooklyn eatery. The menu, which features Korean-inspired dishes, includes produce sourced from a local Red Hook farm. Kids will enjoy the pork dumplings ($10), which will taste especially good after they see them made in the restaurant’s semi-open kitchen. 391 Van Brunt St between Coffey and Van Dyke Sts, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-643-6636, goodfork.com)

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Greensquare Tavern

Greensquare Tavern

Dining at this Flatiron District gastropub, you can be sure that the produce on your plate came from a trusted local farm and that the meat and poultry are hormone-and antibiotic-free. That policy extends to the special kids’ menu, which includes grilled chicken with fries, and macaroni and cheese. Dips such as hummus, artichoke and feta-and-olive are made for sharing ($20). 5 W 21st St between Fifth and Sixth Aves  (212-929-2468, greensquaretavern.com)

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Rosemary’s

West Village trattoria Rosemary’s crafts Italian fare with veggies, herbs and other fresh ingredients from its very own rooftop garden. For the kids, there is a special menu featuring focaccia with house-made mozzarella ($6), penne with marinara ($9) and Italian cookies ($4) for dessert. Tip: Arrive before the hunger pangs hit—there’s usually at least a 30-minute wait for a table. 18 Greenwich Ave at W 10th St (212-647-1818, rosemarysnyc.com

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Rockaway Taco

Rockaway Taco

Going to the beach—and all the intense sand-castle building that goes with it—can really work up an appetite. Refuel at this much-loved shack. It’s famous for its fish tacos ($3), made with battered tilapia and spicy mayo, but little taste buds may prefer the simpler cheese quesadilla ($4) and fresh juices (watermelon, pineapple). The majority of the ingredients come from local sources, such as the Meat Hook and nearby Edgemere Farm. 95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd at 96th St, the Rockaways, Queens (347-213-7466, rockawaytaco.com)

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The Farm on Adderley

The Farm on Adderley

This farm-to-table stalwart has been serving New American fare made from fresh, local ingredients to the good people of Ditmas Park since 2006. The kids’ menu features classics like grilled cheese, PB&J, organic hot dogs and even tofu (all $8), because this is Brooklyn, after all. The tagliatelle with peas ($17) will appeal to kids and grown-ups alike, and the peaceful backyard is a great place to indulge in a local beer alongside a house-made burger. 1108 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (718-287-3101, thefarmonadderley.com)

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The Green Table

Browsing the shops at Chelsea Market is a great way to spend time with the family, and there are plenty of tasty options nearby when lunchtime rolls around, but for organic, local, sustainable dishes, the Green Table gets our vote. While the menu changes daily to reflect the market’s freshest offerings, regular kid-friendly staples include comfort-food classics like chicken potpie ($18) and mac and cheese ($16), along with root-beer floats ($8) for dessert. You might even steal a bite or two! Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (212-741-6623, 
cleaverco.com)

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Lot 2

Wind down the weekend with Sunday supper at this homey joint where the weekly prix-fixe meal ($30 for adults, $12 for kids) is served from 5pm and features a varying lineup of dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. A recent menu offered a salad of Snug Harbor lettuce and Hearty Roots cucumber with creamy mint dressing, beer-can chicken and coleslaw. Add the mac and cheese and kid-friendly Funfetti cake for dessert, and it feels like a gourmet backyard barbecue—with no cleanup required. 687 Sixth Ave between 19th and 20th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-499-5623, lot2restaurant.com)

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