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The best farm to table NYC restaurants

Delicious and nutritious, farm to table NYC hotspots are known for delivering taste with a local, eco-friendly flair

By Kirby Stirland, Allie Early, Danielle Valente and Time Out editors

Farm to table NYC eateries prove that amid subways, skyscrapers and concrete, people crave the flavor and nutrients of natural ingredients—even if there isn't a farm in sight. 

Don't be fooled by any misconceptions or labels. Some of our favorite family restaurants and New York pizza slices are among locals' go-to farm to table restaurants. We're always willing to have a pie at Roberta's or a savory brunch at Friend of a Farmer! We definitely don't need any convincing. 

While you're out exploring—catching new exhibits, visiting cool family attractions—hunger is bound to set in. Stop and recharge with a bite to eat one of these farm to table NYC restaurants. Dig in!


Best farm to table NYC restaurants

1. Roberta’s

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Pizza Brooklyn

Share a pie with the family at this Bushwick pizzeria that offers everything from the classic Margherita ($16) all the way to more adventurous selections like the ShroomsDay Device ($19) with taleggio, oyster mushrooms, picked onions, scallion, black pepper and cream. Picky eaters can create their own pizza masterpiece with over 20 different toppings to add to their pie ($1–$5 per topping). Roberta's garden and radio station catapult the venue to one of the best outdoor restaurants NYC could ask for—and one of the most unique. 

The Good Fork
Photograph: Beth Levendis

2. The Good Fork

Restaurants Contemporary American Red Hook

Chef and owner Sohui Kim was at famed Manhattan farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill before she established this Brooklyn hotspot. Kids will enjoy the pork dumplings at this laid-back Brooklyn eatery even more after watching them being made in the semi-open kitchen. Locavore bonus: The Good Fork sources the produce for its Korean-inspired dishes from a nearby Red Hook farm.

Photograph: Virginia Rollison

3. Rosemary's

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian West Village

This Italian trattoria features simple favorites that'll appeal to kids, including focaccia with house-made mozzarella and penne with marinara.  Veggies, herbs and other fresh ingredients come from the restaurant’s very own rooftop garden, which means the food on your plate is always local and in-season. Naturally, kids are free to spice up their meal with sweet Italian cookies for dessert! Be advised: Rosemary’s can draw quite the evening crowd, and the restaurant only take reservations for parties of eight or more.  

4. The Farm on Adderley

Restaurants Contemporary American Brooklyn

For a family-friendly spot with tasty dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, this Ditmas Park spot is a great choice. The kids’ menu features tried and true favorites like grilled cheese, burgers and buttered egg noodles (all $9). Meanwhile, the adults can enjoy a seasonal cocktail or taste local beer selections.

Photograph: Courtesy Lot 2

5. Lot 2

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American Brooklyn

Wind down the weekend with Sunday supper at this homey, cozy Park Slope eatery. The weekly prix-fixe meal ($30 for adults, $12 for kids) features a rotating menu of family-friendly dishes crafted from local ingredients, like beer-can chicken, salad and coleslaw. Add the kid-friendly mac and cheese and Funfetti cake for dessert and it’s like a gourmet backyard barbeque with no cleanup required. The regular menu—served Tuesday through Saturday nights—features dishes like an heirloom tomato salad ($12), hanger steak with green beans and mashed potatoes ($26) and a peanut-butter-and-jelly-inspired ice cream sandwich ($5)—a dessert kids are sure to love.

Friend of a Farmer
Photograph: Jael Marschner

6. Friend of a Farmer

Restaurants American Gramercy

That farmer must be raising fowl. No less than seven poultry entrées are on the menu at this comfortable spot, including turkey meat loaf and a chicken breast stuffed Christmas-goose style and served on a slice of lemon bread. On your way to the dining room, take a gander at the pastry case: chocolate-peanut-butter pie, brown Betty, fruit tarts. Daily specials feature fresh fish and pasta dishes like portobello-mushroom lasagna. Daily breakfast and a popular weekend brunch—which includes a kids' menu of grilled cheese, scrambled eggs and mini pancakes—keep the farmer’s hens a-laying. 


7. LIC Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Long Island City

This Long Island City restaurant serves market-driven casual fare for breakfast and lunch, and sells its house-made sauces, jams and pickles in a small retail area. Have little ones in tow? The buttermilk pancakes, BLT and grilled cheese brunch options make the meal especially enticing to families.

8. Foragers Market

Restaurants Delis DUMBO

With an emphasis on farm-to-table dining for each meal, Foragers provides healthy, tasty dishes in its Chelsea locations When it comes time for breakfast foods, your littles will most likely opt for eggs or waffles with a mixed berry marmalade (and a dollop of whipped cream). For those who are in a rush but still want to opt for something nutritious (albeit quick), stop by the Foragers vendor at Dekalb Market Hall or shop at the markets and choose from an array of local and sustainable goods. 

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