Best new neighborhood joint in Manhattan: Northern Spy Food Co.

  • Chicken-and-egg sandwich (Photographs: Jolie Ruben)

  • Kale salad

Chicken-and-egg sandwich (Photographs: Jolie Ruben)

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The phrases farm to table, reclaimed wood and locally sourced are thrown about with great regularity in New York's back-to-the-land restaurant scene. Cheap, however, is not. You chose Northern Spy Food Co. as your favorite new Manhattan neighborhood joint for several good (and wholesome) reasons: The dishes on the oft-changing menu, such as the diabolical yet delicious chicken-and-egg sandwich—a pan-fried thigh with an oozy egg on a panino roll—are constructed of sustainable ingredients. The wood-paneled space, quaint with painted wainscoting and a tiny general store within, is as comfortable and cute as a regular spot should be. And hardly any food item costs more than $15, which means you can go back again and again. Northern Spy Food Co. 511 E 12th St between Aves A and B (212-228-5100)