Eating Out Locally and Ethically Is Easy!

Chef Wylie Dufresne (Cropped from original pic...

We Still Love You Wylie!

Last week eater posted an interview that Wylie Dufresne did with big think. One of the points that he touched one was his opinion that the ‘farm to table’ movement was misleading since restaurants of a certain caliber should be expected to use the best and freshest ingredients around, which are almost always what is locally sourced no matter where you are. Interestingly, the underlying annoyance that he had about being pigeon-holed or perhaps about a chefs food being broken down into it’s parts and not a product greater than the sum of its parts may be partly valid, and I wish that we lived in a food environment where that “pshh, of course I’m using the freshest most ethically raised ingredients, why wouldn’t I?” attitude didn’t fall into the category, or at least near the border of cavalier.

As someone who is struggling to weed out all industrial foods from her diet and who does in fact worry about where the piece of meat, or fish or cheese served to her comes from I’m not quite comfortable with relying on the notion or assumption that just because I think a restaurant is a good one that it is serving me sustainable food, especially when it comes to seafood. The good news is that there is an absolute plethora of restaurants to eat at in NYC ranging from the well-known to obscure and from quite expensive to not so expensive that source their ingredients locally and ethically. This is just the beginning of a long list. Did I miss your favorite? Let me know about it and I will add it!

Gramercy Tavern

Momofuku’s ( all locations)


Back Forty


Angelica Kitchen

Northern Spy

Blue Hill

Cookshop, 5 Points, Hundred Acres




The Green Table

The Red Head

Il Buco

Candle Café

Candle 79

Pure Food and Wine

ABC Kitchen

Gotham Bar & Grill

Mas (farmhouse)


Rouge Tomate


The Wright

Park Avenue (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring)

Market Table

Eleven Madison Park


Per Se




Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar


Little Owl


Brasserie Les Halles

Locanda Verde

Del Posto


The Spotted Pig

Butter Restaurant


The River Café

Le Bernardin




2 Comments to “Eating Out Locally and Ethically Is Easy!”

  1. I had a fantastic meal at Prune last weekend. It’s an old favorite. The summer menu was full of local products.

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