Northern Spy Food Co.

511 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009 Directions
Today 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM Open All Hours
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    American, Traditional, Organic, Cafe, Continental
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Price
  • Hours
    Sun 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    Mon-Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    Sat 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    American, Traditional, Organic, Cafe, Continental
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
  • Alcohol
  • Parking
  • Delivery
  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Catering
  • Good For Groups
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The vast majority of the fresh ingredients that stock the Northern Spy Food Co. kitchen come from the restaurant's neighbors—Orwashers Bakery crafts their crusty rolls less than five miles away, Blooming Hill Farm harvests their organic fruits and vegetables upstate, and Blue Moon Fish catches their seafood off of Eastern Long Island each day. The restaurant's inventive chefs fold the locally sourced produce, dairy, and meats into a menu of artisanal dishes, taking imaginative approaches to classic home-style cooking techniques. True to their sustainable ethos, they also strive to waste no part of the animal they're serving—past dishes have featured pork belly, pig's foot, and even headcheese, with each creation lauded as "remarkably succulent" by The New York Times and "quite splendid" by The Village Voice.

Out in the dining room, diners thump glasses of local brews on tables fashioned from former bowling alley lanes. Soft lighting illuminates recycled hickory-board floors and wood-panel walls foraged from lumberyard leftovers. In the back of the restaurant, a retail store peddles local artisan granola, pickles, and preserves.

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New York City Restaurant Guide

New York’s oldest restaurant might also be its most innovative. In 1838, when “eating out” in New York meant eating whatever was on hand at the local boarding house, Delmonico’s revolutionized the city’s dining scene by giving patrons something they had never had before: a menu. Soon, high-profile patrons such as Theodore Roosevelt, Napoleon III, and the Prince of Whales were dropping by to try new, never-heard-of delicacies such as eggs benedict and baked Alaska, solidifying New York City’s place as a culinary capital of the world.

Of course, you don’t have to be royalty to eat like one in New York. Manhattan is as renowned for its humble food trucks as it is for its upscale establishments, ensuring diners can enjoy a bite of the Big Apple, no matter their budget.

Fine Dining

Today, New York City’s restaurants continue to set the standard for refined dining. At Midtown’s Per Se, it’s hard to say what dazzles more, the signature “Oysters and Pearls” appetizer––Island Creek oysters paired topped with sturgeon caviar––or the Limoges china it arrives on. In the West Village, rich fabrics, fireplaces, and candlelit chandeliers inspired Zagat to proclaim One if by Land, Two if by Sea “devastatingly romantic”. Though pricey, the three-course prix-fixe menu provides a taste of black bass tartare, beef wellington, and a chocolate-caramel pot de crème by award-winning pastry chef Ilan Ades. A James Beard Award distinguishes the chef at The Modern, where roasted diver scallops and ravioli stuffed with veal sweetbreads are served in full view of the MoMA sculpture garden.

Middle of the Road

New York City is ripe with restaurants that walk the line between haute cuisine and hot dog cart. At Five Napkin Burger, gruyere and rosemary aioli top the signature sandwich that first tempted diners at Upper West Side hot spot Nice Matin. The latter also showcases reasonably priced French dishes such as escargot and hanger steak au poivre. In the East Village, Momofuku Noodle Bar, tops Japanese ramen with sumptuous pork belly or spiced Sichuan sausage and parties of four or more can reserve a dinner that pairs Southern- and Korean-style fried chickens with mu shu pancakes, veggies, and four sauces. Still hungry? Try a slice of history at Lombardi’s, the 100-year old establishment widely lauded as the birthplace of New York-style pizza.

Casual Eats

Whether it’s a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery or a potato knish from a sidewalk cart, many of New York City’s best eats are grab-n-go. For a truly moveable feast, track down the Wafels & Dinges food truck, which Zagat named the city’s best in 2010 for its waffles topped with BBQ pork or nutella. Of course, no guide to New York’s restaurants would be complete without a stop at one of its world-famous diners and delis. Try Brooklyn’s Mile End Delicatessen for classics like smoked brisket on house-baked rye, or grab a counter seat at East Village staple Stage Restaurant to sample homemade corned beef hash and pierogis with fried onions.

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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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