On average, your food travels nearly 1500 miles between the farm where it is grown and your refrigerator. An easy way to cut down on your carbon footprint and eat fresh products is to shop local. You don’t have to stay in the kitchen to have a locally grown meal, here are our picks for enjoying local produce and ingredients while dining out in New York City, Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey.
This Flatiron favorite is split into two restaurants. For a more upscale dining experience head upstairs to order fish by weight and have it de-boned and served table side. Downstairs relax in the laid back BLT Fish Shack and enjoy lobster rolls and clam chowder. Some find the prices to be too high, though we hear the fresh fare is worth the extra cash.
This modern neighborhood spot serves up Italian fare and we hear brunch is the time to stop by. Try the fresh ciabatta or seven-grain sandwiches.
This large Flatiron hangout is considered by some to be an NYC breakfast institution. Don’t leave without trying the homemade pretzel-croissant.
Chef Carmen Quagliata’s menu serves American cuisine with an Italian flair, using fresh ingredients from the local farmer’s market. Don’t forget to check out the award-winning wine list.
Brooklyn natives are well aware of iCi’s rotating brunch and dinner menus tucked away in a converted brownstone. Head over to this Fort Greene hideaway for fresh local ingredients. We hear service can be a little slow, but the food is worth the wait.
This tiny Park Slope favorite serves up local American fare. Check out the brunch menu too, but be sure to get there early to avoid the lines.
This open kitchen design complete with garden dining offers a chance to watch your food being prepared. Some say the minimalist menu could use some variety, but we hear the Monday night all you can eat mussels and fries are a must.
La Flor Bakery & Cafe
53-02 Roosevelt Ave.
Woodside, NY 11377
For an exotic take on traditional Mexican fare head to this tiny neighborhood hang out just below the 7 train. We hear the relaxed atmosphere offers reasonable priced dishes. Stop by for brunch too.
The Riverdale Garden Restaurant
4576 Manhattan College Parkway
Bronx, New York 10471
This revamped garden hangout serves up unique American fare. Enjoy the dinner-only menu in a large garden but expect Manhattan prices.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
This pioneer in the “farm to table” restaurant concept is a locally grown foodie delight. Prices are high and reservations are scare, but if you’re lucky enough to snag a time slot, expect a 3 hour feast. Dinner choices start at five courses for $108. Drive through Stone Farms and check out your dinner’s ingredients on your way to the restaurant.
Enjoy the views and relaxed decor at this buzzing Port Jefferson spot. All menu ingredients are organic and be sure to check out the extensive wine list and prix-fixe menu deal.
Mirabelle Tavern Restaurant
We hear the French influenced menu features a cheese plate worth checking out. Cozy up to the fireplace with your choice of lager in this rustic neighborhood tavern.
562 Allen Rd.
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
This little sandwich shop and bakery features sandwiches, salads, soups, homemade ice cream sandwiches, cupcakes and more. We hear it’s a bit pricey for portion sizes, but the fresh ingredients are worth the cost.
29 Hulfish St
Princeton, NJ 08542
Be sure to try the basket bread dipped in olive oil and check out the bar scene. Enjoy the modern decor, but expect Manhattan prices.