After making the trek over to East Village for M’s haircut at the Blind Barber, we realised that we were not truly away from the hustle and bustle of Times Square. Everyone seemed laid back and there was an eclectic mix of NYU students, trendy mums, musicians and the elderly (and a few random tourists walking around with a Lonely Planet fold-out map like us. Having been in a state of loss after realising our Abercrombie & Fitch jackets fitted in no more at this vibrant neighbourhood, our friendly barber pointed us along to their local favourite Northern Spy Food Co.
After making a few wrong turns, we stumbled upon the cosy and humble looking restaurant. They describe themselves as a small farm-to-table restaurant, and it’s great to see a menu that is built around predominantly locally sourced products. For those interested, check out this link for where there produce is locally sourced from: http://www.realtimefarms.com/restaurant/northern-spy-food-co
They also take their philosophy of sustainability one step further by incorporating as much reclaimed and repurposed materials in the restaurant’s design as possible. For example the wallpaper and light fixtures were made from finds on eBay and leftover bins, and the tables shown above were restored by the restaurant from salvaged bowling alley lanes! The attention to detail and sustainability is also echoed in their food, which furthermore promotes a balance of sustainability, warmth and healthy-eating.
Feeling ready to try the whole kale salad hype that seemed to be happening around us at the time, I decided to order the Kale Salad with an extra two baked eggs (+$3). Seriously one of the best salads I have ever had – who knew kale could taste so good! Wait who knew salads could taste so good. The salad consisted of bite-sized kale pieces, mixed through with cheddar, sweet potato chunks, almond slices, pecorino and all topped with two runny baked eggs. Once on the table (and after taking the photo), I hurriedly pierced the egg yolks with my fork and my-gawd it is so satisfying watching the egg yolk run all over the kale – coating it all with a shiny sheen of yolky goodness.
M ordered the biscuits and gravy that was presented in a lovely homely and cute fashion. It consisted of two home-made fluffy buttermilk biscuits, served with juicy pork sauce pieces in a thick gravy (and a side salad to balance it all out).
All the staff there were warm and friendly, and the food was fresh and creatively prepared with a conscious. M even admitted to enjoying the kale salad (which I never would have previously thought possible since he is all Mr meat-carb-meat).
Northern Spy Food Co.
511 East 12th St NYC
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