The Back Forty

26th July 2009

I’ve wanted to check out The Back Forty for months. Like most of the restaurants I try to eat at these days, The Back Forty serves local, sustainable food, and it’s VERY reasonably priced. This week I finally had the opportunity go, and it was just as fabulous as I thought it would be! My friend Jess and I started with drinks at the bar (wine comes in lovely little milk bottles!) and then sat in the back dining room for dinner. I started with a great butterhead lettuce salad with garlic scape dressing and croutons. For dinner Jess had the burger and I had the grilled heritage pork t-bone with sauteed mushrooms and creamed spinach. For dessert we shared fresh donuts with a berry jam. Everything was AMAZING! I think I’d eat there everyday if I could.

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New York Magazine also wrote a great review, which sums it up perfectly: “You can’t toss a parsnip these days without hitting a local and seasonally minded menu. But if anyone deserves credit for championing the Slow Food movement early on, it’s Peter Hoffman, the Alice Waters of Soho, who’s been running the restaurant Savoy since 1990, and who can be seen on Greenmarket days tooling around on a converted wheelbarrow-bicycle of sorts loaded down with luscious local produce. He brings his sustainably minded style to Avenue B, where he and his chef de cuisine, Shanna Pacifico, prepare family-friendly fare like Catskills trout, a grass-fed burger, and apple-cider doughnuts. More casual than Savoy, with main courses averaging $15, it’s the sort of spot you’d drop into for a seasonal cocktail or a glass of North Fork wine at the recycled-pine bar.”

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Definitely my new favorite NYC dining spot! Lovely images via New York Magazine.

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