The 10 Best Greenmarket Restaurants in NYC
Nothing makes us happier than traipsing through a Greenmarket in full swing (we've been known to skip as well) checking out the rhubarb, fresh lettuces, asparagus, and, of course, ramps peppering vendors' tented tables. And while our frolicking inevitably leads to some great purchases, we'd much prefer to leave it to the professionals when it comes to fully expressing the flavors of a fiddlehead fern. Here are the 10 best Greenmarket restaurants in NYC, our favorite restaurants for celebrating the bounty of a fruitful harvest.
Zachary Feldman Blue Hill Stone Barns, sister restaurant to Blue Hill Back Forty
10. Back Forty West, 70 Prince Street, 212-219-8570
In 2011, Greenmarket godfather Peter Hoffman closed Savoy, his downtown fine-dining destination for seasonal American cuisine, after an impressive 20-year run. Citing a dining culture that had moved toward championing a more casual experience, he chose to open a second branch of sibling restaurant Back Forty in its place (this one with a decked-out smoker). And while Hoffman underling Shanna Pacifico -- who had been the chef since Back Forty West opened -- departed recently, the restaurant continues the market-driven aesthetic with luscious smoked pumpkin hummus, lamb schnitzel, and Norwegian skrei cod served in a lemon broth.
9. Martha, 184 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-596-4147
Andres Valbuena and Melissa Gorman have created an Asian-inflected Fort Greene restaurant whose roots as a supper club lend the space a cozy, infinitely charming atmosphere. The kitchen's use of herbs to brighten dishes is especially beguiling, as in a salad of shaved celery accented with sesame oil, pungent yuzu, and the rarely seen rice paddy herb, which tastes of spiced citrus.
8. Brucie, 234 Court Street, Brooklyn, 347-987-4961
Italian cuisine gets the greenmarket treatment at this Cobble Hill trattoria with a daily-changing menu from chef Zahra Tangorra. Brussels sprouts are thrown for a loop with chickpeas, bacon, tuna conserve, and marcona almonds, and a porchetta is anointed with luxardo cherries and duck sausage. Every Wednesday is "breakfast for dinner," with weekly specials like cheddar waffles with chicken liver butter.
184 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY
234 Court St., Brooklyn, NY
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