Local produce is hot right now, Padma hot. Start up the bandwagon, hop on board, drink some Blue Point and eat some pigs that grew up in Dix Hills.
This trend brings us to East Village favorite Northern Spy Food Co., which popped up in 2009 around the corner from Infatuation HQ and prides itself on serving, you guessed it, local meats and produce. Our nterest was piqued when Eater posted Chef Nate Appleman’s tweet saying he had his “best meal of 2009″ here. This is a chill spot, and Norther Spy succeeds in establishing a country home vibe. It’s set up as both a sit-down restaurant and a take-out market. Think of it as Westville light with a smaller menu (that changes every week) and hotter waitresses. Northern Spy is also a solid local hang with a very reasonable price point. It’s not necessarily a destination restaurant, but if you live in the hood, it needs to get into the rotation – if only to grab a beer poured from the taps that protrude from the wood paneled wall. We feel that.
Chicken & Egg Sandwich
The best thing we’ve eaten here, and we’ll be coming back for this nice sized $10 sandwich of chicken thigh, poached egg, arugula and the sauce that put this over the top, chimichurri. Love chimichurri, it goes well with all kinds of meats, not just skirt steak.
Slow-whisked scrambled eggs
This bowl of eggs is perfectly soft and enjoyable. Add hot sauce for an even better breakfast experience. The potato flat bread that accompanies it is amazing and the house-made sausages are solid too.
This small watercress salad wasn’t really our style. It’s more like a bean salad of pickled radishes, black beans and feta with a small pile of watercress on the side.
A nice sized, juicy hunk of Fleisher’s pastured pork smothered in gigante beans and finished with some rosemary and thyme. At $15, this was the most expensive dish on the menu and well worth it.
Red Quinoa/Brussels Sprouts/Fingerling Potatoes
Similar to Westville’s “Market” section of the menu, Northern Spy offers an assortment of fresh sides you should pay attention to. We sampled the quinoa, which was good, not great. Brussels sprouts with bacon are a hip side these days, and we highly recommend them here. We also really enjoyed the fingerling potatoes with Dijon mustard and garlic.
Northern Spy Apple Pie
Northern Spy’s namesake comes from an apple and their signature dessert is a permanent fixture on an ever changing menu. We just wonder why it’s served cold as opposed to warm. It’s still quite tasty and the whipped cream was awesome, but we generally like our apple pie heated up.