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Northern Spy Food Co.

American Restaurant

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Northern Spy Food Co.74.5
brunch • parsnips • excellent food • the corned beef hash

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  • Photo of Edible Manhattan
    3 years ago
    The kale salad is our desert island dish.
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  • Photo of Samo Miller
    3 years ago
    Tasted at Just Food
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  • Photo of Russell Alexander
    Try the Kale salad. You won't regret it.
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  • Photo of Charles M
    4 years ago
    Seasonal American
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  • Photo of Nic Brown
    4 years ago
    The kale salad that launched 1,000 kale salads. This kale salad is made with raw lacinato kale, crumbled Cabot clothbound cheddar, roasted squash, toasted almonds, and pecorino.
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  • Photo of Raja H
    4 years ago
    Half off all cocktails on Monday
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  • Photo of Gansevoort
    4 years ago
    Try the Kale Salad or Buckwheat Waffles for a tasty start to the day.
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  • Photo of nicolez258
    2 years ago
    Everything from start to finish was superb. Food was amazing make a reservation and do yourself a favor and come!!!!! Service was above and beyond.
  • Photo of David C
    2 years ago
    Recently had brunch here with my dad and had a really pleasant experience. The staff were friendly, and really efficient at managing a busy brunch service. The menu had a few nice surprises - we shared the sticky pork roll with parsnip glaze for starter and thought it was really nice. The corned beef hash was really good, and the eggs with each dish were perfectly cooked. Whatever you're getting, I'd definitely recommend a side of the maple pork sausage - it was absolutely packed with flavour and is a perfect thing to share as a side to your main. My only criticism is that I thought the portions would have been a bit bigger for the cost. Flavours were great, and it's really nice to see a menu that isn't your standard brunch menu, but I was still a little hungry when I left.
  • Photo of Michael S
    2 years ago
    This restaurant on the lower east side has a wonderful ambience, excellent service and generous size salads and entrees- all perfectly prepared- with reasonable prices for NYC.
  • Photo of APM617
    2 years ago
    Went on a Sunday evening. Called ahead to be sure of low risk of wait. They held a booth for us. Great meal in very pleasant surroundings. Attentive service. Decent (not cheap) prices. They are part of the 'Slow Food' movement with fresh farm to table food. We will return and hope for a table next time!
  • Photo of anih225
    2 years ago
    This place was my go-to favorite LES standby when I needed a great meal, quiet place, and good wine. Definitely worth a visit, sometimes hard to get in with no reservation.
  • Photo of MomWaller
    3 years ago
    We started with oysters and the beef tartare. Both were fresh with great sauces. The yuzu gave the beef an extra dimension, making it one of the best beef tartares I've tasted. The Fleisher's pork with a sweet glaze was tender - a difficult feat for any pork dish. My warm squid salad was perfect as an entree, with the greens piled on top so they weren't wilted by the warm squid. Great balance of favors. The leg of lamb was a disappointment, tho, with shredded lamb mixed into the rice instead of the anticipated chunk of lamb. Service was warm but not intrusive. Tables are small, but it was possible to carry on a conversation even with the restaurant crowded. Highly recommend reservations.
  • Photo of Dorian20100
    3 years ago
    I read interesting reviews about that place, and really wanted to try. Managing restaurant in the city for quite a while i love to learn from other places, so it was a great idea, which ended up not so great after all. 1-Service Slow, in at first, not so busy night. Waited to get water served. Then we asked for two appetizers to be served at the same time, of course it did not happened. The waiter was extremely nice to offer my GF to taste different wine. This was appreciated. 2- Knowledge of the menu Our waiter did not know the type of veggies served with the Trout she ordered. And, when the fish was served, she got sick immediately and ran to the bathroom. Waiter has been kind enough to ask if she wanted anything else, and she nicely refused and say it is ok, but mentioned that if she had knew the ingredient was in it, she would not have ordered that dish. 3-Poor management skills Because the fish has been returned untouched, we asked for the check and to our surprise the fish was on the bill. I understand we need to pay for the cost of the raw material and eventually the skills of the chef, however by being in the customer service, you should know better. Obviously you don't. 4- Chef skills Well, we had one small bite (oyster chowder) and one appetizer (squid salad); both were outrageously salty. Those were terrible and we ended up not finishing any. Main course: besides to the trout issue. i had the pork dish which was not very exciting with no creativity. I do not recommend this restaurant for the point mentioned. I recommend to be more humble in your cuisine and not trying to be "fancy" because you can't. Customer service is the key of our industry and i am fighting for it daily, because i care. You don't. I am sure people love that place and i am still wondering why.
  • Photo of Kendall B
    3 years ago
    Immediately impressed with this locally sourced, flavorful restaurant. They placed a curtain at the front of the restaurant, giving it a mysterious, comfortable feel once inside. The Pork Sticky Rolls are a unique, savory-sweet combination. Loved all of their kale combinations - particularly the Egg Begley Jr. Sandwich. It is clear that they put original thought and fresh ingredients into their dishes. I'm a huge brunch lover, but this place has raised the bar - definitely my favorite for a NYC morning!
  • Photo of 821TOMCAR
    3 years ago
    We were at the northern spy food for brunch on a Sunday. The place was full as most of the bars and restaurants offering brunch within the same area. The atmosphere and the decor were quite pleasant, offering a rustic and rather intimate kind of feel. Unfortunately, the quality of the food, it's presentation and the service rated very poorly. The brunch menu is not extensive. There is rather small selection of dishes and combinations one can choose. We asked for signature dishes and were introduced to the kale salad (very trendy proposition within the city these days!) and the beef corn has with potatoes and poached eggs. Both courses were presented with serious lack of imagination and taste. The kale salad had no dressing at all, a mere collection of greens and crushed almonds with little if no cheese. Two solitary poached eggs were served on a separate plate. The corn beef was basically non-existent. A plate with some potatoes, and bits of beef. We asked for some bread and olive oil. It almost took 15 minutes to be served. It was not the most expensive place where I had lunch, and definitely not the best. I will be interested in knowing what their dinner menu is like - really, not just on the menu. A nice place as the norther spy food deserves better reviews and a more enjoyable food experience.
  • Photo of pkeenan
    3 years ago
    Had an really great meal at this restaurant. The name comes for a variety of apple. Solid wine selection and excellent service. Just make a reservation before you head out. Plenty busy and packed each and every night but worth every penny.
  • Photo of Travelling54
    3 years ago
    This was one of my favourite restaurants in New York while visiting. Enjoyed our food a lot, especially the kale salad is great.
  • Photo of reprof
    3 years ago
    On a recent visit to the city, we ate here twice, once for Sunday brunch and once for a late (3:00 p.m.) weekday lunch. The fairly small menu is thoughtful, a bit quirky; it was the farm-and-garden-fresh tastes that got us back for the second visit. Among the standouts: a savory “sticky” bun with pork instead of cinnamon with its parsnip-mustard “frosting.” We came early for Sunday brunch, watched the room fill up with young folk, and after tarrying over coffee while our server made no move to rush us, felt a bit embarrassed when we saw the line that had formed outside. But on a weekday afternoon, we almost had the room to ourselves and could tarry without guilt, simply enjoying flavors as fresh and crisp and tart as a northern spy, an apple that is almost impossible to find today but that all her life was my mother’s favorite.
  • Photo of canuck_at_large
    3 years ago
    This was our second visit to the Northern Spy and it was disappointing (sadly, because our first visit was great). The staff was friendly but our server seemed to have no knowledge of the dishes and had to go to the kitchen with each question. Two of our dishes were so bad we couldn't eat them ("crispy" = deep fried terrine - avoid). Nicely, they did not charge for these, but I would have rather just had a good meal and paid in full.
  • Photo of easgalaxy
    3 years ago
    Delicious (enjoyed the lamb), fresh,clean food, good atmosphere, calm and able to talk to my companion.
  • Photo of Walter W
    3 years ago
    Tiny, out of the way, reasonably priced, interesting and appropriatly priced wine list. 6 of us had a variety of appetizers, entrées, and desserts. All were really interesting and very tasty. Will return soon.
  • Photo of TravelerAF
    3 years ago
    Had dinner with family there and everything was exquisite from the taste to presentation of the food. I actually go to Northern Spy anywhere from 2-3 times a month. As a local I know this place would not disappoint and thoroughly enjoy the seasonal changes to their menu. Again great place for brunch/dinner I always leave very happy.
  • Photo of artisanware
    3 years ago
    This is a small restaurant with very good food. It's deceptive because they offer things like pork rinds, duck fat fries, crackers and butter...a lot of pork. However, the food is absolutely delicious. Unusual combinations like:kale hash, poached egg, chimichurri; concord grape mimosa; Charred Leeks fingerlings, creme fraiche, mustard seeds; Sunchokes fennel, clementines, black garlic. BUT, I REPEAR, THE FOOD IS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!
  • Photo of natraliam
    3 years ago
    We found this place on tripadvisor and thought we would give it a try as the menu looked interesting. A small trendy casual place, buzzing with groups of friends catching up on a Sunday, some tables are shared - quite packed in!. It was hard to choose from the menu so we shared the corned beef hash and the kale salad (butternut squash, pecorino, almonds, lemony dressing (I've been recreating this at home!)) - both yummy!. We arrived and they were very busy so we booked a table to return in 20 minutes - we returned in 15 minutes and there were lots of people waiting and he'd already given our table away so we did wait ages, which was frustrating and the service was ok but quite rushed but if it's good, it's busy?. So all in all nice style, interesting menu, tastey food..... I'd go back (but maybe when less hectic!)
  • Photo of southforker39
    3 years ago
    A tad expensive, particularly wine. Interesting, rather "evolved" menu. My tastes are a bit more traditional. Small tables, tight space, not so comfy. Dark. Good service.
  • Photo of trueblueinny
    3 years ago
    Very good new American food fit for locavore foodies. The space is tight and small, but he services quite good and the menu broad enough to cover a variety of tastes. Having draft cider is a definite draw.

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