Eating Local without Eating In

Since moving to the City nearly two years ago, I’ve often heard people say that one of the best things about living in New York City is the food. Mediterranean in Fort Greene, dumplings in Chinatown, Indian food in East Village, and pizza, well everywhere! What’s not to love?

However, please know that my decision to eat more fresh, local food has not stopped me from enjoying everything this wonderful city has to offer! However, when you want to eat out while eating consciously, here are a few of my favorite suggestions.

Dig Inn

With locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the quick-service farm-to-table restaurant is making a name for itself by creating delicious food with the seasons. This company operates from strict principles to serve the community, support local food producers, and create delicious food with humans in mind.

My Favorite: Charred Chicken Marketbowl with Farm Greens, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Grilled Heirloom Apples


Now a New York staple, Sweetgreen exists to provide “simple, seasonal, and healthy food” on the go. All their ingredients are sourced from places like Ward’s Berry Farm in Maine and Full Belly Farm in California. In addition, menu items are changed seasonally to keep your salad fresh.

My Favorite: Kale Caesar (No Romaine + Apples)


If you’re looking for a delicious burger without gross fillers, look no further. Bareburger, with locations in all five boroughs, works with local communities to provide organic, all-natural, and delicious burgers across the country.

My Favorite: SoCal Burger + Sweet Potato Fries

61 Local

This quaint Brooklyn restaurant is one of my newer finds. Using the ingredients from The Youth Farm, Local Roots NYC, Joe Coffee, and Hot Bread Kitchen, 61 Local is all about creating space for food, community, creativity, and collaboration.  Enjoy a quaint weekend brunch with friends or stop by on a Saturday night for local eats with live music. This New York gem truly has something for everyone!My Favorites: Pork Tacos or Three Bean Chili


New Yorkers, now it’s your turn! What are your favorite locally minded spots?


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