Back Forty

Back Forty

190 Ave. B, at 12th St., New York, NY 10009

This spare yet cozy East Village joint, endearingly decorated with old agricultural implements and populated by bearded neo-bohemians, is the brainchild of Peter Hoffman, who was championing sustainable agriculture at Savoy long before the current farm-to-table trend swept up New York. A main course here—say, a grilled Catskill trout with cilantro salsa—will set you back less than a cocktail uptown, while sides run to such marvels as fingerling potatoes strewn with translucent shavings of lardo, or parsnips in a tangy anchovy sauce. The restaurant's claim to fame is its succulent grass-fed beef burgers topped with Heritage bacon and/or farmhouse cheddar. A small, focused wine list showcasing boutique producers, and freshly fried cider-glazed doughnuts complete the scene.

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