It’s not some cheesy spy-themed restaurant. It’s a type of apple. Northern Spy, in The East Village, was started in 2009 by Christophe Hille, Nathan Foot, and Chris Ronis. It prides itself on the principles of Slow Food which means that everything is always fresh and seasonal. One may not need to eat like this all of the time, but they should most of the time. It is more than just a health issue, it is an environmental one as well.
The Slow Food Movement, founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, is the ultimate alternative to fast food. It gives prominence to farmers and combats the globalization of agriculture. With over 100,000 members in 132 countries it promotes small businesses, sustainability and local agriculture.
Restaurants like Northern Spy are a great example of how the restaurant industry can improve their impact on their environment on both a local and global level. I’m often appalled by restaurant business practices, the waste they produce and the massive PR they do to counteract all the negative crap they put out there. It seems like it would be easier to just do it right the first time – and I’m not just talking about fast food restaurants.
Oh and Northern Spy makes some pretty amazing food as well.
Northern Spy Food Co.
511 East 12th Street
(between Ave. A and Ave B)
New York, NY 10009
homemade caramels from Liddabit Sweets