Two San Francisco transplants who are not buzzy McNally-partner Nate Appleman opened a low-key American spot and food shop in the East Village yesterday called Northern Spy Food Co. Like Appleman, co-owner Christophe Hille also hails from A16 (his partner, Nathan Foot, worked at Myth). Their seasonal menu champions locally sourced ingredients and sustainable meats, and eggs, poultry, and fish will overshadow limited beef and pork options. To drink: draft and bottled beers like Kelso, Sixpoint, and Smuttynose, domestic and imported wines from small producers, housemade sodas, and Northern Spy Cider to fit the theme.
The boys did their homework at Brooklyn Flea on the retail side. Expect McClure's Pickles, Liddabit Sweets, and Early Bird Granola, but also cheeses and grains from upstate. With limited seating and all dishes under $13, they're aiming for a strong takeout and delivery business, and will also stock prepared foods to go. Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight, and a special weekend brunch menu debuts November 21. Click through the slideshow to see the West Coast crew's new home, and preview the opening menu below.
Northern Spy Food Co., 511 East 12th St., at Ave. A; 212-228-5100