190 Avenue B, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.727967 -73.979258
Sat 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am
Sun 11:30am-3:30pm, 6pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Alphabet City, East Village, Downtown
Back Forty is a delicious, yet inexpensive way to support sustainable-minded farmers and an excellent chef. Plus the backyard, when not overcrowded, is one of the best summertime spots for dinner.
The back patio is like a scene out of Sex and the City. Make sure to stop by for 1/2 price drinks during happy hour.
A sequel to Soho's late, lamented Savoy, Back Forty represents chef Peter Hoffman's doubling down on the idea of local, sustainable cooking. Back Forty takes a southern take on the idea, with a wide smattering of tasty pork, offal, and garden vegetable treats, including some that even East Village diners aren't always ready for. (They serve pork jowl nuggets as a bar snack, for instance.) There's a garden and a great burger and plenty of bourbon for the non-adventurous.
Rock solid – I have to disagree with the other post. My recent and first visit to Back Forty was a nice encounter. Loved the burger. The chicken a friend ordered was dripping with flavor. What they're doing with the side veges was new and a nice change! The fries rock. All the food was market "fresh". Price of our meal was not bad at all. You have to consider the "quality" of the food they're serving. Great ambiance. The service was genuine and welcoming. I'm glad I know this place. There is no doubt when I'm in the area I will return to this restaurant. . Oh, and by the way, excellent drinks.
Great Concept, Mediocre Execution – We went to this place because it's right around the corner from us. The restaurant seems to have a relationship with a farm and features such items as "grass fed burger" and other such sustainability-conscious items. Although the menu of mains is small, we were attracted by the reasonable prices: $9-$20 and the tasty-sounding veggies on the side. I ordered a resonably priced draft beer because I was disappointed to find that wine ran $9 a glass (although a generous portion). While the atmosphere was not bad, the real disappointment came with the food. The half-chicken was incredibly dry and seemed to be more so because of the dusty seasoning. There was no side at all save for a few shreads of limp parsley. My friend's burger was much better, but again, having to order a side seperately just seems a bit stingy. So we ordered brussel sprouts with cranberry butter and wow, were these the disappointment of the night. The small dish featured a small handful of tiny brussel-sprout halves that had been burnt bitter. The butter that came on top both cold and hard. Although the brownie and ice-cream was very tasty, it's difficult to mess that up. All told we still left paying close to $70 for a very mediocre meal. I could have gotten a whole rotisserie chicken and a side of rice and beans at La Isla for a mear 7 bucks.With all the great and inexpensive restaurants in the area, I can't see how this will stick around. I would suggest beers at the bar and appetizers (some squash tempura looked tasty) and that's it.
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