I saw a review of Northern Spy a few years ago when it opened, and it was on our list for our next visit to NYC from Portland, ME. Glad we made it: for the style and type of place, it was really excellent. SO, her niece, and I were there early on Friday p.m. since they don't take reservations; service was excellent throughout. For aps, SO and niece throughly enjoyed the kale salad with almonds, and my bluefish rilette was outstanding. The entrees kept the theme of simple, deep flavors going: roasted cauliflower was well-browned and rich; potato gnocci nicely skillet browned; and the dish of the evening was a special, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms served over lentils w/ leeks. Coming from a "farm to table" restaurant scene in Portland, we particularly appreciated the fresh flavors of everything we ate. Beers and wine list is limited, but more than adequate, and pricing is very moderate for high-quality food in NYC. Definitely recommended.
Northern Spy Food Co.
511 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009