Free-range chickens, hormone-free cattle and rows of organic produce probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think about New York City. But even though The City That Never Sleeps is famous for mammoth skyscrapers, Lady Liberty and an impressive docket of Broadway shows, it is also home to an ever-growing list of chefs and restaurateurs who are passionate about sourcing local, seasonal ingredients when designing their menus.

Our recommendations for quality restaurants in the Big Apple could go on for days, but here are five of the top farm-to-table dining experiences you need to have on your New York City bucket list. 

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Blue Hill Restaurant

75 Washington Pl., New York, NY 10011

Photo courtesy of Facebook/Blue Hill Farm

If you want to experience a rich and satisfying meal created by one of the strongest advocates for ethical farming and seasonal eating, look no further than Blue Hill Restaurant in Manhattan. Chef and co-owner Dan Barber is the genius behind each menu, working directly with local farmers to develop unique grains and produce for his award-winning eatery.

While customers will find inspiration in the detail and craftsmanship that goes into creating each visually stunning plate, the most impressive aspect of these decadent dishes is where they come from. Featured in the popular Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table, Barber believes the farm-to-table movement is more than a passing trend; it’s a way of life. That’s why he partners with neighboring purveyors like Halloran Farm and Samascott Orchards to support local businesses and cook with only the finest and freshest ingredients available.

See more: How a Chicago Chef Transitioned From Big-City Cooking to Rural Growing

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