Northern Spy Food Co.
511 E 12th St
(between Avenue A & Avenue B)
New York, NY 10009
Another brunch post! This time a little less “alternative” than Hummus Place and Maharlika, but still not quite the traditional brunch like Prune. I was so intrigued about this place because of its name. Northern Spy Food Company… a restaurant that serves food for Russian spies?
Not quite… quite the opposite actually. Northern Spy Food Co. is a homey little restaurant that is named after a New York apple called the Northern Spy. The wooden furniture and delicate flower patterned wallpaper work together to evoke a warm countryside setting. We ordered the buttermilk biscuits ($5) with apple butter to fully immerse ourselves in the wholesomeness. The apple butter was amazing actually seemed like it had more apple than butter – definitely homemade. It certainly didn’t need any more butter because the biscuits came out warm and super buttery. The slight tartness of the apple butter melded very well with the biscuit. I was very pleased!
L.C. and I both ordered the Kale Salad ($12) with cheddar, sweet potato, almonds, pecorino, and two baked eggs (+ $3). Kale seems to be the new “it” vegetable. It is popping up in all the NYC restaurants as sides or salads. Then again, is it only because I just started noticing the vegetable? Or is it really showing up everywhere… Kale is in the cabbage family and apparently contains a lot of sulforaphane, a chemical with anti-cancer properties, and indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA cell repair and helps block the growth of cancer cells. Woot! With all the cancer research craze going on, it would make sense that this vegetable is gaining popularity. It is also very fibrous (I was so full after this salad!!) and really gets your digestive system going, like… really really does. If that isn’t enough, Kale also gives a healthy dose of vitamins A, C, and K (a cup with 180%, 200%, and 1020% of our daily intake respectively). If you understand the Chinese concept of heat, or 上火, Kale also helps to cool your body down, or 清火.