Forager’s City Grocer, Chelsea
May 11th, 2012
There’s a new kid in town … an amazing organic grocery market and restaurant called Forager’s City Grocer in Chelsea. The sister space to the Dumbo, Brooklyn location, everything inside the market is sourced from their local farms or made fresh daily on premises. They have a meat counter and prepared foods kitchen with fresh soups, salads, roasted veggies, house-cured pastrami, roasted chicken and herb-roasted porchetta to die for.
Cruise towards the back and you’ll find cheeses, olives, cured and fresh butchered meats and a full line-up of local and organic dairy products like yogurt, cream, butter and milk. Forager’s City has plenty of spices, honeys, jams, imported pastas and other cool gourmet items. And in the front, you can’t miss the coffee bar and dessert counter with freshly baked cupcakes, croissants and unique-flavored glazed donuts like Hibiscus and Blood Orange.
The restaurant inside the market has a clean design with an open kitchen and bar, high tables and stools and lots of natural lighting. The cuisine has an Asian flair, offering brunch, lunch and dinner. All the menu items are created with local, organic ingredients, house-cured meats and fresh veggies straight from their farm. It has great salads such as raw day-boat salad with yuzu koshu and crushed lemon oil and fermented tea leaf salad with dried shrimp, sesame, peanuts, crispy garlic and split peas. Or try the wok-tossed berkshire pork short ribs or crispy whole prawns with chiles, prickly ash and green onions.
Brunch is also served with deliciously fresh omelettes, buttermilk biscuits and gravy, cinnamon french toast, house-smoked pepper bacon and house-made quinoa granola with fruit. And don’t miss the Forager’s wine store attached to the market next door where you can find organic wines from all around the world.
The Chelsea location has also launched the debut of their expertly handcrafted cocktails along with a menu of beers and eco-minded selected wines on tap. The new, eclectic cocktail menu was designed by head bartender Aaron Polsky (also of Amor y Amargo). The menu is heavily influenced by the market’s hyper-locally foraged produce and seasonally inspired house-made syrups and infusions. Some of the cool new cocktails to try are:
- Gordon’s Healthy Lunch — Dorothy Parker Gin, Foragers Farm spicy baby lettuce juice, lime, meyer lemon oleo saccharum
- Doug’s Spring MP — Tequila Pueblo Viejo Blanco, rhubarb, tarragon, raspberry shrub, soda
- Bruschetta — Thai basil and sun-dried tomato-infused Absolut 100 Vodka, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, tomato water, Bittermens Hellfire Shrub
- Wisconsinite — Johnny Drum Bourbon, blood orange Oleo Saccharum, Bittercube Cherry Bark bitters
Forager’s City Market, Chelsea
300 W. 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
—Kristen Hess, Author of The Artful Gourmet