Northern Spy Food Co.

When the mood strikes for vegetables, we often can't decide which is the lesser evil: the endless lines at ABC Kitchen, or the overly preachy feel of Angelica Kitchen. Then we remember our safe haven: Northern Spy Food Co. This cozy East Village spot is something of a vegetable guidance counselor, coaxing apples and celery root to be their very best selves. And for the carnivores, a recent dish of Maine red shrimp with sausage and zucchini was splendid. See our previous coverage.