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Socially Responsible Take-out and Delivery?

Like a lot of people, I'm trying to be more conscious about what I eat. But I don't do a lot of cooking: I do a lot of ordering out.

As far as I can think of, Bark Hot Dogs is the only reasonable place I can do take out and actually feel ok about the sources of the ingredients. (And there I can't call in an order or get delivery, so it's not quite what I'm looking for.)

(It's not lost on me that there's something sort of wrong about not wanting to be alienated from the source of my food, and yet wanting it to show up fully prepared on my doorstep. But I'm tired at the end of the day.)

Are there other places anyone can recommend? (I'm really looking for things in the north Park Slope / Prospect Heights area, but I'm interested in things all over.)

Is there a restaurant listing site that focuses on this? It seems like there ought to be, but the closest thing I've found so far is the Brooklyn Snail of Approval listing from Slow Food NYC, and there doesn't seem to be anything there that fits the bill.

Is responsible eating still such a niche market that this really doesn't exist?


  • Some could criticize you for eating meat, saying that doing so requires the killing of animals. Not that I care, but it goes to show that anyone can criticize any business for any reason if they really want to.
  • Bark VEGGIE dogs are one of the yummiest foods in the world.

    What about one of those mail-order food companies where they deliver 3 meals each day?
  • I'm a little confused by your question. Are you interested in eating local (ie. knowing that your food is being grown/produced within a given distance from where you live) or are you interested in the ingredients themselves (knowing that your food is fresh vs frozen, not processed, etc.)?

    I would think that the second is easier to suss out than the first. Really it would just be a matter of making the rounds to your local eateries on the weekends or whenever you have a moment and talking to the chef about what is being used in the food.

    The first is usually much harder to figure out. Many of our local restaurants use suppliers to get their goods. Folks tend to forget that Brooklyn is an island and with the exception of foods that are grown/produced on Long Island, everything else has to be shipped here, with some items requiring multiple forms of transportation (ship/truck and rail/truck being the most common). Large food wholesalers tend to get items from various suppliers so some food may be local, some national, and some international. Again, you'd have to ask at individual restaurants to get a better sense of where they get their items from.
  • I'm interested in locally grown (where my definition of local allows for upstate and New Jersey farms), organically grown, fresh, in-season, grass-fed (for beef), ecologically sound.

    I found a handful of New York spots (but none in Brooklyn) at lists Alchemy, but it's not clear why.

    Still looking ...
  • This may help you. It went out to the Bed-Stuy parents group:
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  • homeowner wrote: Folks tend to forget that Brooklyn is an island and with the exception of foods that are grown/produced on Long Island, everything else has to be shipped here, with some items requiring multiple forms of transportation (ship/truck and rail/truck being the most common).
    Correction- Brooklyn is a part of Long Island. 8)
  • Spoken like a non-Brooklynite...

    Everyone knows Long Island is part of the island of Brooklyn!!! :D/
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