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After 26 years on the corner of Prince and Crosby Streets, I am moving away from a bricks and mortar involvement with the restaurant business. July 16th will be our last day of service for Back Forty West. My interests have evolved over the past decades and so I am shifting my efforts beyond day-to-day operations of a food service business to work on broader food and agriculture issues. Since its inception Susan and I strove to build a passionate community of neighbors, patrons, employees and suppliers. We succeeded. That community has sustained us in myriad ways and we are deeply grateful. We are also proud of the cooks and service staff we mentored, of all the dollars we committed to purchasing local or sustainable ingredients, and of the memorable meals we cooked and orchestrated for thousands of diners who share our aesthetic and social values. These efforts have indelibly altered the food economy, shifted how we think about food and made us all healthier and happier people.

In addition to any activist work you might find me involved with, look forward to curated events, pop-ups, and more published prose from me. It’s not that running a restaurant is any more challenging today than it was when we took over an old luncheonette on a crack vial strewn block of not-really Soho in 1990, I am just less stimulated by the prospect of meeting those challenges. Writing a food memoir and deepening my relationships with the activist food community is what I have set my sights on.

Please stop by for a Back Forty cocktail or a meal and share some memories with us. Or post it on Fb. We’re happy to hear from you in any form. A la Carte Dining

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Private Dining

We take reservations for parties of all sizes.  For small parties, please call at 212.219.8570 and book a table.  For parties of 6 or more, Back Forty West offers family style tasting menus served on large platters.  We offer same day a la carte reservations for larger parties based on availability.  We have farm tables that can accommodate up to 22 guests and our upstairs dining room can accommodate up to 45 guests.  A party larger than 45 would require Back Forty West to close to the public for a private event.  If you are interested in such an event, please call 212.219.8570 and speak with a manager.  Thanks again for considering Back Forty West for your event.  Click here to download a PDF describing the variety of parties and feasts available.  For additional questions please call 212.219.8570 or email us.