The third annual NYC Wildflower Week is in full swing through Sunday. The event promotes indigenous plants — including wildflowers — and showcases how crucial they are to local biodiversity. In addition to free botanical walks, garden and green roof tours, planting events and eco-salons, New York City chefs will be cooking with these indigenous (and in-season)?plants. Here’s a rundown of restaurants that have signed on to get “wild.”
The Green Table
75 Ninth Ave., 212-741-6623
Green Table, known for cooking what local farms produce, will be serving a wild vegetable tempura, in which wild ramps and fiddlehead ferns, along with other “domesticated” spring vegetables, make an appearance.
39 Downing St., 212-255-1790
MAS?(farmhouse) changes their menu daily, but will be utilizing indigenous and local plants for their specials.
Pure Food & Wine
54 Irving Place, 212-477-1010
Try a sweet violet herb and orange salad at this raw, vegan restaurant.
605 Carlton Ave., Brooklyn
This Prospect Heights hot spot will feature nightly specials with native New York plants such as ramps and fiddlehead ferns, including a spring onion soup with ramps.
246 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn
ICI’s showstopper is a braised spring lamb shoulder with Brooklyn-made caviatelli, baby artichokes, ramps and pea shoots.
Vesta: Wild Tastings
21-02 30th Ave., Queens
Even Queens is getting in on the wild action. Try their spaghetti with charred ramps and sheep’s milk ricotta special at this neighborhood restaurant.