Back Forty

Back Forty

(Now Closed)
American Restaurant$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJuly 7, 2012
    Crab boils take place every Tuesday night. They dump a mountain of spiced crabs onto newspaper wrapped tables with side dishes. Wash it down with pitchers of beer. Summer fruit cobblers for dessert. Read more
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin StrandbergJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    For brunch - always try the donut. Enjoy indie-rock from ~2009 and thank yourself for indulging in a great music vintage. Mid-afternoon, grab a cocktail at the bar and take it to the garden out back.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 11, 2012
    Head over to the garden at Back Forty to get boiled, hit with hammers, torn to bits and snacked on along with corn bread, fresh corn, boiled new potatoes, string beans and fruit cobblers Read more
  • Eliza K.
    Eliza KNovember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The entrees can sometimes be pricey (around $24 for fish), but they are plate-licking good. Go to favs are the burger ($12), specialty cocktails, and freshly made donuts. Definitely get the donuts.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMay 31, 2012
    Nothing says summer like a good, ol' fashioned crab bake. Feast on Back Forty's Chesapeake Crab Boil every Tuesday night starting on June 5th. Make sure to reserve in advance on their website!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 3, 2013
    Local, sustainable, and meaty. The Sunday pig roast is the star and has become someone of a legendary dish here, but excellent food comes out of this kitchen all week long.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 4, 2013
    Entrees can be pricey and miss the mark, but small plates here are always a hit, and half price drinks during happy hour make it an ideal spot for dinner at the bar.
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence LenihanApril 22, 2012
    Been twice to prince at location. . Really great. Not a place to start your diet. Amazing smoked bits, brisket sandwich, burger. Braxilian fish stew is crazy good. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Dens
    DensJanuary 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Every wonder about the name? In the 1800s, a "quarter-section" farmer would own two "front 40s" & two "back 40s" of land (as in "40 acres" x 4 = 160 acres/farmer x 4 farmers = 640 acres = 1sq mile)
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 30, 2011
    Don’t miss the weekly Crab Boil Games every Tuesday night - an entire evening to cracking, licking and sucking the delicious flavors out of Blue Claw Crabs.
  • L. Curry A.
    L. Curry AycockMay 25, 2013
    Bring good company. make sure its a sunny day. Sit outside. Chicken and waffles. Burger. Donuts. All is the bomb!!!! Excellent chill Saturday brunch spot. Easily a fav.
  • Red F.
    Red FabbriMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    A meat-and-starch lover's heaven. Local butchery, farm-style sides, and great cocktails. Rich and delicious and boozy, from brunch to late-night burgers.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 19, 2013
    The grass-fed burger on an Orwasher potato roll with heritage bacon and Cabot cheddar is a winner for chef Eduard Frauneder.
  • Desiree G.
    Desiree GouldAugust 17, 2014
    Everything is amazing but my favorite meal ever is the ratatouille – an understated but incredible dish! Also, be sure to get the donuts for dessert, they're delicious.
  • Jeremy J.
    Jeremy JacobowitzOctober 23, 2014
    Really interesting cocktail menu! Had their burger with cheddar and a fried egg! Really delicious. Also don't pass up the quinoa cauliflower dish!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 30, 2014
    A $50 ticket = a pile of spiced blue crabs, corn on the cob, new potatoes, string beans and corn bread, plus fruit cobbler for dessert. Read more
  • Katie F.
    Katie FlynnJanuary 5, 2012
    Start with a Back Forty to drink. Get the brussels sprouts, peel & eat shrimp, and the pork chop. Drink a Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot with the meal.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroNovember 6, 2014
    The brick chicken here is a winner. Very tender and juicy - a must try! End your meal with the pumpkin cheesecake. Both were incredible!
  • Becca M.
    Becca McArthurSeptember 26, 2014
    Try the grits with maple chipotle butter. Perfect balance of sweet & savory, so no need to deliberate over pancakes vs. eggs!
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 7, 2010
    On June 15, $42 scores spiced blue crabs, sides like buttery taters, beans, corn, & seasonal fruit cobbler. Beer isn’t included but towels are, so grab one & get in there before tickets sell out. Read more
  • Neha J.
    Neha JambhekarSeptember 29, 2013
    One of the best brunches I've been to in the city and very affordable! Try the baked egg and polenta. Definitely going back.
  • Stephanie Paige M.
    Victory Brawmeister Pils (if on draft) or Buffalo Trace bourbon plus a medium rare burg w the works. Sit at bar. Best. Good jams.
  • Talisa C.
    Talisa ChangMay 26, 2012
    The burger is just OK. The fried poached egg sandwich is unusual and tasty, and the cookies are really good, as is the house loaf.
  • David B.
    David BanAugust 19, 2014
    Great happy hour deals on their understated cocktails. Snag a couple seats at the communal tables in the bar area.
  • pinsuda s.
    pinsuda sagooleimSeptember 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    2-course Sunday/Monday prix fixe dinner is fantastic. Chilled corn soup and the best fried chicken I've had in quite a while. Read more
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettDecember 14, 2011
    they offer a whole suckling pig good for 10-12 people - comes with 3 sides (bread, greens, beans) + 2 appetizers and dessert for $600.
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithSeptember 28, 2011
    delicious. try the trout. and the "hearty" green salad. for dessert, GET the donuts. plus? the drinks are simple and strong.
  • Mark F.
    Mark FrizzellMay 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Sunday night bartender is the douchebag people used to move to the East Village to get away from. Great, you have a beard, you're still an elitist cock. Take it back to billyburg. They miss you.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCJuly 14, 2011
    N-Sider Rachel, The Fabulous Foodie, says Back Forty is the perfect spot for al fresco dining in the NYC summer heat. Ask to be seated outside in their open backyard.
  • Chophel N.
    Chophel NamgyalDecember 24, 2012
    Goat cheese plate is very good! Pork jowels good! Pork chop and Brussell sprouts with Yuca fries!
  • Robert G.
    Robert GurdianMarch 6, 2010
    Go to Back 40 on a sunny day and sit in the back patio. Combined with the food and beer, it feels like you are grilling out - but better. When available, I get the appetizer with the honey comb
  • Nikki B.
    Nikki BogopolskayaJuly 22, 2014
    On Mondays, happy hour lasts all night at the bar: grab half off drinks and head to the secret garden in the back for hour meal.
  • Greg B.
    Greg BarilaFebruary 11, 2012
    The Paradise Cocktail is pretty frackin delicious. Pear brandy, pear liqueur, gin, lemon, prosecco
  • Melissa K.
    Melissa KnificMay 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the specialty drinks... the strawberry margarita with black pepper is amazing. Food is also very good - and fresh. Want to go back and try the burger.
  • Sandra Dubrov
    Sandra DubrovMay 20, 2013
    The burgers are fantastic! Be sure to snag a table outside.
  • Francesca K.
    The drinks are great. Try the tequilla flower. The food was...tiny. Get the pudding for dessert.
  • Megan H.
    Megan HodgesMay 14, 2011
    Wow, great burger! The farmhouse cheddar is great and I really loved the texture of the sesame seed bun.
  • Jane D.
    Jane DongAugust 15, 2014
    Braised brisket and yuca hash was great. Brunch ends at 3 pm on Saturday though
  • Ben F.
    Ben FishnerNovember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Better deal for brunch than dinner. Otherwise, sit at the bar and eat small plates for dinner.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DuckorOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come on Monday night and sit at the bar, where happy lasts all night long (half priced cocktails and wine).
  • anonymous g.
    anonymous guyApril 23, 2011
    I've lived in NY for almost all of my 35 years and have NEVER been greeted by such an arrogant pr!@k as the self stated "partner" Jeremy who was working as host. First he refused to add our party of
  • John T.
    John ThrasherJuly 3, 2014
    Dinner menu is either $5-$10 appetizers or $42 entrees. After a $400 bill with a group they tell us they only accept 2 cards for payment forcing us to leave in the pouring rain to use an ATM.
  • Ezra G.
    Ezra GildesgameMay 23, 2010
    When eating outside, you may wish to avoid the large table in the back since it's surrounded by a playground which may contain screaming children playing dodgeball.
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary BlankMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best everything. If they have the cherry butter brussel sprouts get them.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GordonAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dependably delicious and seasonal. If the Kale Caesar Salad is on the menu, get it.
  • Karina O.
    Karina O.January 20, 2014
    Losers get seated first. No really. Hostess saw I was by myself, and moved me to the top of the Waitlist. Got a table too. Not just a place at the bar.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 19, 2014
    Weekly crab broil every Tuesday until the end of August. Need we say more? Read more
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin StrandbergJune 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Always always always get to doughnuts. Great to split just for a taste. Never disappoint!
  • Mandy T.
    Mandy TraegerFebruary 16, 2013
    Great service. food is excellent.. try the 'beef 2 ways'..
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin ArtsJanuary 6, 2012
    The gunslinger is good but strong. Also, the Amish chicken is tender and juicy but the accompanying vegetables are a bit salty.
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