The Gr-Eat Outdoors
by Julie Besonen, 06/05/2013
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
190 Ave. B, 212-388-1992, East Village, Manhattan
Is this Avenue B or Bridgehampton? The young crowd at Back Forty looks ready for the beach, convening parties around big farmhouse tables and out back in the garden. It's an animated cloister that's the epitome of relaxation; during the day it can be sunny enough to work on your tan. Year-round this New American restaurant is good for burgers, baskets of rosemary-dusted fries, craft beer and cocktails, but what makes it special all summer long are the Tuesday-night crab boils. The $45 feast includes a pile of beer-steamed blue crabs, market vegetables, stone-ground cornbread, fruit cobbler and, of course, pitchers of beer. All seating is communal and reservations are taken online the week prior. Owner Peter Hoffman is a farmer whisperer, so you can also expect a wide variety of salads and sides that are locally harvested and pesticide-free whenever possible.