Riverpark Farm 430 E 29th St. 1st Ave & FDR Drive
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The ubiquitous farm-to-table movement is turned on its head by one venue risking to take the table to the farm. The teams at Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark restaurant and the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences have transformed a stalled construction site into a working urban farm, and one lucky table lies amongst the produce. A party of approximately 12 can dine al fresco on a wooden porch under tent-like umbrellas as 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers, nestled in milk crates, line the deck. Alongside the freshest meal imaginable, patrons enjoy the sweet smell of chocolate from a cocoa shell mulch. Thank the stars above (literally), they can’t hear or see the nearby FDR Drive. Odds are if Old MacDonald had this farm, he would enjoy a little less oink oink here and a little more Pink Condor (pisco, Thai basil, watermelon and lime, $11) there, as well as a sensory overload of rural bliss.