Snail of Approval

Welcome to the Slow Food New York City Snail of Approval website, a directory of the restaurants, bars, food and beverage artisans, and stores and markets that, because of their contributions to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food supply of the City of New York, have been awarded the SFNYC Snail of Approval.

Establishments must be in business for a minimum of 1 year to be considered for the Snail of Approval.

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About the Snail of Approval

In order to help guide New Yorkers and visitors to food that is good, clean and fair, Slow Food NYC awards the Snail of Approval to those producers, purveyors and artisans who contribute to the Quality, Authenticity and Sustainability of the food we eat and the beverages we drink in the City of New York.


Quality is fundamental—food must taste good and be good for us. Quality includes: the freshness and wholesomeness of ingredients; the care and craft with which they are handled; the quality of life of consumers, producers and their neighbors. It is a standard of Quality based on food that is good, clean and fair.


Authenticity means that the food is true to its source. Natural products free of additives are true to themselves; local, seasonal foods are true to their time and place; heirloom varietals and heritage breeds are true to their evolutionary history; traditional foods are true to their cultural heritage. Authentic foods come from and contribute to ecological and cultural systems that are good, clean and fair.


Sustainability means that we must pay attention to the consequences of how we produce and distribute food. We must be good stewards of the environment in which we live; we must protect the biodiversity on which we depend; we must be humane to the animals we raise, fair to the people we employ, and we must insist that high quality food be available to all. Sustainability means reducing all the negative consequences of making food – it means using processes that are good, clean and fair.


Anyone may nominate any food or beverage provider that serves the NYC community, and that contributes to the Quality and/or Authenticity and/or Sustainability of our food supply, by filling out and submitting the SFNYC Snail of Approval nomination form to the SFNYC Steering Committee (potential recipients may not nominate themselves); a coordinator selected by the Committee will vet the nominees and forward appropriate nominations to the Steering Committee; the Committee will then select the recipients. Recipients will receive Snail of Approval decal(s) to be displayed, and will be listed, along with a description of their products and services, on the Snail of Approval page of the SFNYC website.


Click here to download the Snail of Approval Media Kit.

The Snail of Approval Producer Matrix

SFNYC has expanded the Snail of Approval program to include the entire supply chain. Through the, Snail of Approval Producer Matrix, SFNYC has signed formal partnerships with like-missioned organizations to form a coalition around our wholesome efforts. Click here to learn more about the Producer Matrix.