12/19/2012 02:57 pm ET Updated Feb 18, 2013

NYC's Top 9 "Cleanest" New Restaurants of 2012

From acorn-fed, pastured ham to celeb chef-created vegan "fish," scores of new flavors vied for attention at NYC's restaurants this year. We at Clean Plates were especially impressed, adding several of the city's latest restaurants to the Clean Plates Manhattan 2013 restaurant guide.

The following seven made the cut as the year's best, Clean Plates-approved openings, with the tastiest and healthiest organic, local, and sustainable menus of 2012.

NYC%u2019s Top 9 %u201CCleanest%u201D New Restaurants of 2012 from Clean Plates

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Story by Laura Mordas-Schenkein