The Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval is a designation given to restaurants, bars, food and beverage artisans that contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food supply of the City of New York

The full Snail of Approval Directory is coming soon! In the meantime, you can find all of our restaurant partners on the Aura Rating App by using the "Snail of Approval" filter.

Snail of approval standards


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.


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.


Attention is paid to the consequences of how the food is produced and distributed. 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.


Submit your nomination for the Snail of Approval here.

To learn more about our Snail of Approval program, please contact Jennifer Goggin (