shape the world by what we eat,” says Alberto Gonzalez, the owner
of GustOrganics –
and he should know. GustOrganics is the first and only certified
organic restaurant in New York. The Argentinean-inspired eatery uses
100 percent USDA certified organic ingredients, powers its kitchen
with wind energy and lights its dining room with solar lighting. In
short, as Gonzalez puts it, “It’s pure, organic love.” But
while GustOrganics may be at the forefront of the city’s green
restaurant movement, it is certainly not the only restaurant making
an effort to go green. We’ve rounded up nine other downtown
restarants that are serving food with a side of environmentalism.
“Most people want to do something to change, but they don’t know
what to do,” says Gonzalez. We think eating at any of these
restaurants would be a great start!
(519 Avenue of the Americas, 212-242-5800)
In addition to its completely organic menu, GustOrganics also uses soy ink on their menus, cleans with biodegradable cleaning products and features a staff dressed in organic uniforms. Even the water at the restaurant – NYC tap water purified on site – is eco-friendly.
What to try: Hempanada, an Argentine-style empanada made with hemp flour
At this sustainable eatery and wine bar inside the Chelsea Market, fresh produce comes from local family farms and green markets, and the long list of beverages features organic and bio-dynamic wines and beers. The restaurant puts a farm-to-table spin on classics like macaroni and cheese, which they’ve reinvented with organic pasta and cheeses from nearby farms.
What to try: Classic Chicken Pot Pie
newest location of this popular Mexican spot in the
What to try: Farmer’s Market Vegetable Quesadilla
The original East Village location of this organic bakery boasts walls made of wheat, a counter made of recycled paper, a reclaimed wood floor and many other earth-friendly elements. Not to mention, the sweets coming out of the oven are made with organic flour, locally – made honey and family-farmed milk.
What to try: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
The vegetarian menu at this East Village bistro is complimented perfectly by Counter’s selection of organic wines and cocktails. Plus, the restaurant boasts its own rooftop garden, where herbs, greens, tomatoes and more are grown.
to try: The
Dirtiest Martini, made with basil-infused
This East Village spot has been focusing on healthy, sustainable food since it first opened in 1976. While you’ll find plenty of organic, fresh ingredients on their menu, you won’t come across any refined sugars, preservatives or animal products at Angelica’s Kitchen.
to try: The
Pantry Plate, which lets you mix and match three, four or five items
from the menu
this two-star Certified Green Restaurant, Energy Star
What to try: Asparagus and Goat Cheese Pizza
San Francisco-born brothers behind this Union Square
What to try: Pollo Asado Quesadilla, with guacamole
Keith McNally and Nate Appleman are making an effort to go green at their popular pizza joint on the Bowery, where waste is sorted, recycled and composted.
What to try: Ottima Pizza, with ricotta, wild blueberry jam and bacon
Amanda Cohen leads the kitchen at this East Village restaurant where vegetables take center stage. With dishes like Jalapeño Hush Puppies and Portabello Mousse, Dirt Candy is reminding diners that vegetarian fare can be a delicious indulgence.
What to try: Stone Ground Grits, topped with a tempura poached egg
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