NYC Restaurants That Make Earth Day Proud

With Earth Day upon us, it’s a good time to take a look at NYC restaurants going the extra mile to take care of Mother Earth. From the Upper East Side to Red Hook, there is no shortage of green restaurants popping up in the city.  Luckily, we don’t have to travel too far to find one.  The below restaurants feature local and on-site farms, sustainable design made from reclaimed materials, organic alcohol, solar power, ethically sourced meats, and even a bicycle-powered blender.  Bon Appétit!

Blue Hill
75 Washington Pl
New York, NY 10011
at Avenue Of The Americas
Greenwich Village

Hidden three steps below street level, Blue Hill restaurant occupies a landmark speakeasy just off of Washington Square Park. The menu showcases ingredients that come from nearby farms, including Blue Hill Farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a forty-five minute drive from New York City. Guests can choose from four-course tasting menu or a six-course “Farmer’s Feast” for a truly upscale farm-to-table experience.

Photo courtesy of bluehillfarm.com

Photo courtesy of bluehillfarm.com

The Good Fork
391 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
b/t Dikeman St & Van Dyke St
Red Hook

Built by husband Ben Schneider and chefed by wife Sohui Kim, The Good Fork fuses Korean and American cuisines using ingredients from the Red Hook Community Farm. This out-of-the-way spot attracts both locals and Manhattanites, and is certainly worth the trek to Red Hook. Visit The Good Fork for brunch, and ask to be seated in the garden area.

Photo courtesy of nycgo.com

Photo courtesy of nycgo.com

Habana Outpost 

757 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
b/t Oxford St & Portland Ave
Fort Greene

Habana Outpost, New York’s first completely solar-powered restaurant, serves up top-notch Mexican and Cuban street food, along with strong margaritas made in a bicycle-powered blender. This restaurant is extremely fun and very family-friendly, and screens movies throughout the summer.

Photo courtesy of bkmag.com

Photo courtesy of bkmag.com

Candle Cafe
1307 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10021
b/t 75th St & 74th St
Yorkville, Upper East Side

A favorite spot for New York vegetarians and vegans, Candle Cafe serves a seasonal menu of farm-to-table food with pesticide-free ingredients. This place has such attention to detail that even the cocktails are made with organic alcohol. The generous portion sizes mean you won’t go hungry, but be sure to save room for dessert!

Photo courtesy of quarrygirl.com

Photo courtesy of quarrygirl.com

Rosemary’s
18 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011
b/t Charles St & 10th St
West Village

This Italian restaurant has a rooftop farm, where they grow their own herbs and produce. The farm is open to the public and hosts educational programs for the children of nearby P.S. 41. Rosemary’s also partners with Brooklyn Grange and the Jefferson Market Garden to make sure all of their ingredients are hyper-local. The house-made pasta and seasonal menu are accompanied by an impressive wine list, and reservations can be made for parties of 7 or more.

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Bell, Book & Candle
141 W 10th St
New York, NY 10014
b/t Waverly Pl & Greenwich Ave
West Village

Bell Book & Candle’s hydroponic garden provides herbs and vegetables year-round, allowing the restaurant to follow its mission of “local, organic, sustainable, and responsible procurement.” The sparkling and still water are filtered and bottled on premises, and the restaurant is able to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets. The menu can be described as “upscale comfort food,” with options such as jalapeño deviled eggs and venison black bean chili.

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Birdbath
518 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024
b/t 84th St & 85th St
Upper West Side

Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery is the little sister of City Bakery, and is built from recycled, found, vintage, and sustainable materials. The bakery is wind-powered, and the food is delivered from the City Bakery kitchen via bicycle-powered rickshaws. Discounts are available for customers who arrive by bike or skateboard, and the seasonal menu contains foods made from regionally-grown, organic ingredients. The bakery offers limited seating, but Central Park is just steps away and all the menu items can be taken to-go.

Photo courtesy of The City Bakery

Photo courtesy of The City Bakery

Franny’s
348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Park Slope, Prospect Heights

This pizzeria is powered by renewable energy, made up of 35% wind power and 65% hydroelectric power. The vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, dairy and fish are sourced from local and organic producers, and the coffee is fair trade and sustainably produced. Even the cleaning products are earth friendly, and the kitchen grease is converted into biodiesel fuel. Luckily, the owners of Franny’s are just as committed to making delicious food as they are to environmental responsibility – here you’ll find some of the best artisanal pizzas in town.

Photo courtesy of http://blog.harri.com/

Photo courtesy of blog.harri.com

The Green Table
Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Meatpacking District, Chelsea

The Green Table is an annex of the Cleaver Company, located in the heart of the Chelsea Market. The small daily menu samples seasonal ingredients from local farms and greenmarkets. The wine and beer list is composed of sustainable, organic options as well. This is the perfect place to stop for brunch after wandering the Chelsea Market or exploring the High Line.

Photo courtesy of Yelp

Photo courtesy of Yelp

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