Happy Earth Day! Time to jump on the bandwagon and make a couple of conscientious decisions that will make up for the fact that you’re a lazy, meat-eating oaf who leaves the water running whilst brushing his teeth the other 364 days of the year. So where to begin? By now you’ve already googled “eco-chic” and “organic” and it’s left you hopelessly confused! All of these certifications and standards — it feels like someone is pulling the eco-friendly wool over your eyes. So let’s make this easy. Here’s a short list of GRA-certified New York restaurants that will shrink the size of your size-13 carbon footprint today. These restos are certified green, and like Kermit once said, it ain’t easy. Once joining the GRA program, restaurants must use a comprehensive recycling program, must never use Styrofoam products, and complete four “Environmental Steps” a year, like using biodegradable or tree-free products and energy-efficient lighting.
● Dirt Candy (East Village) – It just sounds healthy, doesn’t it? ● Vento Trattoria (Meatpacking District) – Modelized girls dining here are more into their stilettos than Mother Earth, but what they don’t know won’t hurt ’em, unless the planet blows up.
● Rouge Tomate (Midtown East) – Not only are they GRA-certified, but they also use greenmarket ingredients. ● Wildwood Barbeque (Gramercy) – The South may bring to mind big diesel trucks with a Confederate flag on the back window, but at least this southern-style BBQ joint is diesel free. ● Boat Basin Café (Upper West Side) – You’ll feel even healthier hanging outside, if the pollution levels on the Hudson are low today. ● Dirt Candy (East Village) – It just sounds healthy, doesn’t it? ● Del Posto (Chelsea) – Eco-friendly never tasted so good, thanks to Mario Batali’s sprawling Italian resto. ● Eletarria (Greewich Village) – The interior may look recycled too, but that isn’t what gives it the GRA certification. ● Blue Water Grill (Union Square) – Net a bounty of MILF and cougar attention at the bar with your extensive knowledge of the GRA program. ● Dos Caminos Soho (Soho) – Is your new green approach to eating making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, or is it the fifth margarita?