Sustainable Restaurants Near NYU Campus


Renee Yang

This french toast from Friend of a Farmer was both delicious and sustainable. Here are 9 restaurants near campus that practice sustainable and ethical cooking.

Sydney Ernstberger, Contributing Writer

Living in New York City and going to NYU means that you are surrounded by great food, but do you know where this food comes from? Although the city’s restaurants may be tempting, many do not value ethically sourced ingredients. Here is a list of eight restaurants near campus that support sustainable and ethical practices.

Ancolie, Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Address: 58 W. Eighth St.

This on-the-go, French-inspired restaurant serves locally sourced items exclusively in reusable glass jars. They use non-GMO ingredients and do not use any additives. All of their food scraps are composted.

Buvette, Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Address: 42 Grove St.

Buvette is a French neighborhood spot that is great for grabbing coffee, lunch or a bite after work. They place emphasis on locally sourced meats, produce and other ingredients. It has a dining experience that is heavily aligned with european cuisine.

Friend of a Farmer, Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Address: 77 Irving Pl.

An American restaurant that is considered “sea-to-table”, Friend of a Farmer uses only ingredients that are either locally sourced or sourced from small-scale farms in neighboring states. They also press all of their fresh juices in-house.

The Green Table, Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Address: 75 Ninth Ave. Chelsea Market.

A farm-to-table restaurant in the Chelsea Market, the Green Table serves market salads, fresh soups and sustainably raised fish, poultry and beef. They are committed to offering seasonal regional cuisine.

Lupa, Hours: Monday-Thursday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday- Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Address: 170 Thompson St.

Lupa specializes in traditional Roman fare, serving mostly authentic imported ingredients and locally sourced produce. They are committed to sustainability and incorporating green initiatives such as food waste composting, alternative fuel sources and Green Seal Certified cleaning products.

Midwinter, Hours: Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Address: 327 Second Ave.

An American-style restaurant, Midwinter participates in the slow-food movement. Most of the restaurant’s ingredients come directly from Midwinter Farms. All of the livestock animals are raised humanely and sustainably.

Chop’t Creative Salad Company, Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Address: 51 Astor Pl.

Chop’t is a fast, casual restaurant that serves fresh made custom salads made with local ingredients. They are committed to sustainability, and they give customers the option to use compostable utensils.

By CHLOE, Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Address: 185 Bleeker St.

This vegan restaurant serves house-made hamburgers, fresh pastas, handcrafted salads, cold-pressed juices and freshly baked sweets. Their ingredients are seasonal, locally sourced and prepared in-house.

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