787 Union St, Park Slope
With a menu that features as many local ingredients "as the seasons will allow,fr Rose Water is Mecca for Park Slope foodies. One glance at the dessert menu explains why: Caramelized brioche with Nutella ice cream? Pink Lady Apple fritters? Buttermilk and lemon panna cotta? We don't even know what half those things are. And yet we want them.
20 Columbia Pl, Brooklyn Heights
With its all-day breakfast menu, sweet and sticky pastries, and mugs of Stumptown Coffee, Iris Café has quickly become a Brooklyn Heights favorite. The teeny space used to be a flower shop, but now you can find locally raised milk and eggs there, as well as meat-stuffed sandwiches (pasture-fed, natch).
156 Tenth Ave, Chelsea
Why pay for fish when you can catch it for free in any of the city's many waterways? Unless you're one of those "ew gross are you kidding?" types, in which case you could try Chelsea's Cookshop, from the couple behind Noho's wildly popular Five Points. The restaurant has a large selection of local and regional seafood like Montauk squid, Virginia striped bass, plus plenty of oysters hailing from all along the eastern seaboard. But, what, no Gowanus Halibut?
The Brooklyn Brewery
79 N. 11th St, Williamsburg
Just because beer is bad for your gut doesn't mean it has to be bad for the planet. The Brewery goes to great lengths to earn its green cred: not only is it 100 percent wind-powered, its "plastic" cups are actually some weird biodegradable corn product! Best of all, they brew the kegs right there, so you're not trucking it in from St. Louis.
The Statue of Liberty Concessions
For almost 80 years, family business Evelyn Hill, Inc. has operated the concessions on Liberty Island—since back when it was called Bedloe's Island and most of it was still Fort Wood. The company recycles three-quarters of its solid waste—the website boasts it's "the leader in Concessionaire recycling methods"—and uses 100 percent wind power, demonstrating that you don't need to drill for off-shore oil to prove your patriotism.
41 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn
Need a dedicated server? Affordable web hosting? An email address? Brooklyn's Sandwich.net, in business for 11 years and counting, provides all those services and pays for wind carbon offsets to cover all of its on-site electricity usage. What little paper they use is post-consumer and manufactured without chlorine; all of their recyclable waste is recycled.
Jimmy's No. 43
43 E. 7th St, E. Village
Oh, it might look like just another (exceptional) rathskeller, but this bar-restaurant is also super-green and community-oriented. The food is local and organic, like the alcohol. They also host edifying workshops and fundraisers for great organizations. And they're a pick-up point for several CSAs! And did we mention you can get drunk there?
Build It Green NYC
3-17 26th Ave, Astoria
Need some flooring? A refrigerator? Furniture? Plumbing fixtures? BIGNYC, the city's only non-profit retail outlet for such materials, keeps salvaged and surplus building materials out of landfills by selling them to you. As of this writing, they even had a fixer-upper Hammond Organ for sale! It's like the garbage dump of the future—i.e., with price tags.
69 Guernsey St, Greenpoint
Carbon(-) wants to "change the relationship between people and their city" by making you a responsible, carbon-free citizen. The company sells scooters and bicycles so you can lose the car and follow an arc from less gas (scooters) to no gas (electric bicycles) to 100 percent human (old fashioned pedal-pushers). They also do repairs, rentals and winter storage—because going green's really a warm-weather kind of thing, isn't it?