Posted February 7, 2009 by Kate Hamman
It's not easy being green, but all things eco-chic have taken Manhattan, especially in the East Village. Come to the Big (green) Apple for organic baked goods, environmentally-friendly designer clothes, and martinis made from the freshest ingredients. Plus, you won't have to spend a fortune to be good to Mother Earth.
Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery: From walls constructed out of wheat to biodegradable cups made from corn, everything in this hole-in-the-wall bakery sounds downright delicious. Displayed on a countertop created from 100 percent recyclable paper, you'll find an array of bear claws, berry scones, and oversized cookies made from organic and locally-sourced ingredients. The baked goods are even delivered by a bicycle rickshaw to be extra earth-friendly. Most of the items cost around $2.50.
Kaight: Thanks to Kaight, you won't have to wear a hemp dress to be ethically hip. The shop carries only the hottest emerging designer apparel made from environmentally friendly and organic textiles, such as cottons, cashmeres, and wools. Even the shoes are created from natural and eco-conscious products. Prices depend on the designer and may seem high, but you can find bargains and feel good about your purchases.
Counter: With a rooftop garden producing the fresh herbs used to infuse its organic martinis, Counter takes eco-chic to new heights. The bar's inventive cocktails, such as the lavender-and-rosemary-infused martini topped with cranberry and lime nectar, will have you feeling green all over. If you're in the mood for a glass of wine, you can order from the extensive list of biodynamic and organic selections from around the world. The restaurant also serves a wide variety of tasty vegetarian dishes for those in need of sustenance. Martinis start at $12.
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