The most eco-friendly way to eat on Earth Day – and any day – is by growing your own food, eating it raw and composting the scraps. But for those of us who aren’t urban farmers, there are some good green options happening on or around April 22nd.
il Buco (pictured), the Mediterranean restaurant on Bond Street, will be offering a $30 prix fixe lunch menu Tuesday through Saturday, and donating 100% of the proceeds to the We Campaign, Al Gore’s urgent project for stopping global warming. Working out of an old antique shop, il Buco’s chef Ignacio Mattos will be offering his most popular dish on the menu, the Porchetta Panino: slow roasted Flying Pigs Farm heritage pig with wild fennel pollen and rosemary on ciabatta. 47 Bond Street (212) 533-1932.
Luz, the Fort Greene favorite for Nuevo Latino cuisine, will be observing Earth Day on Tuesday and Wednesday with a five course prix-fixe dinner made entirely without electricity, using only organic and grass fed products from local farms and markets. The menu is still shrouded in mystery, but it sounds like an adventure: The owners swear there will be no electricity, no telephones, no gas, no credit card machines, no computers, and no heat lamps used. There will be live musical accompaniment, presumably acoustic or a capella, as well as organic beer and wine. $55, 177 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, (718) 246-4000.
And the funky “eco-eatery” Habana Outpost, also located in fittingly named Fort Greene, will be hosting a weekend of free Earth Day workshops “for the whole family” starting this weekend. There you’ll find E-waste collection, lessons on composting with red worms and maintaining urban beehives, and an outdoor green market with local vendors.
Also, Whole Foods will be saying goodbye for good to plastic bags starting Tuesday, and the first 250 customers at all four Fairway locations in town will get an eco-friendly reusable Fairway shopping bag, as well as coupons and samples of eco-friendly dog treats, so Rover can reduce his carbon paw print.