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Two Days of Living Your Values

May 8, 2012 - Business, Community, Consumers
By Nestor Bailly

Ethikus is all about discovery. We just want to help you find shops and restaurants that are, in the simplest meaning of the term, ‘good’ – that they care for their employees, community and environment.

And since there over 200 businesses in our directory, you can actually plan whole days around shopping, eating and living well. Follow our guide for a perfect day or weekend of supporting your values.

Day 1: Brooklyn

Try to get to the extremely popular Egg restaurant in Williamsburg a bit early for an easier time being seated. Nearly all of their ingredients are locally sourced and they provide health and dental benefits to all staff! We heard the biscuits and gravy is amazing.

If you’re on a bike, head east through Williamsburg to Bushwick and enjoy great vibes at Body Actualized Center. A brand-new cooperative space, they offer yoga classes, spirit and health workshops, and fun late-night events.

Hungry again? Go west to iCi, a wonderful local restaurant that is proud of its network of local farmers, and updates their menu weekly based on what is offered at the nearby Fort Greene Greenmarket.

Now ready for some real action? Head over to Brooklyn Boulders on Degraw Street and 3rd Avenue for the city’s only fully dedicated climbing gym. They offer free climbing, classes, events for kids and yoga.

Now it’s time to kick back for the rest of the evening. You earned it! Head to Palo Santo in Park Slope for some quality Latin American cuisine made from ingredients from their rooftop garden. Wash it all down with a few hyper local beers and wines at 61 Local in Cobble Hill.

61 Local is one of our favorite establishments and has an incredibly unique space. They source and serve their food and drink sustainably, with all drinks being tap-only. Say hi to Kris!


Day 2: Manhattan

For breakfast, have a coffee and pastry at Zucker Bakery, one of our favorite East Village cafes. Try the alfajores.

Then head over to the Union Square Greenmarket, the largest farmer’s market in New York City. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, you can lose yourself for hours among the stalls of our region’s best produce and meats. Check out Red Jacket Orchards, a family owned apple farm and juice company from the Finger Lake region of New York state.

If all those fresh veggies made you hungry, why not go to a nearby restaurant for a lunch that actually sources from the farmer’s market? Head up to 22nd Street and 5th Avenue to Greensquare Tavern, where Chef John Marsh sources as many ingredients as possible locally, seasonally and organically.

Still have some energy? Head down to Rod Rodgers Dance Company where you can learn martial arts or a variety of dance styles!

You’re probably hungry after all that dancing. Walk a few blocks east to Zum Schneider in the East Village, an authentic Bavarian Biergarten that really cares for its employees with health and dental benefits to all staff. They’ve done an energy audit and source their electricity from a renewable energy provider.

With our directory you can search for the contact information and credentials for over 200 businesses that support community and the environment.

What does a perfect day out for you look like? Let us know your recommendations on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll share it!

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