Alberto Gonzalez, dissatisfied with New York City’s culinary offerings, spent a year questioning New Yorkers on the streets about what they wanted in an organic restaurant. Only after carefully considering his findings did he launch GustOrganics, a USDA-certified organic restaurant and bar that uses only 100% organic ingredients. Those natural building blocks, from fresh ginger, grass-fed beef, rice flour, and locally produced mozzarella wind up in a wide range of dishes, including vegetarian and gluten-free offerings. In the bustling kitchen, the chefs pinch together house-made ravioli and toss fajitas into sizzling pans.
The employees at the certified Green Restaurant also care for the health of the environment. In addition to working with local organic farmers and never dropping pennies into scenic geysers, the staffers care for the natural world by composting, recycling, and enlisting only wind and solar energy.