Wild Edibles’ tubs of ice brim with boat-fresh fish and oysters, all rated according to their level of environmental sustainability by the Blue Ocean Institute. Chef Gavin Citron presides over an entree list, drawing from a cross section of the ocean’s morsels to fill the shop with steamy clouds foretelling of clam chowder, crab cakes, and lobster rigatoni. Patrons loaded down with trout, shrimp, and caviar bound for home kitchens bustle past the oyster bar, which parades mollusks from both the East and West Coasts to offer the largest range of options and keep Atlantis’ mass-transit system in business. Tasting flights pair shells with pours of wines imported from France, Italy, South Africa, and Austria or cool suds from a variety of craft breweries.
HealthSmart of NY banishes hunger pangs to an alternate dimension with an abundance of organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan foodstuffs. Kick off days destined for rampant overachievement with nourishing breakfast cereals, such as Arrowhead Mills’ organic Amaranth Flakes ($5.99 for 12 oz.) or Glutino’s Honey Nut Rings ($6.49), which are gluten-free, kosher, and ideal additions to bumblebee obstacle courses. Shelves stocked with vitamins and supplements from leading brands like Nature’s Way ($5–$22) and Nordic Naturals ($7–$17) help fend off the coming wave of scurvy due to next winter’s orange-tree strike.
Colorful fish swim around faux coral formations in a fish tank at Bethesda Dental. Nearby, a stark white orchid gracefully lazes to one side. Cold and hot beverages keep patrons satisfied as they wait in modern cream-hued seating. In addition to routine checkups, root canals, and teeth-whitening services, the office’s amenities abound with movies streaming on a large flat screen television and a massage chair that coaxes tense muscles into a relaxed state.
With a focus on organic, sustainable, and local ingredients, Urban Rustic sets the stage for fresh and hearty eats that are both good for you and the environment. Hungry mouths lay siege to sandwiches of house-baked bread piled high with in-house-roasted meats such as the Colvin—roast beef on rosemary garlic bread. The Wolf Jaw, whose grilled tofu lies resplendent on a bed of arugula, tomato, vegenaise, and multigrain, and custom sandwiches pair with sides of three cheese mac 'n' cheese and garlic-and-sage mashed potatoes. Surrounded by floors, shelves, and counters built from Adirondack wood harvested and milled by the proprietors themselves, diners sip growlers filled with beer from breweries such as Harpoon and Mild at Heart while discussing the facility's wind-powered electricity harvested from chatty politicians.