GustOrganics is the first USDA certified organic restaurant in New York. Even more impressive is the fact that GustOrganics is the very first restaurant in the world to use 100% USDA certified organic ingredients.
Gustorganics Flagship Restaurant Is Located At:
519 Avenue of the Americas @ 14th street, New York, New York 10011.
GustOrganics Business Hours:
Breakfast served Monday-Sunday 8am to 11am
Brunch served Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 11am to 4pm
Lunch served Monday-Sunday 11am to 5pm
Dinner served Monday-Thursday 5pm to 11pm; Friday & Saturday 5pm to 12am
Organic Ideals & Values Served Up at GustOrganics
GustOrganics is committed to organic quality, serving up fresh, totally 100% USDA certified organic food on every plate. While organics form the building blocks of GustOrganics, this restaurant goes further still by supporting local organic farmers, and green policies abound as well. GustOrganics also focuses on their guests, and one of their goals is to provide an enjoyable and unique dining experience for all involved.
GustOrganics Founder Alberto Gonzalez
GustOrganics is the brainchild of an Argentinean-born businessman, Alberto Gonzalez. Gonzalez, a self-professed foodie, came up with a basic plan for GustOrganics after deciding that New York City could use a food venue that offered up a fresh, healthy and organic fare. After polling New Yorkers about their ideas surrounding the perfect organic restaurant, Gonzalez compiled said ideals with his organic values, and GustOrganics was born.
Of course, that's the short version. You can learn more about GustOrganics founder, Gonzalez, at the GustOrganics website.
GustOrganics Locations & Organic Carts NYC
GustOrganics main location is at 519 Avenue of the Americas @ 14th street, New York, New York 10011. However, GustOrganics has also unleashed certified organic food on the city with their unique, mobile organic carts.
Organic Carts NYC is fresh food on the go. Like the flagship restaurant, Organic Carts NYC serve only certified organic food, perfect for on-the-go healthy lunches. Being that it gets chilly, seasonal hours may apply, and Organic Carts NYC may not always be available.
Organic & Unique Menu Choices
GustOrganics serves up 100% USDA certified organic, Latin-inspired fare in their Green Certified restaurant. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are all offered, along with take-out and delivery.
GustOrganics menu choices include organic meats, vegetarian and vegan choices, along with some brand new gluten-free tapitos. They also offer a colorful array of natural fruit blends and other cold and hot beverages. They also carry an impressive collection of meals for New York's youngest citizens - fresh organic baby purees and desserts. Baby meals are served at the restaurant or are available for home delivery.
Keep in mind that their fresh menu changes daily, dependent on local organic produce offerings. See the current GustOrganics menu.
GustOrganics Healthy Menu Choices
Beyond certified organic, GustOrganic strives for a healthy menu too, which is a distinction, because organic doesn't always mean healthy. At GustOrganics however, organic does mean healthy. Portion control is a policy and food is never fried. Dishes are flavored with sun-dried sea salt, fresh herbs, and spices.
Certified Green Restaurant
Organic and sustainable aren't the same thing, but at GustOrganics sustainability, not just organic food, is a priority. GustOrganics is Certified Green by the Green Restaurant Association. Some of the green policies in place at GustOrganics include recycling and composting systems, energy efficient kitchen equipment, water conservation equipment, organic uniforms, green cleaning practices and recycled and biodegradable take out containers.
GustOrganics Pure Water
One unique attribute of GustOrganics is their water. Instead of shipping in costly and environmentally damaging bottled water, they use tap. As most environmentalists will tell you (self-included), tap water is hands down the safest, most eco-friendly choice when it comes to water.
GustOrganics runs their tap water through a UV lamp that kills bacteria, then rerun it through a purification system that takes out metals and toxins. They store their water in safe and reusable glass bottles and serve to patrons upon request. They additionally cook all their food with their pure water.
Do you doubt the safety and importance of tap water vs. bottled water? If so, I suggest you see two films - Flow and Tapped.
Water conservation and plastic bottles DO affect us all, and it rocks that GustOrganics is doing their part in this area.