7 Eco-Friendly Restaurants to Visit for Earth Day in Westchester

How many of these eco-friendly restaurants have you visited? Photos courtesy of Penny Lick Ice Cream

Dine at one of these environmentally conscious Westchester County eateries that treat each day like Earth Day.

By Hannah Teligades and Julia Mallon, with additional reporting by Niomi Nunez

Earth Day is right around the corner, and there’s no time like the present to consider ways we can all treat the planet a little better. In Westchester, one of the easiest ways for locals to do Mother Nature a solid is by dining at the region’s eco-friendly restaurants. From growing their own ingredients to prioritizing waste reduction, these eateries deserve applause for their environmental efforts.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns 

630 Bedford Rd, Tarrytown; 914.366.9600

Within the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is fine dining at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The restaurant sources from the surrounding fields, pastures, and other local farms. The farm at Stone Barns is self-generating, self-renewing, and there is no waste in the natural system. In 2018, the organization implemented a Conservation Action Plan to guide its efforts.

 

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The Blue Pig

121 Maple Street, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.271.3850

Here’s the inside scoop: The Blue Pig says, “Your ice cream can only be as good as your milk,” and that means sourcing milk from Hudson Valley Fresh, a nonprofit dairy cooperative dedicated to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. The three other places from which ingredients are sourced are a local garden, the ice cream shop’s farm, or Michael, the local coffee roaster. All ingredients are hand-washed, hulled, and crafted into yummy and unique ice cream flavors that rotate daily.

 

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LMNOP Bakery

25 Katonah Ave, Katonah; 917.238.1011

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Our 2020 “Best New Bread Baker,” Anne Mayhew focuses on good, simple bread. LMNOP sources freshly milled flour from Wild Hive Farm, a small mill in Clinton Corners that mills regionally grown and organic grains. You can pre-order bread for pickup in Katonah, pop into the new brick-and-mortar shop on Katonah Ave, or stop by one of these locations scattered throughout Westchester.

 

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Muddy Water

52 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.909.2826

If you’re looking for an Earth Day pick-me-up, this conscious coffee house and café serves up more than organic fair-trade coffee and baked goods. Muddy Water opened in 2015 with the goal of minimizing energy consumption and negative impact on the environment. The vibrant spot also fosters community by hosting local artists, musicians, poets, and more.

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Penny Lick Ice Cream

580 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.525.1580

This woman-owned and completely nut-free ice cream shop serves a scoop that boasts a short list of sustainable and local ingredients. Getting straight to the pint, the ingredients include dairy from locally and ethically raised cows and no artificial anything. Don’t miss the best seller: the dark chocolate coconut, a non-dairy, vegan, GF, and 100% divine concoction.

Tomatillo

13 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.478.2300

It’s time we taco ‘bout the many fresh and local ingredients being served at Tomatillo. This “farm-to-taco” Rivertown spot is the perfect place to satisfy a craving for Mexican food, especially if you’re vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free. Whether it’s veggies from Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environment Center in Yorktown Heights or eggs from Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, Tomatillo offers fresh dishes perfect for an Earth Day dinner. (Our advice: Check out the La Flor burrito, which swaddles roasted cauliflower, guac, spinach, cilantro pesto, and rice and beans.)

 

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Truck

391 Old Post Road, Bedford; 914.234.8900

At Truck, they find ways to reduce waste and introduce eco-friendly initiatives without sacrificing quality or taste. One example of this is the drink menu, featuring hand-selected craft beers and wines on tap or in aluminum cans. The eatery also has property off Route 22 where it organically grows pear trees, herbs, rhubarb, blueberry bushes, and a fig tree. As for the eats, don’t miss the burrito stuffed with brisket then topped with Truck slaw and Beluga lentils and served with horseradish crema.

 

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