VETTA's Sustainable Guide to New York
We care about the planet and the people who live on it - we do it through slow fashion, and we love supporting other companies that use what they make to create a better world, too! The VETTA team travels to New York often to visit the family-run factory where most of our clothing is produced. Some of our favorite feel-good spots are in the city, and we love to visit them when we're there. If you're planning a trip (or if you're lucky enough to live there), here are some great businesses that will make you and the planet happier!
FOOD + DRINKS
These are our most-visited spots, and are each uniquely delicious. Some are independently owned, some have locally sourced ingredients, and others are vegan -- but all of them are a must-try!
ABC Kitchen | Union Square | American (New) | $$$ | Seasonal menu from sustainably sourced ingredients, in a beautiful setting. | Tip: reservations fill up fast, get one in advance or go on an off time and sit at the bar. Also, it’s attached to the most amazing sustainable/fair trade home store!
Buvette | West Village | French | $$$ | Locally sourced French café – there’s one in NYC, Paris, and Tokyo. | Tip: put your name in early to be sure to get a seat! Order a bunch of small plates, cheese, wine, and especially the chocolate mousse.
Five Leaves | Green Point | American (New) | $$ | Adorable café in Brooklyn with delicious sustainable and local food. | Tip: sit outside on a sunny day & try the truffle fries.
Peacefood Cafe | Upper West Side | Vegan | $ | Tasty vegan food in a casual atmosphere. Great for lunch or a snack. | Tip: get the chickpea fries!
Culture Espresso | Mid Town West | Coffee | $ | An independent and locally owned coffee shop with outstanding coffee | Tip: the chocolate chip cookie is phenomenal!
Dear Irving | Flatiron | Cocktails | $$ | Artisanal cocktails in an old-timey speakeasy with the best ambiance. | Tip: try the Vice Versa. Also, they offer cocktail classes.
Awoke Vintage | $$ | Small vintage shop with the best curation of items at reasonable prices. | Tip: Their vintage Levi's denim jackets and repurposed vintage leather jackets are amazing.
Brooklyn Flea | $$ | Flea market with booths for vintage clothing, home decor, and local artists. | Tip: this can be a super fun afternoon activity (also check out their sister company Smorgasburg for food trucks!). It is seasonal, so check their calendar online.
10ft Single by Stella Dallas | $$ | Amazing curation of vintage items that are organized by type of clothing. Think huge racks of vintage denim jackets, floral dresses, or t-shirts. Less digging, more finding awesome stuff. | Tip: there's a room in the back with more high-end vintage stuff.
Beacon’s Closet (Greenpoint location) | $ | This is more of your typical consignment shop, but it's really really big! They have tons of awesome (more current) second hand clothing at reasonable prices. | Tip: check out the shoe wall!
Dusty Rose Vintage Warehouse | $ | This is where you can buy wholesale vintage stuff, but it's open to the public certain days (and they have a retail area in the front that's really cute) | Tip: this is really off-the-beaten path, so just make sure you know where you're going and that you're up for a trek.
Clare V. | $$$ | Handbags | Made in USA
Erica Weiner | $$$ | Jewelry | Made in NYC
Everlane | $ | Basics | Focus on transparency
Coclico | $$ | Shoes | Made in Spain
Only Hearts | $$ | Lingerie | Made in the USA
In Support of | $$$ | Boutique with cool new local/independent brands