Habana Outpost: New York's First Solar-Powered Restaurant!
To celebrate Zero Waste Week, I recently took a trip to Fort Greene, Brooklyn to visit Habana Outpost. Opening in 2005 as the first solar-powered restaurant in New York, Habana Outpost has taken the term "eco-friendly" to a whole new level.
The experience started when I walked through their front doors, which are repurposed from a South American monastery. The doors were open to help light the restaurant on the rainy day along with their beautiful Sunlight Chandelier. This unique fixture uses sunlight from the storefront to light the restaurant by capturing and transporting light through solar panels and cables. I was amazed before I even ordered any food!
We ordered our food at the bright counter and brought it to the courtyard to eat at the picnic tables (made from recycled plastic bottles). Even though it was raining, we sat under tents with other Brooklyn-ites and were surrounded by planters full of native Brooklyn plants. On days unlike our rainy one, these plants are watered with collected rainwater — a conservational trick that is also featured in their bathroom ;).
Above all, the best part was the food. We ordered a wide array of tacos and burritos along with an essential side of chips and guacamole (which are all featured on our Instagram) and a pineapple ginger lemonade. All of the food was superb and served completely in eco-tainers with similar cutlery (made out of sugarcane fiber, corn, or potato starch — 100% compostable!) If you are in Fort Greene any time soon, make sure to stop by Habana Outpost to eat amazing food and witness their revolutionary conservation techniques!
I have only listed a few of their green initiatives in this post and I highly recommend that you read more about Habana Outpost by reading their eco cheat sheet.