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"Socially Conscious" Restaurant


I'm looking for a "socially conscious" restaurant (good labor policies, green practices, local food, etc.) for an informal business get together dinner for a group of about 25 activist-minded/progressive people. Our budget is around $35-45 per person, with slight flexibility. The dinner would be sit down, three courses. Any type of cuisine is fine-though a range is always nice. A restaurant that can do a prix fixe menu for groups would be great. Ideally we'd like a private room, but two big tables in a quiet corner would work as well. We don't need something extremely fancy but good food is always a plus!

I really appreciate any leads-I've been having a hard time coming up with anything!

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  1. My guess is that you're having a hard time finding an appropriate restaurant because of your budgetary constraints. Blue Hill immediately comes to mind and would certainly fit the socially conscious guidelines you've set forth, but you'd never be able to do it on that budget. At the moment, I can't think of anyplace else, but if I do, I'll post again.

    1. I think you are going to have a hard time finding that with your budget. Del Posto(Expensive) is one restaurant that is "socially conscious". I mean, I can't totally speak for their labor policies but I know they are, and can afford to be, an impressive "green" restaurant.

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      1. re: bosun

        Wouldn't Del Posto's Enoteca be equally as "green"? I've not been to either, but if it would, from what I gather, the cost might fit the budget.

        How about Angelica Kitchen? I've never tried it, but there are Hounds who like it. I've looked at their website, and their philosophy certainly fits the socially conscious concept. It is vegan, so the group would have to be happy with that style of cooking. Also, there is the question of whether the restaurant is big enough to accommodate a large group.


      2. i've not been, but recently read about Cookshop on the west side. unsure of the deliciousness or their labor practices, but generally seems to fit the overall philosophy.



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        1. re: charlie_b

          Union Square Cafe, Cookshop, Five Points, Market Table, Craft, Josies

          1. re: Will4Food

            If you can spring for just a wee bit more, go for Blue Hill.

        2. I've never been here, and reviews of the food have definitely been mixed, but it's a worker-owned cooperative restaurant started by restaurant workers who used to work at Windows on the World with the help of ROC-NYC.

          1. HanGawi

            It says on their site: Welcome to HanGawi!
            A vegetarian shrine in another space and time

            Vegetarian meals, presentation of traditional teas, folk and zen music, decor filled with antiques and artifacts - all these elements complement each other providing our guests at HanGawi with a relaxed atmosphere of peace and refuge.

            HanGawi's 100% vegetarian menu is based on mountain roots, greens and grains found in the deep valleys and mountains of Korea that have comprised the staple diet of ancient Koreans. From the ancient principles of Korean cuisine, HanGawi has expanded its menu to include dishes that promote good health, longevity and a wholesome diet.
            HanGawi is especially proud to present full course vegetarian meals found in the prix fixe section of our menu that present an opportunity to take an exotic vegetarian adventure. At HanGawi, we ask our guests to remove their shoes because this is the first step towards leaving the outside world and entering "another world".

            Enjoy your escape at HanGawi!

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            1. re: doona

              Wonderful food too - and I'm not vegetarian - and even my hardcore ominvore of a husband just said last night he'd like to go back even if not accompanied by vegetarians.

            2. Picholine.
              Read the last sentence at the bottom of the menu

              1. How about Pure Food and Wine? It's all raw food, and not sure about labor policies, but if they're 100% raw, you can bet they're probably stringent about a lot of other things.


                1. Don't know about the rest of your criteria, but the Lupa site says: "We are proud to serve responsibly raised meat, poultry, and pork."


                  1. How about Hundred Acres?

                    1. Back Forty on Avenue B.

                      I think they can set up a prix fixe for you, they did it for my sig other's bday last year.


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                      1. re: designnerd

                        2nd this. I a few weeks ago and had a really nice meal. If it's still nice out, the back garden might be a nice space for a private party.