New York’s First Solar Powered Ecoeatery

My friend Sean had his birthday shindig this past Sunday in Fort Green at the Habana Outpost — which turns out to be one of the greatest summer hang-outs in Brooklyn. The main outside eating area is a converted parking lot full of picnic tables made from recycled materials. The place was packed with Brooklynites indulging in frozen Mojitos and Margaritas, bottles of Corona by the bucket, and delicious organic food that is served-up from a kitchen within converted postal truck. On Sunday nights they project a movie on the wall of an adjacent building. This past Sunday was a NYC classic, The Warriors.Besides the perfect atmosphere, the Outpost is one of the most eco-friendly places I have been. Most everything in the restaurant has been up-cycled, the eatery is powered by renewable energy and it has many sustainable features including a rain water renewal system, a state-of-the-art solar awning, and my favorite, a human-powered bicycle blender (you get a dollar off your smoothie if you pedal). Not to mention the waste they produce is 100% biodegradable in their compost because they use corn “plastic” cups, potato starch cutlery, and sugarcane plates.The Outpost has apparently received a lot of press. Good Magazine has a great little article online about them, entitled Looking at Sustainable Design That Doesn’t Suck. Habana apparently also runs community green outreach programs. The more I learn about the restaurant the more I love it!I have posted images from the press section of their website below:Composting / Recycling StationTruck / KitchenBike Blender!The world’s first “sunlit chandelier”Food orders happen here and produce some long lines (boooo).Yes Please.Movie Night