"We are focusing on sustainability", said co-owner Patricia Simino Boyce. "If you notice the wiring in the shop you will soon see that we will be using it to show videos on sustainable living. The café will help support the mission by using local sustainable food and drink vendors. Famous City Bakery is providing the sandwiches and some baked goods, and "this is something they have never done before". Patti said, "we are not reinventing anything".
Diego and I starred at what we thought were solar panels while we shared an amazingly crunchy chocolate chip cookie from Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery. I delighted myself in one of their specialty drinks made with espresso beans from PT's Coffee Roastery (based in Kansas but thinking about doing coffee business in New York soon). Patti mentioned that they also plan on expanding the coffee menu and feature a menu of local roasters soon.
The Café uses high efficiency heating, biodegradable and recycled paper supplies and focuses on recycling and composting as a strong aspect of waste management for local sustainability. Ecopolis Cafe is located at 180 Smith Street. Take the F or G to Smith Street. For more info call: (718) 488-7401.