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Delicious, healthy, organic, affordable, and now carbon neutral: Le Botaniste has it all!

05 / 2017

Le Botaniste, a natural wine bar and restaurant located on Lexington Avenue near 64th Street is out to prove that vegan and gluten-free dining can be both yummy and easy on the wallet. Being seasonally driven you can expect updates to the menu throughout the year.


The restaurant is the brainchild of Alain Coumont, the creative force behind Le Pain Quotidien who is a bit of a healthy living evangelist. “Alain has converted me and some of our team members to a plant-based diet already,” says Laurent Francois, managing director of Le Botaniste.


This new concept comes from an increasing awareness of how our diets affect our bodies and the environment.  “If you eat well with quality ingredients you’ll notice that you just feel better in general,” asserts Francois.


A recent research led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, found that shifting to a mostly vegetarian die would cut global food-related emissions by 70% by 2050.  Even simply cutting down meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would bring down emissions by 30%. Intensive livestock-rearing is a major cause of greenhouse gases, in part because of the methane produced by the animals and the massive slurry pits that accompany large farms. It also diverts water and grains to animal-rearing, which is less efficient than directing the grains towards direct human consumption.


Well aware of these challenges, Le Botaniste has decided to go the extra mile. The company hired CO2logic to calculate and reduce its energy use as well as offsetting its remaining carbon footprint. Le Botaniste is now the only carbon neutral vegan restaurant in the City. 


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