Manhattan – West Village
89 Seventh Ave South (bet. Barrow and Grove Sts.)
Manhattan, NY 10014
It's all about sourcing at Organika, where everything is not necessarily organic but rather follows the locavore trend of emphasizing local and sustainable products. The carbon footprint is a bit heavier with a couple of artisanal cheeses shipped from Italy and various wines shipped from around the globe (most of them organic). Sicily gets a nod with spaghetti alla puttanesca and rigatoni alla Norma with eggplant, tomato sauce, basil and ricotta salata. Chef Melissa Muller makes a variety of lovely salads, bruschetta and pizza, served in a small, tastefully decorated West Village café whose wooden tables are preset with blue-tinted glassware that catch the light.