154 Bleecker St (at Thompson St.)
Manhattan, NY 10012
Otarian bills itself as the planet's first low-carbon restaurant, meaning that everything procured for the vegetarian menu has the lowest possible impact on the environment, with a no-air-freight policy. While you tuck into your Indian-flavored wrap or roasted vegetable lasagna, you can watch a loop on a flat-screen TV and learn alarming facts about CO2 emissions from meat production, various health concerns and quotes from Mahatma Gandhi. The contemporary fast-food environment is light and cheerful, and the food is tasty, too.