Bell Book and Candle is one of my favourite little bars in New York and may be the most organic, sustainable restaurant in New York.
A few steps below street level, you’ll walk into a small, dimly lit bar that makes you feel that you’ve found something secret and really quite special. Grab a seat around the bar or tuck into one of its nooks in this Greenwich Village townhouse. I like to take friends here as this tiny one room bar has a ton of atmosphere.
I’ve eaten once at Bell Book and Candle and was impressed with all of the press regarding it being America’s first rooftop to table restaurant. Now what exactly does that mean? Basically, the seasonal menu is heavily influenced on production from the aeroponic roof-top 60 tower garden that is 6 flights above and grows plants in mist without the use of soil. Now you can’t get more organic and sustainable than that. The plan is to grow 60% of its produce from the rooftop garden including veggies, fruits and herbs.
Now after all of this hype, I have to say the food was just okay. Maybe I didn’t order enough from the rooftop garden, but I was slightly disappointed. The bar was much more impressive. But I did learn that they have a secret “Naked Lady Room” that you have to be in the know about and you can reserve for you and a few friends. So just for that one reason, I’ll give the restaurant one more shot.
Bell Book & Candle 141 West 10th Street (between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Place) New York, NY 10014