By Gus Saltonstall
A slew of Upper West Side eateries for the first time are encouraging customers to bring their own reusable water bottles when dining at their establishments.
Councilmember Shaun Abreu, along with the neighborhood nonprofit It’s Easy Being Green, recently organized multiple local stores and restaurants to take part in the environmentally friendly push.
“Promoting reusable water bottles and containers is good for business and good for our environment,” Abreu wrote on X (formerly Twitter). “Don’t just take it from me — businesses across the Upper West Side are joining the movement to end plastic waste.”
The local eateries taking part have all posted a green sticker on their storefront window that reads: “Bring Your Own Container, UWS Reduces Waste.”
Here are the Upper West Side establishments involved in the reusable water bottle push.
- Metro Diner: 2641 Broadway, near West 100th Street
- Samad’s Gourmet: 2867 Broadway, near West 111th Street
- Omonia Cafe: 301 West 108th Street, on Broadway
- Super Nice Coffee & Bakery: 196 West 108th Street, near Amsterdam
- Silver Moon Bakery: 2740 Broadway, near West 105th Street
- Broadway Pizza: 2709 Broadway, near West 104th Street
- Peaky Barista: 2680 Broadway, near West 102nd Street
- Deli Grocery: 644 Amsterdam, near West 102nd Street
- Cool Fresh Juice Bar: 2662A Broadway, near West 101st Street
- Zelma’s Cafe: 2661 Broadway, near West 101st Street
- Health Nuts: 2611 Broadway, near West 99th Street
- Dunkin’: 2600 Broadway, near West 98th Street
- Peaky Barista: 667 Columbus, near West 93rd Street
- Joe & The Juice: 2466 Broadway, near West 91st Street
Abreu’s work with local restaurants follows his recently introduced bill that would allow New Yorkers to bring reusable water containers into sports venues within the five boroughs. The majority of New York City arenas and stadiums forbid fans from entering with any sort of reusable water bottle, which leads to an “unnecessary build-up of waste from plastic cups,” he previously stated.
Customers can also use their reusable containers at the eateries to fill up with coffee, tea, or other beverages.
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