Won’t you take me to… Funkytown? It’s just one stop over the East River on the L train from Manhattan, and it’s also known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Boutiques to browse abound. You can do a year’s worth of vintage shopping. And I even caught a glimpse of an antique luggage store (that’s also known for its old-time cameras and typewriters). But if you want to keep groovin’ after all that wandering and window-shopping, you’ll need some energy. And that’s where Green Canteen comes in.
Green Canteen (106 N. 6th Street) is a huge jump for owner Brad Blum, a former big wig for Burger King. In fact, besides the healthy menu, it’s the first restaurant in New York State to be silver LEED-certified. (That means the construction earned impressive rankings in categories like energy and water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions, and improved indoor environmental quality, among others.) But you should also visit for the food: The earth-stone flatbreads, grilled chicken hummus bowl and white bean with shrimp were all stand-outs, though my favorite was the salmon salad with spinach, avocado, oranges and pine nuts. They pour a surprisingly good cup of coffee, too.