Much more than a shopping break, Jean Georges Vongerichten's popular restaurant, inside posh housewares emporium ABC Carpet and Home, is more like a love letter to greenmarket cuisine. Underneath the exposed concrete beams, a chic crowd devours fresh, flavorful appetizers like the roasted carrot salad with avocado, crème frâiche, and toasted pumpkin seeds or pretzel-dusted calamari. Winning entrées include roast suckling pig with smoked bacon marmalade and sea bass
with chilies and herbs. The restaurant is committed to all the right causes—environmentalism, sustainability, supporting local farmers—all of which are announced in a near manifesto-length list on the back of the menu; thankfully, ABC Kitchen pulls it off without seeming patronizing or preachy.