Everyone knows that a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down, and one delectable dessert bar in New York is applying that philosophy to green design. Known simply as Spot, the eatery is tucked away amidst Japanese yakitori joints on St. Mark's Place, just waiting for passersby to stumble in and discover the mouth-watering treasures that lie within. The cozy interior is decked out with rustic walls made of reclaimed wood from a local lumberyard in Brooklyn, grassy greenery made of recycled plastic and picnic style tables and benches. What a way to make eco-friendly design palatable! Read on to see what else makes Spot a sweet green re(treat) - did we mention that the desserts kick ass?
I had the opportunity to check out Spot in person last week, and spoke to managers Rex Rhee and “Aob” Parnuwat Sridaranop about its green features. Upon entering the space, the most noticeable design element is the warm weathered wood that lines the walls. Aob explained that the material was sourced from a lumberyard in Brooklyn that specializes in reclaimed wood from old barns. The same wood makes up the long, picnic style tables and benches, which combined with the verdant recycled plastic grass that “grows” along the floor of the dessert bar give it a casual, almost outdoor feeling.
But Spot’s sustainability initiatives don’t end at its decor – Rex went on to list a number of other things that the staff do to make sure that they walk the green walk. Since the space’s front windows are wide enough to make up almost the whole front wall, the staff opens them up to take advantage of breezy days and nights instead of using AC. They also use candles and minimize overhead lighting, source the wildflowers that dot the tables locally, and print their menus double-sided on recycled paper. Rex also made a point of saying that Spot makes its deliveries on foot, saving on money and fuel.
Okay, so we know that we’re a design site, but let’s get down to what you really want to know about – the desserts! If you like cupcakes (and if you are alive, we are guessing you do), check out the creamy mocha, vanilla and green tea ones that Spot’s chefs make fresh. And don’t miss the deconstructed cheesecake. This light, fluffy version of the classic treat is served in a tall glass laid down on its side and accompanied by tangy blueberry compote. If you’re wondering if Spot’s menu is just as eco-conscious as its decor, they’re certainly working on it. Many of the ingredients used are already organic and/or locally sourced, and co-owner Ace Watanasuparp explained that they are actively striving towards extending those criteria to all of their treats.
So if you find yourself in the NYC area, definitely pop into Spot to satisfy your sweet tooth and check out its great green decor in person.