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As the green movement hit a fever pitch at the end of the 2000s, fine-dining impresario Jean-Georges Vongerichten tapped longtime lieutenant and Union Square Hospitality Group vet Dan Kluger to run ABC Kitchen, his market-driven, eco-conscious restaurant just north of the fabled Union Square Greenmarket. Right as words like â€śseasonalâ€ť and â€ślocalâ€ť threatened to lose their meaning, this chicly appointed restaurant attached to home-goods titan ABC Carpet & Home helped reinvigorate the ideals of championing sustainable, localized, and often organic agriculture. Maybe thatâ€™s why Vongerichten and co. can get away with serving a $20 veggie burger (it doubles as the cityâ€™s most expensive falafel). Tucked into house-made, whole-wheat pita and slathered in herb-spiked minted yogurt, it exemplifies the restaurantâ€™s ethos. The chef has a horse-whispererâ€™s way with produce, which helped him snag a Best New Restaurant James Beard Award the year the restaurant opened. Youâ€™ll want to pair your meal with something from the impressive wine list, which features, of course, biodynamic and sustainable varietals.