I did ponder to myself- can a café / grocery store really be classed as an urban jungle? My conclusion: yes of course it can, what epitomises urban more than a bustling city café and what says jungle more than a eatery full of incredible vegetation? As you may well know from instagram, I've just returned from the most amazing time in NYC, visiting my bro. Whilst exploring Lower Manhattan last Thursday (with camera poised at every street corner) I stumbled across The Butcher's Daughter, brimming with greenery and fauna. Succulents, potted plants and hanging industrial baskets of herbs were at the heart of this trendy eatery come mini indoor 'farmers mart' laid back green aesthetic.
The Butcher's Daughter 'market' with scented candles, potted plants and organic veg to take-away
Did I mention I love terracotta potted plants. If I had been in London I'd have left with one of these...
True to their ethos 'we treat fruits and vegetables as a butcher would meat', their 'go green' surroundings are a reflection of their 100% vegetation and gluten free menu, all sourced from local farms in Upstate New York and Connecticut. This is truly the good life meets the concrete jungle of Lower Manhattan.
Behind the design of The Butcher's Daughter is founder Heather Tierney who 'loved the dichtomy of using industrial elements (concrete floors, steel meat hooks, heavy iron butcher rails) against softer earthy materials like beached raw wood, white tile and brick and greenery growing out of old chicken coop'. There is heaps of green display inspiration; succulents and cactus displayed on old vintage weighing scales, dried flowers placed in ceramic milk bottles, vegetables growing from old wooden wheelie carts, hanging rope tiered flower pots and grapes / herbs
suspended across the stretch of the bar.
Did I mention the juices and smoothies? Designed by Head Juiceologist Brandi Kowalski, together with founder Heather, expect some stomping smoothies, boasting the ultimate in exotic health ingredients from evening primrose oil, fennel and echinacea to goji berries, kale and avocado. Not in that order of course!
The Butcher's Daughter Juice Bar & Café, 19 Kenmare Street (corner of Elizabeth Street), New York.
Thank you again to the Urban Jungle bloggers for involving me in their initiative. For more urban jungle inspiration head over to Joelix to discover The Garden of Migration in South of France, Happy Interior Blog for a community garden in Vancouver and The Little Room of Style for Planten un Blomen in Hamburg. I hope you have enjoyed hearing about my latest urban jungle find.
Do you have an urban jungle discovery of your own?