NYC Chapter

Ocean Friendly Restaurants

Our Love for the Ocean Doesn’t End When We Leave the Beach.

One restaurant, one customer at a time, increases awareness, drives change in behavior, and ultimately creates a scalable impact to reduce our plastic footprint.

The Ocean Friendly Restaurants program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for our ocean. Interested in becoming a Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant Member?

Restaurants participating must follow the first five criteria:

  • No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam).
  • Proper recycling practices are followed.
  • Only reusable foodware is used for onsite dining. *
  • No plastic bags offered with take out or to-go orders and utensils and condiments are provided only upon request. 
  • Paper straws are provided only upon request.**
  • Beverages are not sold in plastic bottles.

* Foodware includes dinnerware, drinkware, silverware, and ramekins/containers.
** Exceptions may be made for alternatives made from other naturally occurring materials and reusables.

And choose a minimum of three of these criteria:

  • Concessions and pre-packaged food items are not sold in plastic packaging.
  • Discount is offered for customers with reusable cup, mug, bag, etc.
  • Vegetarian/vegan food options are offered on a regular basis
  • All seafood must be a ‘Best Choice’ or ‘Good Alternative’ as defined by Seafood Watch or certified as sustainable.
  • Water conservation and pollution mitigation efforts are implemented.
  • Energy efficiency efforts are in place.
  • Composting efforts are in place for food waste.
  • Neither single-use plastic nor bio-based plastic containers are used for takeout or to-go orders, reusable containers are preferred.

Restaurants that meet all of the criteria are recognized as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant.


Ocean Friendly Restaurants of New York City

148C Duane Street
TriBeCa, NY 10013

92 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002

Pier 25 Hudson River Park
New York, NY 10013

102 North End Ave
New York, NY 10282

57 W 10th St.
New York, NY 10011

55 Church St
New York, NY 10007

1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10019


143 Beach 116th Street,
Rockaway Park NY, 11694

190 Beach 69th Street
Arverne, NY 11692

190 Beach 69th St,
Arverne, NY, 11692


146 Carder Road
Governors Island
New York, NY 11231

Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Other New York

205 Lakeshore Drive Canandaigua, NY 14424

Surfrider Foundation acknowledges that we cannot claim that all listed Restaurants are 100% in compliance with OFR standards at all times, but that Surfrider Foundation strives to diligently review compliance on a regular basis. If an Ocean Friendly Restaurant is found to be out of compliance, they are removed from the website as quickly as possible. Such a restaurant will not be reinstated on the list of Ocean Friendly Restaurants, until the compliance issue is remedied.