There are a million things to do with mason jars. But Chloe Vichot came up with a unique new use: open a restaurant. That’s right: There is now a restaurant in New York City—Ancolie—that sells (practically) everything in a mason jar.
The no-waste oriented project was partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Ancolie received more than $54,000 from 525 backers when it closed funding in June 2016. The 15-seat restaurant opened on November 18 in a storefront in Manhattan’s West Village.
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The menu offers French-inspired, fast casual food for breakfast, lunch, dinner (the lunch and dinner menus are the same), and dessert. Each meal comes in a reusable, wide-mouth glass jar. They also sell freshly baked goods and coffee—not in mason jars, but in chic glass coffee mugs.
For breakfast, they offer fare like coconut chia pudding—starring coconut milk, chia seed, and a layer of cherry coulis.
For lunch, try the seasonal winter salad, which features butternut squash, parsnip, parsley, goat cheese, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds.
Prefer something warm? They also offer soups and other daily specials.
And the menu isn’t the only unique thing about Ancolie. The sleek space features geometric tiles on the floor and backsplash (we expect many Instagrams will be tagged with #ihavethisthingwithfloors), as well as muted mossy accents that provide a retro canteen vibe.
As with most Manhattan restaurants, the menu is quite pricey—vegetarian salads start at $14. But as a part of their no-waste initiative, those who bring back their Ancolie-branded jars get a $1 discount on their next purchase.
Can’t make it to New York? Try one of our three mason jar meals that make lunchtime so much easier.