When I was a teenager, frozen yogurt was big. Throughout college, it was still big. The last time I went out for frozen yogurt (I mean, FroYo) I was probably wearing jean shorts and Jack Purcells and crossing Russell Boulevard from my sorority house to hit the frozen yogurt shop near Safeway. And the way I remember it was: chocolate, vanilla, toppings such as gummy bears, crushed Oreos and Butterfingers.
Flash forward eleventy million years and I'm walking along Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn and see Oko. I am intrigued. Also, I am hot and hungry, so I go in. Oko is frozen yogurt for 2007; everything is green or all-natural or organic or re-purposed or recycled or reclaimed. The packaging is all made from renewable or recycled materials. The cleaning products used in-house are all non-toxic. The yogurt is made locally by a Greek family and the toppings and other ingredients are from local suppliers whenever possible. The teas are fair-trade. The shop itself is green: the counter tops are made from sunflower hulls, the walls have bamboo paneling and the paint is all VOC-free. Blah blah blah dual-flush toilets, LED lights, etc. 1% of all sales are donated to environmental causes. It's cool.
...none of which would impress me if the product wasn't good. Well, maybe a little, but I was converted the second I took a bite of the frozen yogurt. I had the original plain flavor (although there were 2 or 3 others available) topped with fat, fresh blackberries, and I have to say that this frozen yohurt put TCBY to shame. The yogurt was rich and tangy -- I wish I could come up with more words to described it, but rich and tangy pretty much covers it, and I couldn't have asked for more. It's seriously good.
Plus, that somewhat smug, I-just-helped-the-planet feeling burns lots of calories, I hear.
Oko (718 398-3671) is located at 152 Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, at De Graw Street.