Drink your way to better health by visiting one of these juice bars, purveyors of freshness, temples of nutrients, vendors of all-nature goodness. By Jessica Allen.
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Melvin’s Juice Box
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The New York Times says that Melvin Major Jr. “may be New York’s first celebrity juicer.” After working for many years at a health food store in Greenwich Village, Major was given star billing at the juice bar affiliated with Miss Lily’s, an epicenter of coolness and Caribbean food in Soho. The juices on offer here include the Lighting Bold Immune Booster (garlic, echinacea, golden seal, beets, b-complex, carrots, vitamin C, apple, ginger, banana, and spirulina) and the Green Light (collard greens, lemon, celery, ginger, green chard, kale, and parsley).
The Butcher's Daughter
This vegetarian cafe and juice bar is run by Heather Tierney, who co-owns Apotheke and Pulqueria, on the Lower East Side. Perhaps the idea is that you can party hard at either the destination bar or Mexican bar/restaurant, respectively, then recuperate here, with juices like the Hangover Killer (pineapple, cilantro, chili, young Thai coconut, evening primrose oil, and yuzu) or the Honey Bee (bee pollen, turmeric root, anjou pear, yuzu, grapefruit, kumquat, and honey). There are elixir shots, smoothies, nut milks, coffee, teas, and food too.
The folks behind Juice Press believe that “it’s what you leave out from your diet that leads to optimal health.” So the juices on offer don’t have additives or preservatives or processed ingredients. Instead, they’re raw, fresh, and yummy, never frozen, never pasteurized, always organic. Drink Your Salad includes beet, tomato, celery, parsley, kale, carrot, spinach, water, lemon, and “pinches” of sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne powder, while $*#%ing Genius has aloe, vegan dha omega oil, ginkgo brain formula, coconut oil, and filtered water.
Juicing since 1999, Juice Generation relies on locally grown, pesticide-free produce to craft made-to-order concoctions such as Dr. Bombay (cinnamon, vitamin C, pear, zinc, apple, and echinacea) and Garden Green Coco (banana, spinach, kale, and a whole coconut [!!!]). Exclamation points ours. If you want to cleanse, you can pick up a to-go pack from Cooler Cleanse. And here’s another reason to get your juice from a Juice Generation around the city: as a member of 1% for the Planet, it donates at least 1 percent of profits to environmental causes.
Oasis Juice Bar
A relatively new addition to the neighborhood, this Harlem juice bar whips up drinks with names that let you know how you’re about to help your body, including Gain Muscle (protein powder, coconut milk, almond butter, and banana), Cold Worrier (orange juice, hot water, honey, ginger, and lemon), and the somewhat more cryptic, and emphatic, CARBO (orange, banana, and carrot). If you’re lucky, the counter person will blend each element separately, so you’re given a chilled, stratified cup, and it’ll be up to you to mix everything together into several delicious slurps.