Robyn Berkley from Live the Process Top 5 NYC Juice Bars
I was a child obsessed with juicing commercials and infomercials. At 9, I bought my first juicer, called the Juiceman. Both my imagination and body were nourished when blending my own concoctions of fruit and vegetables, while most of my friends snacked on cookies and chips. As I grew up and entered adulthood, juicing continued to be part of my daily life. Hence, watching juice bars proliferate in New York City has made me all the more an enthusiast. I definitely have my favorite go-to spots, as I live and work downtown and it is all about convenience and quality of the juice, which I’m excited to share herewith:
19 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012
Note: This self-described “vegetable slaughter house” in Nolita feels so light and airy and vacation-like. It’s an aura evocative of L.A., where people work and socialize over healthy food and juice –a lifestyle. And a great spot to meet people for a juice or light vegan food and chill out and escape New York City for a bit. Green juice is normally my M.O., but here my favorite juice is the Rubies in the Dust (beet, carrot, ginger, local berries, plum, flax seed oil, rosemary). Second would be their version of the greenest juice available, Stalks & Leaves (zucchini, celery, green leaf lettuce, spinach, watercress, lemon, dill), which is more inventive than most green juices. Lastly, I highly recommend their elixir shots, especially the Liquid Vitality. When I am feeling a little under the weather it supplements me with the energy I need to get through the day.
78 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Note: After just opening this past winter, Hu Kitchen has developed quite the cult following – there are not many places that cater to the gluten-free eater. I frequent Hu Kitchen as many times as I can during the week for both food and morning juices. Their juices are all organic and surprisingly simple. They taste fresh, and normally l lean to the Organic Demi Vert if I am craving the sweetness from an apple, or the Organic Super Duper Green with carrot juice. Both are simple pleasures and a great way to start your morning and the digestive process. The food menu also entices, from the granola to the raw ice cream and stuffed acorns to the breakfast bowls and mashbar.
130 E 7th Street
New York, NY 10009
Note: I had been hearing raves about this new East Village juice spot and went to check it out a few months ago, appropriately before a doctor’s visit. I arrived when they were opening for the day and was thrilled to try their GO Green juice, which is Norwalk cold-pressed and all greens. I returned several times, as I wanted to try out all of their food, and loved the guacamole, sunflower Caesar salad and the tacos. It’s a simple neighborhood spot that embraces healthy and clean living. On my must-try list for next time are their smoothies and desserts.
Melvin’s Juice Box @ Miss Lily’s
130 W Houston Street
New York, NY 10012
Note: I had been going to see Melvin [Major Jr., the owner of Melvin’s Juice Box] way before Miss Lily’s, as he made the best juices at the Life Thyme Market on 6th Avenue. I love his new place – it has the greatest energy when you walk in. You feel like you are in Jamaica on vacation and eating local favorites that are fresh and flavorful. The two juices I normally sip are the Green Light (kale, celery, collard greens, green chard, parsley, lemon and ginger) – this juice is great for digestion, energy and alkalizing the body – and the Body Good (kale, collard greens, green chard, celery, apple, lemon and ginger). If I want something fruity, I love the Tropical Storm (coconut with blueberry and pineapple).
69 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
Note: Juice Generation is a corporate crowd-pleaser: commercial and basic. They have all of the usual offerings and, most importantly, the produce is organic. I usually stick with the Super Duper Greens and substitute apple for carrot. They do have some impressive raw food options, although gluten-free options are limited. I also have tried some of their Farmacy juices, which are great when I’m feeling a bit sick. It’s a good go-to spot, especially when you finish with the gym. It lacks the character and soul of my other choices, but works grandly in a pinch.