The only thing more on trend in New York than meditation studios are the juice bars yogis visit after their class. The liquid green scene is happening all over town. No longer are they a summery cool down beverage, but rather a daily ritual. Here’s where to get your morning hit and where to tackle the best juice cleanses in NYC.
Okay, so this may be nothing new but liquid sipping has gone high end with a surplus of juice bar chains opening around the city offering their own niche style. As a casual drinker of a green juice I decided I needed to see what the fuss was all about. Word of advice: Living in New York, no one gawks at the price of a $10 juice.
These juicers pride themselves on being the pioneers of cold press juice, which is the extraction of juice by pressing and grinding to retain all raw vitamins, mineral and live enzymes rather than blending with blades, which produces heat and essentially reduce nutrients.
The thing I love about Liquiteria, is the variety within the delicious All Greens juices. It comes plain for the regulars, with apple for those who want a bit of sweetness and then a lemon and ginger option for the hard-core greenies.
Everyone was raving about Turmeric Tone, a juice claiming to help with digestion and fight off sickness. Hesitant to try this turmeric, probiotic, lemon and maple syrup concoction, I can’t say I was dying for more but I knew it was doing good for my body.
I took down the Juice Press greenest of greenest, Mother Earth. It was quite bitter compared to other green mixtures I’ve had but I loved the fact I could go straight to the fridge and pick my juice instead of waiting. I am an impatient New Yorker. I know, you can roll your eyes at me. JP presses all their juices off site and delivers to shop fronts each morning, claiming to have the shortest shelf life of any juice company.
If you are feeling courageous try the new juice Mother F’in Fireball. It is a spicy hybrid between the Ginger Fireball and Mother Earth and is heavy on cayenne, ginger and oregano. I was too chicken to try but I hear your body will thank you for it.
If compared to the social status in Game of Thrones, Juice Generation is like a Tyrell, lacks elite status but has potential to fit in with the ‘it’ crowd, hence my frequency there. Supa Dupa Greens is my go-to morning fix. Jammed packed with every green you can think of it still manages to have that sweet taste.
To keep up with the Lannisters, JG released a ready-made Activated Lemonade line. What is it you ask? A tablespoon of activated charcoal in the citrus drink. Charcoal is used to treat overdoses and poisonings, help organs function and even improve bad breath. It’s the black charcoal that gives the lemonade a daunting black color, but I promise it doesn’t affect the taste.
Miss Lily’s | Multiple Locations
Miss Lily’s is a Caribbean oasis, so there is no excuse if you don’t walk out with a skip in your step. I love the Jamaican Flare and honestly think everything on the menu is a hit.
This juicery is best for the health nuts that might say you can never put a price on feeling fabulous. Known for its detox cleanses, Organic Avenue come in as the priciest option.
The ‘Wellness Concierge’ directed me to try the Royal Red Juice, a pick me up, guilt-free sweet fix. Intended to replace your morning Joe, this natural energy booster is filled with beets, carrots, pears, pineapple, oranges and a hit of lemon and ginger and tastes like a healthy fruit punch.
The Butcher’s Daughter | Multiple Locations
The Butcher’s Daughter is a vegetarian café and juice bar in NYC that probably best understands that we all have social lives, and do make mistakes. The Hangover Killer sounds like it would rid your body of anything bad with a pineapple, cilantro, chilli, young Thai coconut, evening primrose oil, and yuzu mixture. I have a long list to try at this juice bar, from the Rubies in the Dust that has beets, berries and rosemary to the Water Flower, a watermelon, cactus and honeydew potion.
Hailing from ‘down under’, Steph Ridhalgh is a journalist, producer and blogger who suffers a serious case of geographic schizophrenia. Currently fulfilling her dream of living in New York, you can usually find her wandering the city streets, camera in hand.
Steph is the founder of STEP(h) ABROAD, a travel and lifestyle resource sharing her experiences as she gallivants around the globe.