Best Organic Juice Bars in New York City
Finding an organic juice bar in New York City is not hard to do. They are popping up everywhere these days, much to my delight! I, like many typical New Yorkers, simply do not have the counter space in my kitchen on which to store and use a juicer. I love the benefits of juicing and the burst of natural energy that I get from a freshly squeezed mix of fruits and veggies, so luckily there is no shortage of options outside my front door. No matter which neighborhood I am in, I can do a quick Google search for juice bars and have a selection from which to choose. If you are visiting New York and are looking to keep up your juicing routine during your trip, make sure to try one of my top five favorite juice bars:
1. Juice Generation
With several locations throughout the city, Juice Generation offers fresh juices and smoothies using locally sourced and organic fruits and vegetables. Many of their smoothies have a global flare using ingredients such as mangosteen and acai. I love their coco blends, fruit and greens mixed with freshly cracked young Thai coconuts. So refreshing! There is always a line, but the service moves quickly and efficiently, so it’s never a long wait.
They also offer delicious organic sandwiches and salads, perfect to pick up for lunch. The kale and avocado salad with raisins, carrots, and raw sunflower seeds is one of my favorites.
Recommended: Garden Green Coco (kale, spinach, banana, and coconut), Hail to Kale (kale, apple, watermelon, and lemon), and Mr. Greengenes (apple, pear, mango, banana, and spirulina).
2. One Lucky Duck
Located in Gramercy and in Chelsea Market, everything offered at this raw and vegan juice bar is organic and delicious. From juices and smoothies to take-away salads and snacks, many of which are gluten and nut free, the menu will tempt you with all the fresh ingredients and unusual combinations. I often head to Chelsea Market for lunch and love to pick up a fresh juice or smoothie to help me refuel for a busy afternoon.
Recommended: Bunny Brew (carrot, apple, and ginger), Green Apple (Fuji apple, cucumber, celery, mint, lime, and spinach), and Spanking (smoothie with fresh coconut, blueberry, banana, cashew milk, cinnamon, and vanilla).
Liquiteria has become my go-to for a wholesome hydration fix. Although not near my apartment or my office, whenever I can I make the trek to the East Village to pick up a cold-pressed juice or a liquid Rx (juices made with specific health enhancing supplements). Unlike traditional juicers, cold-pressed juice allows the juice to stay fresher longer and preserves more nutrients as the fruits and vegetables aren’t exposed to as much oxygen. So I can pick up a few bottles to last me for two to three days at a time. The menu here is quite extensive and they offer a wide range of liquid assets (certified organic herbal blends) and supplements that you can add in to your fresh-pressed juice for an extra health boost. In the summer the floor-to-ceiling windows pull back and you can sit on one of the stools to enjoy the open-air atmosphere while sipping your refreshingly clean drink.
Recommended: Grasshopper (apple, pear, pineapple, wheatgrass, and mint), Beets Me (carrot, beet, apple, pear, lemon, and ginger), and Tropical Kiss (a smoothie with mango, strawberries, peaches, apple cider, and Vitamin C).
4. Integral Yoga Natural Foods
Ticked away in the back corner of this health food store is one of my favorite juice bars in New York. Unassuming and without the shiny newness of other juice bars, this bar focuses purely on organic, fresh ingredients. Everything is made to order with 100% organic greens, vegetables, and fruits. You can choose the add-in supplements and the base used for smoothies (soy, rice, or almond milk or unsweetened apple juice). Both the juice and the smoothie menus are quite extensive and anything can be altered to fit your dietary needs. Deciding on just one will take a while! The staff is very knowledgeable, though, so don’t hesitate to ask about the ingredients or for recommendations. I also love to stop here in the winter months for their organic spiced hot chocolate made with soy or rice milk.
Recommended: Green Lemonade (apple, kale, parsley, and lemon), Stress Tonic (carrot, beet, kale, celery, and parsley), and the Emerald Green Smoothie (pineapple, celery, kale, collard greens, green apple and soy milk, rice milk, or filtered water).
5. Organic Avenue
No list on juice bars in NYC is complete without mentioning Organic Avenue. Known for their cleanses, you can also purchase their cold-pressed glass bottled juices separately to get your nutritional juice fix. The neat bottles are organized and alluring on the refrigerated shelves, and while the juices are not made on site, they are all guaranteed to be made fresh daily. Each organic juice is cold-pressed and bottled that morning in recycled glass containers. And while it is one of the more expensive juice bars, if you bring back the empty bottle you will get $2 cash back, a great way to encourage recycling. Made popular by celebrity fans such as Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow, Organic Avenue is rapidly growing throughout the city, so you won’t have to travel far to taste the benefits of these juice combinations.
Recommended: Green Love (kale, celery, romaine, cucumber, swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, pear, lemon, and parsley), Green Monkey Smoothie (banana, kale, Thai coconut water, lucuma fruit, barley, and wheatgrass powder), and Chai Love Smoothie (cashew, hemp, and dates mixed with traditional Indian spices).
All Photos © 2012 Britta Duncan