New York City's Best Juice Bars
Never mind the chatter about cleanses and hyperbolic claims about health benefits. Juice is delicious -- period. Shops dedicated to the freshly pressed elixirs (extracted by pulverizing mounds of fruits and vegetables in an industrial machine) have been popping up around town, from old-school East Village street stands to shiny spa-like spaces where the precious liquids are doled out like prescriptions. With the weather warming up, now is the time to start sipping.
Here are our choices for the city's best juice bars:
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Heather Tierney, the cocktail empress and owner of Apotheke and Pulqueria, helms this shiny Nolita shrine to (mostly) raw vegan food and fresh-pressed juices. The restaurant recently rolled out a streamlined dinner menu crafted by Buvette veteran Joya Carlton, but the signature liquid concoctions are really where it's at. Sip down a "Mexican Sunrise" -- corn, jicama, cherimoya, aloe, lemon, lime, agave, and cayenne -- while dreaming of sun-soaked afternoons, or undo what you did the night before with a "Hangover Killer" (young Thai coconut, pineapple, yuzu, chili, evening primrose oil, and cilantro). The minimalist white space makes the place feel like a gallery; the vividly colored bottles are the art. 19 Kenmare St at Elizabeth St (212-219-3434).
Stroller-haters beware: Nectar tends to cater to the Brownstone Brooklyn mommy-and-me set. There may be breastfeeding. But if that doesn't faze you, it's easy to linger in this homey cafe. If the decibel levels surge, opt for the "Headache Blend" (apple, celery, carrot, cabbage, and celery) and perhaps a pair of headphones. 198 Court St. 718-855-6166.
Courtesy of Juicy Lucy Juice Bar
A longtime East Village stalwart with tiny shops -- more like shacks -- in two locations, Juicy Lucy offers drinks that are equal parts tropical and free love. Usher in spring with a fresh-pressed greens blend or pick up a bottle of "Basic C," a reddish-hued mix containing carrot, orange, and "a ray of sunshine." Chase it with a shot of wheatgrass and lament the loss of the neighborhood's authentic charms. 85 Ave. A 212-777-5829.