Do you engage a rich culinary lifestyle like so many New Yorkers (myself included)? Think about a juice cleanse. Now, before you deduce that I’m full of health-freak, tofu bologna, listen to this: you have to give your body a break from processed foods, pub dinners, sugary sodas, and copious amounts of alcohol. These types of foods and drinks leave behind harmful toxins that build up in your gastrointestinal system, causing you to feel lethargic from all the gunk. Juices benefit you by giving you necessary nutrients to function with high energy, but without the “food coma.” This is just science, folks. So whether you want to skip one meal to decrease the bloat or dive into a multi-day cleanse, these juice bars have some of the healthiest, all-natural satiating drinks around.
The antithesis to processed foods, Juice Press only serves great-tasting, 100 percent raw and organic juices, cold-pressed every morning. In fact, the juices are bottled fresh each day with HPP, an innovative packaging method that eschews preservatives or additives in the process. Start with the popular Drink Your Salad with beet, kale, garlic, lemon, and onion powder – or my favorite, Spicy Citrus, a cayenne-spiked grapefruit and ginger concoction. Various locations around the city mean you'll never be far from this liquid goodness (check their website for details).1
With the vastest selection of green juices I’ve seen – ranging from matcha to jalapeño – Organic Avenue is the destination for fitness-focused, meditation-loving juice cleansers. Their booster shots, including the classic wheatgrass and cleansing aloe, make great additions to their “clean” foods – and the juices, while small, pack quite the nutrition punch, full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healing properties. There are multiple locations around the city for this place, too, so check their website for the nearest outpost.2
Hidden behind a record shop next to Jamaican favorite Miss Lily’s, Melvin’s Juice Box mixes funky concoctions of incredibly intense and vivid flavors: think kale, ginger, agave, cayenne pepper, and apple cider ... along with fresh empanadas. There’s actually a guy named Melvin behind it – and he’s quite the legend, having spent more than 20 years in the organic juice scene. You can bet there’s reggae on the speakers, too.3
Manjoor Estate doesn’t have a storefront (yet), but the science behind these juices is spot-on. Founder Sunitha Ramaiah, who grew up on a spice farm in India, studied the health benefits of numerous spices such as tamarind, vanilla, ginger, turmeric, and saffron, which have been shown to help prevent everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s to low libido. She combines these spices into innovative Earth, Water, Air, and Fire combinations with coconut water, fruits, and yogurt. Visit the Manjoor Estate website to order your own.4