New York City is notorious for its liquid meal options. After all, when you’re in the city that never sleeps it only makes sense that getting drinks on the go is a way of life. But what’s all the rage about? A lot, really. Convenience aside, smoothies and juices offer a wealth of health benefits. They are a great way to get several servings of fruit and veggies in at one time while also providing you with extra vitamins and minerals.
But don’t get fooled into thinking that smoothies automatically translate to healthy. Buzzwords like frozen yogurt and sweetened yogurt actually pack on the calories, so your ‘healthy’ smoothie can potentially help you pack on the pounds. A heavy hand is no different, so watch the person who is making your drink and don’t be embarrassed to tell them exactly how much you want of a specific ingredient, or alert them that you feel too much of something has been added. Nut butters for example, can make or break your smoothie. As a healthy fat, a spoonful or two is fine. More than that is too much though, and will defeat the purpose of drinking something that’s good for you.
That said, there are plenty of smoothie options in New York City that are nutrient dense and worthy of your moolah. They don’t always come cheap, but these smoothies do come packed with flavor and are good for your well being. Check out a few of our favorite must-stops in the Big Apple:
With nearly a dozen traditional smoothies and almost 20 boosters, making a choice can be a daunting task. But there’s a reason why these folks blend 4,000 smoothies per week. We love the Big Green, which includes kale, spinach, avocado, strawberry, almond butter, vanilla almond milk, and chocolate protein powder. Their acai bowls (aka a smoothie that you eat with a spoon) are just as tasty. Check out the Mean Green, which includes super green food, apple cider, vanilla almond milk, bananas, blueberries, and granola.
Where: multiple locations; East Village, Chelsea, Union Square East, Union Square West, the West Village, and Grand Central. Liquiteria also has a presence in Boston.
This hotspot offers a variety of smoothies, fresh and cold pressed juices, acai bowls, a bakery, vegan lunch options, shots, and a ‘juice farmacy.’ For something a little out of the ordinary, order a Kale Kolada. We think it’s extra fun because it’s served in a coconut shell, but packs a powerful punch with its abundance of spinach, kale, banana, and - you guessed it - young coconut. If you’re yearning for summer, the I Love Watermelon smoothie can give you a taste of it. Its medley of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon is straight up sweet, and may very well leave you craving a warm weather BBQ.
Where: multiple locations; Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Midtown East, Midtown West, Gramercy, Union Square, Greenwich Avenue, Prince Street, Bleecker Street, Financial District, and Williamsburg
If you’re wondering if someone named Terri owns this joint, the answer is no. The co-owners don’t have the same mother, but they do have mothers with the same name, and therefore named the small chain of plant-based eateries after their moms. We crave the Almond Delight on a regular basis. It includes almond butter, raw cacao, banana, dates, and cinnamon. Choose from soy, almond, or coconut milk as your base. A variety of proteins can be added.
Where: multiple locations; Midtown East, Chelsea, and the Financial District
The Butcher’s Daughter
The Butcher’s Daughter takes its smoothies and juices incredibly serious. So seriously in fact, that it employs a head juiceologist. This self-professed ‘vegetable slaughter house’ is committed to supporting the local community by sourcing its produce from local farmers, and offers its patrons a relaxed old-world ambiance. Its raw smoothies offer some unique superfood-packed combinations that are incredibly tasty. Two favorites include Solar Power and Brazilian Blast. The first is a blend of avocado, pineapple, coconut, kale, cilantro, and hemp protein, while the later includes acai, goji, local berries, almond milk, and camu camu.
Where: New York City locations include Nolita, NoHo, and the West Village. The restaurant also has a presence in Los Angeles.
The Taim Falafel and Smoothie Truck
Falafels and smoothies are an unlikely combination, but the folks at Taim get it spot on. Homesick for Tel Aviv street food, the husband and wife team chose Taim as the name of their food truck because it means tasty and delicious in Hebrew. Its signature smoothies include combos such as pear, lemon, and mint. A make-your-own option is also available and includes a choice of fruits, selection of milk bases, and add ons like chia seeds or flaxseeds. Bonus perk: they’re some of the most affordable smoothies in the city.
Where: The truck travels Mondays through Thursdays in the Financial District, Flatiron, and West Soho. Taim also operates storefronts in Nolita and the West Village.