The biggest food trend in the fashion world isn’t food at all — it’s juice. Whether a full five-day cleanse or just a quick bottle as a meal replacement, juicing is all the rage these days. And luckily, in New York, we’re not limited to drab, flavorless juices from the supermarket shelves. Across the city, chefs and juicers have put real culinary consideration into their liquid creations: think corn-jicima-cayenne or greens with jalapeño and cilantro. These concoctions run from the sweet fruit-based blends to the bitter vegetable ones to the refreshing re-thought lemonades and even satisfying nut milks. In honor of Fashion Week, here are five juice bars to try — each with its own signature styles.
Melvin’s Juice Box
The lively, bright lunch counter and juice shop is an offshoot of Jamaican restaurant Miss Lily‘s next door, and has a bit of a Caribbean feel as well. Coconut shows up often — like in the Cococado with coconut and avocado and the Rootsman with coconut, kale and banana — but there are original vegetable concoctions as well, including the Real V-8, with collard greens, red onion, tomato, pepper and a whole lot more. 130 W. Houston St., 646-588-5375, misslilysnyc.com/melvins
One of New York’s oldest juice bars is still one of its best. Its tasty juices run from the no-nonsense all-vegetable All Greens made with kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery and cucumber to the sweet, unusual Pili Milk, a mix of raw pili nuts, cacao, vanilla, coconut sugar and crystal salt. 170 2nd Ave. 212-358-0300, liquiteria.com
This mini-chain, with 12 locations in the New York area, sells a huge variety of fresh bottled juices, including one of the biggest green juice selections in town. Go for the Sweet Greens if you like the health benefits of a green juice but the welcome sweetness of lime, pear and ginger; the Mellow Love if you want just the earthy, vegetal stuff; the Jalapiña with jalapeño and cilantro for something more fun; or the almond-based Super Green Mylk for something substantial. (And those are just the greens.) Multiple locations, organicavenue.com
The Butcher’s Daughter
This Nolita restaurant and juice bar wanders far outside the box: while other shops stick with conventional fruits and vegetables, The Butcher’s Daughter arranges unusual combinations with a chef’s eye for flavor. Try the Mexican Sunrise (corn, jicima, cherimoya, aloe, cayenne) or the Eastern Promise (lemongrass, Anjou pear, cucumber, ginger, kaffir lime). 19 Kenmare St., 212-219-3434, thebutchersdaughter.com
Juices at this small New York chain are all cold-pressed daily, a process said to keep more of the nutrients intact. It’s used to create vegetable-packed concoctions like Drink Your Salad, which is made with just about every vegetable under the sun, along with garlic and onion powder, or the substantial, comforting Cardamom Milk, made with coconut milk and ginger juice backing up the spice. Multiple locations, juicepress.com
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