Juice Press

1 W 22nd St. New York, NY 10011(212) 777-0034 • juicepress.com

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The lunchtime staff has to be one of the nicest, most helpful and generous groups I have encountered at a NYC restaurant. You can literally sample about a third of the menu for free. The prices, however, are a bit steep, which may explain how they can afford to give away all of those samples.

That said, the food- er juices, for the most part are very good and very healthy. A few misses, mostly on the food. But some very strong hits. My favorite in the food dept. would be the For the Love of Kale salad. Served with quinoa, tomatoes, raisins and a wonderful dressing that I believe is avocado based.

One the juice side of things, there are several winners. I like the Doctor Green and Doctor Earth the most, but the Fountain of Youth is also good. That said, if you are feeling a scratch in your throat, I highly suggest you rush over to the nearest location and buy yourself a Spicy Citrus. True to it’s name, this thing is so hot it will literally burn through anything you’ve got going on along with a few vital organs. KIDDING! Well, not kidding about the spicy part. But the healing power of this drink is not to be taken lightly. It is an elixir. Helping me escape the clutches of a cold more times than I can count.

On the snacky side of things, they also have some solid choices like the nuts and trail mixes and some of the best kale chips I’ve ever had.

On the skip it list, however, I would forgo the falafel salad. The falafels taste like compressed balls of tofu, which they probably are. And the key lime pie tastes like a slightly sweeter version of the falafels. They are both textbook cases of vegan food over-reaching to be dishes that it simply shouldn’t be and you can taste those limitations as a result. So keep your orders simple and you’ll be happy. Poor. But happy.

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The Ultimate Veggie Burger

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Cinnamon Snail – New York, NY

While its name is a bit difficult to pronounce, “The Gouchujong Burger,” that’s about the only thing I can say bad about it. This vegetarian badass is so damn impressive it almost doesn’t even deserve the “veggie” qualifier, because I swear, one bite and you will never even think to ask yourself, “where’s the beef?”

They start with a hearty mixture of grains and beans and vegetables and put together what is probably the most substantial patty I’ve ever come across in the land of vegan. Then, they top it with some seriously spicy kimchi and place it on a multigrain bun so boss that it almost acts like an extension of the burger itself. I’m not messing around. This is one veggie burger you don’t want to fuck with. Bring your appetite or bring a doggie bag.

The Ultimate Cupcake

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Terri – New York, NY

I’m bracing myself for the flack I’m about to catch on this one, but there is literally only one cupcake that makes my list and it isn’t where you think it is. Not Crumbs. Not Molly’s. Not Baked by Melissa or Buttercup or even Magnolia… It’s at Terri in New York City (23rd St. near 6th Ave.).

But, the most shocking thing about this is that Terri is actually a vegan, health food joint. Now I implore you not to get judgy. This cupcake is all that, without all THAT other crap that makes the other cupcakes the gut bombs that they are.

And this cupcake is every bit as good as its sugary brethren, without the guilt. Without the grains of refined poison grating against your teeth like sandpaper. Without the feeling that you just consumed a small dog.

Now, please keep in mind I am not a health nut. I eat my share of horrendously bad things for me. But at the end of the day, good is good. And great is undeniable. And there is no denying that Terri’s straight up chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting stands alone as the only cupcake worthy of my love.