Almond Butter Lover at Moomah
Papaya Paradise at Liquiteria
The silky and just-thick-enough smoothie ($6.45) makes us wonder why we don't see papaya smoothies more often. Shredded coconut adds subtle texture and flavor to the papaya, banana, and peach mixture. Sweetened with a organic raw honey and apple cider, that lingering hint of vanilla comes from a base of vanilla soy milk.
Raspberry Cloud at 40 Carrots
At both Manhattan locations of 40 Carrots, Bloomingdale's incorporates their famous tangy frozen yogurt in a variety of smoothies. This one adds on raspberries, skim milk, and honey. What you get is quite thick and creamy, part dessert, part health drink. ($5)
Banana Boat at ABC Kitchen
$10 is pricey for a smoothie, even by NYC standards. But this is a special treat, based on creamy housemade walnut milk and frozen bananas, with a teaspoon of maca root powder, a dash of cinnamon, and a generous helping of bold, dark chocolate syrup made from raw cacao and agave.
Smoothies at Taim
At Taim, expect to find smoothies made with fresh fruit and not much sugar. The result is a drink that's more icy and refreshing than creamy and filling—perfect for a hot day. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I'm equally torn between the Date-Lime-Banana smoothie, and the Tamarind-Apple-Cane Sugar version pictured here ($4.50 each).
Mango Lassi at Hampton Chutney Co.
Creamy and silky-smooth, fruit-focused, and just sweet enough. There's a subtle tang from whole plain yogurt. In the late summer, they also make a Strawberry Lassi. One of the few places in the city where you can drop in for a lassi to-go. ($4.50)
Avocolada at One Lucky Duck
Smoothies to Order at Jus
Jus, a tiny take-out stand attached to north side of Coffee Shop in Union Square, has an excellent formula for their smoothies ($5.50): frozen fruit and nothing else. Pick from a selection that includes banana, mango, papaya, pineapple, strawberry and much more, and they'll blend it up.
Jus: 29 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003 (map); 212-243-7969
Mango Madness at Thompson Cafe
This unassuming Soho spot flies under the rada, but this smoothie with pureed mangoes, plenty of ginger, honey and orange juice is delicious. We like their kiwi smoothie, too.
Thompson Cafe: 68 Thompson Street New York, NY 10012 (map); 212-334-0177