[Photograph: Craig Cavallo]

The hardest part about leaving Serious Eat Head Quarters en route for the nearby Bowery McDonald's is passing Great NY Noodletown, where roast baby pig is nigh impossible to pass up. But Great NY Noodletown hasn't launched a new blueberry pomegranate smoothie ($2.29, small, 220 calories) like McDonald's has.

The new drink is a refreshing, icy blend of blueberries and raspberries, if a bit thick and weighty should you get the optional dose of yogurt (we did). The berry flavor is sweet and surprisingly passable, balanced by a splash of tart pomegranate juice. And true to fast food fashion, it all whirs together inside a giant blender at the touch of a button and is ready in seconds. Not sure it would pair well with chicken nuggets or burgers, but there are worse things to drink on a summer's day.

Have you tried the New McCafé Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie? What did you think?


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