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New York’s Most Refreshing Iced Drinks

42281-hi-drinksBuck up sun worshippers — it’s not hot chocolate and cider season just yet!  So chill out with a variety of New York’s most delicious iced drinks, like the refreshing Coffee Granita at Greenwich Village staple, Caffe Reggio, the frosty, mint-infused Lemonade at the elevated comfort food mini-chain, Westville, the fresh-pressed juices at Flatiron’s Cafe El Presidente, and Pizza Moto’s “Palmer Float,” at the recently opened Berg’n in Brooklyn.

Berg’n

Berg’n
899 Bergen St
Brooklyn,New York 11238
(718) 857-2337

This brand new, year-round Brooklyn beer hall and food court from the Smorgasburg team serves eats from many of their longstanding vendors, such as Mighty Quinn’s, AsiaDog, Blue Marble, and yes, even the intensely buzzy Ramen Burger.  And in addition to their selection of creative slices, we’re loving the “Palmer Float” from top-notch pie shop, Pizza Moto, a thirst-quenching combination of peach sorbet and unsweetened black iced tea.

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Caffe Reggio

Caffe Reggio
119 Macdougal St
Greenwich Village,New York 10012
(212) 475-9557

This West Village landmark (it opened in 1927), may claim to serve the “Original Cappucino,” but it’s well worth visiting during warmer seasons as well.  Because in addition to offering chilled Cappucinos and traditional, multi-flavored Frappe’s (foamy, shaken iced coffee drinks), they also make an indulgent, frosty Granita; an Italian coffee slush blended with both whipped and iced cream.

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Liquiteria

Liquiteria
170 2nd Ave
Chelsea,New York 10003
(212) 358-0300

Among the first to serve cold-pressed juices in New York when they first opened in 1996, Liquiteria now boasts multiple locations throughout the city.  Cleanse your system with vitamin, mineral, and live enzyme-packed offerings, such as “Watermelon,” “Summer Garden” (tomato, jalapeno, pineapple), and “Carrot l’Orange,” or fresh, healthy smoothies, including the luscious “Blue Velvet,” made with acai, blueberries, vanilla whey protein, coconut butter, coconut sugar, almond butter and vanilla almond milk.

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Melvin’s Juice Box

Melvin’s Juice Box
130 W Houston St
Chelsea,New York 10012
(646) 588-5375

This Jamaican café attached to the super-sceney Miss Lily’s specializes in a variety of good-for-you potions, made by downtown juicing legend, Melvin Major Jr.  Try the “Sweet and Dandy” (apple, beet and lemon), the “Green Light” (kale, celery and collards), or the “Rise-Up” (wheatgrass, strawberry, and banana), as well as the Cold-Brewed Blue Mountain Coffee or aromatic Sorrel; a popular Caribbean herb infused in an iced ginger hibiscus tea.

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Café El Presidente

Café El Presidente
3938 Broadway
Flatiron District,New York 10032
(212) 927-7011

This sprawling Flatiron sibling to La Brisa and Tacombi serves as a combination taco spot, Mexican market, all-day café and juice bar.  So swing by the Lupita stand and get a freshly pressed pineapple or papaya juice to-go, or relax at a table with a creamy Horchata (a cinnamon and vanilla-flavored rice drink), or wonderfully refreshing Agua Fresca, made with watermelon, pineapple or hibiscus.

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Pasar Malam

Pasar Malam
208 Grand St
Brooklyn,New York 11211
(718) 487-4576

This new, highly authentic Malaysian spot in Williamsburg serves dishes popularized in Southeast Asian street markets, such as Roti Canai and Asam Laksa — so it only makes sense to pair them with truly traditional drinks.  Don’t miss the Sugar Cane Juice; the fibrous stalks hacked with a machete before your very eyes, the jiggly Grass Jelly with Lychee, and a selection of “holistic” beverages, such as the licorice-based “Lo Honko” or the “Powsom So,” made with corn and ginseng.

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Jacques Torres

Jacques Torres
110 E. 57th St.
Midtown East,New York 10022
718-875-1269

As we said earlier, it’s not quite hot chocolate season.  Which means, thankfully, there’s still time to try the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate, from iconic chocolatier, Jacques Torres.  Offered in multiple flavors, like Peanut Butter, Espresso, and the cayenne-spiked “Wicked,” they’re made from rich, melted chocolate, blended with silky drinking chocolate and a little bit of crushed ice.  Wicked indeed!

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Westville

Westville
173 Avenue A
East Village,NY 10009
(212) 677-2933

Far superior to a glass full of Country Time, the vibrantly green Lemonade at the appealing mini-chain, Westville, is more like a mint-infused Slushie.  Blended with just a touch of honey and served in a tall, frosted glass, you can even order your lemonade topped with a bubbly float of Prosecco, if you stop by during dinner hours!

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