Welcome to the new series...Allie's Aaçi? Not nearly a catchy enough or creative name. I'm still thinking about it and suggestions are welcomed. Every week I am going to find a new place to get an Acai bowl and will rate them on this scale:
Thickness: 1-5 1 being watery and 5 being the perfect Açai.
Add ons: 1-5 1 being they have limited to no choices 5 being it was exactly what I wanted.
Size: 1-5 1 being way too small 5 being very happy with the price to size ratio.
Price: I will just list the price here. My standard is around $10.
Location atmosphere: 1-4 1 being it was gross and the people were rude and 5 being super Instagramable and friendly. Also, how the people act when I ask questions. Are they nice? Are they rude?
Overall tastiness: Did I love it? Will I come back? Should you go?
I think maybe I should explain what Açai is, for those of you who have not experienced the tastiness. To be honest, it is a relatively new food to me as well. Açai is, in the easiest of terms, a smoothie bowl. What makes it special and gives it the funky name ("ah-sigh-EE") is the berry it is made from. Açaí palm trees are found in South American rainforests and produce a small berry that is about the size of a grape. These bowls have become somewhat of a superfood craze because they are packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. They look and have the consistency of a smoothie and ice cream so because of these two qualities combined, they have become very popular. Acai berries can be bought as a frozen puree in the freezer section of health food stores such as Whole Foods. Açai bowls are almost always paired with fruits, granola, coconut flakes, peanut or almond butter, chopped nuts, goji berries, cocoa nibs and anything relatively healthy that you can think of.
So, let's get started!
Name: Juice Press
Location: 1474 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028
It was a little melty, but not too bad.
I have to only give a 3 for add-ons because there was not a ton of options but the options were solid. You could choose three add-ons and I ended up only picking two because those were the only ones that really spoke to me. I loved the coconut flakes they were definitely the best part. I also added on goji berries which were really big and a choice I ended up being happy with. They had almond butter but I was going back home to eat it (only 3 blocks) and knew I was just going to add-on my own PB.
It could have been bigger for the price, but I wasn't disappointed by the size. The circumference is small but the bowl isn't shallow.
It is really small in here and it was very stuffy. There were not many options for sitting but the overall look of the place was earthy. There were fridges with juice in bottles and some healthy foods. The guys working there were nice but I was the only person in there and we had no conversation after I ordered and before I got the bowl.
Overall I really enjoyed this bowl but I've also had better. I wish they had a PB option because I personally really like peanut butter in my bowls. They also didn't have cocoa nibs -- another one of my favorite add ons. The Juice Press is clearly more of a juice place rather than wanting to be known for Açai.
Stay tuned for the next!