Comparing the Prices at New York’s Outrageously Pricey Juice Chains

At what point did a juice become the same price as a double cheeseburger?

  • JuiceChains in New York
  • Name: Creative Juices


Least Expensive Item: $5.75 for a Lean and Green Smoothie

Most Expensive Item: $12.95 for a Grin and Berry It Smooth Fusion

Good For: Repentant food nerds who prefer their juice to have the Danny Meyer seal of approval.
  • Name: Organic Avenue
Least Expensive Item: $7 for a 14oz bottle of Matcha Chia Glo
Most Expensive Item: $13 for a 15oz bottle of Coconut Mylk
Good For: Juice-cleanse nuts who will never put a price on "looking fabulous." Lululemon gear and a Soho address optional.
  • Name: Juice Generation Website: Least Expensive Item:  $3.95 for 12oz of Cold Warrior, an immunity-bulding hot blend of green tea, fresh oranges, ginger and others. Most Expensive Item: $8.95 for Amazing Green, a blend of organic acai, banana, spinach, kale, and almond milk Good For: Health-food veterans who can maneuver their way around exotica like hemp protein, sea buckthorn, and maca.
  • Name: Elixir Juice Website: Least Expensive Item: $5.95 for a 12oz juice or smoothie Most Expensive Item: $11.99 for a 16oz pre-bottled smoothie like the Dinokale, with avocado and watercress Good For: Equinox gym rats who like their juices to boost immunity, mend moods, and come with a heaping of supplements like protein and bee pollen.
  • Name: Jamba Juice
Least Expensive Item:  $4.95 for a 16oz smoothie
Most Expensive Item:  $6.85 for a 32oz smoothie
Good For: People who are as serious about health as they are about the Facebook Causes they "like"—let's face it, this is the McDonald's of juice chains.
  • Name: Juice Press
Least Expensive Item: $3.27 for a bottle of {Z} Aloe Water
Most Expensive Item: $15 for a bottle of The Guru (coconut water, whole blended apple, goji berries, blueberry, hemp protein powder, raw cacao, and banana)
Good For: A very high-maintenance, stay-at-home 30-year old model with an "allergy" to anything non-organic.
  • Name: Planet Smoothie
Least Expensive Item: $2.95 for 12oz of freshly squeezed OJ
Most Expensive Item: $8.45 for 44oz of Planet Pro
Good For: Those who'd be just as happy going to Jamba Juice, but don't have one close-by (this juicery is the Taco Bell to Jamba's McDonald's.)

Somewhere, in the recent course of human history, New Yorkers decided that it was okay to spend $12 on a cup of blended greens that looks like it’s been scooped directly out of a swamp (sorry, no amount of lemon juice and cayenne pepper can change that). It’s a testament to juicing’s ubiquity that the word itself now evokes images of Lululemon-clad toting Organic Avenue bottles, rather than Major League baseball players pumping themselves full of steroids.

Drinking smoothies and wheatgrass shots is nothing new for American health nuts, but a perfect storm of health-consciousness and trendy organic ingredients (holler, kale) has cranked the juice craze up to 11. And looking at menus at juice bars around town, it’s clear that the game done changed—there’s a higher emphasis than ever on “cleanses” designed to flush the body of toxins (and compensate for an otherwise louche lifestyle); juices are packed with ingredients you never thought about drinking, like Irish sea moss and garlic; and prices have steadily risen as the juice bar evolved into the juice chain, with the branding wars to match.

To get a clearer picture of the options that have stormed the city—as well as what they think you’re willing to pay for a hemp-spiked beet concoction—we did some research to bring you the Juice Bar Price Index.

Click through the gallery above to explore the most popular juice bar chains in New York City, as well as how much they’ll hurt your wallet.


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