- Rouge Tomate
10 E. 60th St., nr. Madison Ave. 646-237-8977
“Fresh juice” is the first rule of modern mixology, but the cocktail program at Rouge Tomate might be the only one in town to avail itself of its very own juice bar, a glass-enclosed annex behind the long, curving bar. What sets this place apart from the Jamba franchises and health spas of the world is its liquor license, which means that your concoction, while teeming with antioxidants and vitamins, is also shaken and strained into a real glass over good ice by a trained barkeep, who may even spike it with booze. The P.S.T., for instance, counteracts the potentially health-inducing effects of pumpkin juice, cucumber juice, celery juice, and yuzu with a good dose of sake. Virgin cocktails, though, are just as inspired: Sage lends a subtle fragrance to the Velvet Sienna, a refreshing blend of pineapple purée, carrot juice, and huckleberries, and the winter smoothie melds orange juice, blood-orange juice, and local organic yogurt from Hawthorne Valley Farm for a suavely salubrious Creamsicle effect.
Best Juice Bar
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).