Juicery Harlem: Taking Harlem on a Healthier Path

Carlos L.

Ginger ShotCourtesy of Juicery Harlem

Juicery Harlem is a collaboration between Jappy Afzelius, Executive Chef/Partner of TSISMIS, and the husband-and-wife team of celebrity DJ Sasha Hart, who has performed at numerous events sharing the stage with the likes of Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent, and Deejay Jay Vallo, who has over 15 years of live performances at iconic venues such as Webster Hall and Marquee, and clients such as Guess and Bloomingdales. Vallo and Hart are Harlem residents themselves and are working as managing partners to bring healthier options to a location that sometimes seems as though it is lacking in such.

Located on 128th and Lenox Avenue, all juices at the quaint little juicery are all cold-pressed in-house from 100% raw ingredients using a Goodnature Juice Press System that first grinds and then presses the fruits and vegetables, allowing the finished product to retain more nutrients than an average juicer. Their menu also features innovative smoothies, juice shots, and amazing food.

Rise & GreenCourtesy of Juicery Harlem

Upon entering Juicery Harlem, myself and my companion were greeted by Jay who was an absolute pleasure to chat with. He walked us through the menu, told me about some of the notable items and let us try a Ginger Jolt (a juice shot made with green apple, celery, ginger, lemon, and cayenne) which really was a shock to the senses. Not only was it tasty; I think it woke me up more than a cup of coffee. I ended up ordering a Power Berry smoothie (mixed berries, banana, chia seeds, vanilla yogurt and almond milk) and a Tuna Melt (tuna and muenster cheese on sourdough bread with a mixed green salad on the side) and my companion ordered the Acai Bowl (acai, strawberries, blueberries, banana, granola and coconut flakes) and the Rise & Green juice (green apple, cucumber, pineapple and mint).

Tuna MeltCourtesy of Juicery Harlem

My smoothie was tasty, fresh and refreshing and the Tuna Melt was DELICIOUS(I definitely recommend it)! My guest loved her Acai Bowl and Rise & Green (which she couldn’t stop raving about). All in all, Juicery Harlem was a great experience, so much so that I have already stopped by twice since my initial trip (I had to have that tuna melt again). The juicery is a great sign of where the neighborhood is going and the way people are shifting and paying attention to what they are putting into their bodies. If you have the chance, be sure to stop by. juiceryharlem.com

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Carlos is a New York City-based journalist with 10+ years of experience covering a wide array of topics such as music, art, fashion, entertainment and health and wellness. Carlos has also had cover stories in publications in the US and UK.

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