A East Village born smoothie shop with locations around NYC, Liquiteria is a good option for plant-based, good-for-you treats and eats. In addition to an assortment of drinks, Liquiteria offers gluten-free baked goods, salads and snack products such as protein bars, pretzels, and chips. It's a perfect pit stop for any gluten-free eater or anyone with dietary restrictions.
I am not a juice person, so debated between the acai bowls and smoothies. Both are fruit-based and largely gluten-free, just watch out for granola. Dairy is a bit tricker, as many blends include whey protein. Luckily, those components can be excluded when ordering, just let the staff know.
Gluten-free baked goods are on hand, and all but the brownies are dairy-free as well. Because Liquiteria was bustling, I didn't inquire if they were made in a shared facility, and didn't order any because the acai bowl I ordered was enough sweetness in one sitting.
The acai bowl I ordered was the berry crunch bowl, sans granola and greek yogurt. With those excluded, the bowl consisted of strawberry, banana, acai, vanilla almond milk, and either peanut or almond butter. I chose to go with the latter, my go-to nut butter. Layered with the smoothie was slices of strawberries and bananas. I absolutely loved the bowl, it was sweet, tangy, and nutty in perfect proportion and sweet without being sickeningly so. I am not really a smoothie lover, but this creation was totally one I would get again, especially as a way to beat the heat. The sliced fruit was fresh and flavorful, adding a nice texture in addition to the smoothly blended bowl.
Liquiteria totally won my seal of approval for crafting a delicious masterpiece of a smoothie, which far surpassed my expectations. I like how they had plenty of gluten-free options on hand, including salty snacks and Go Macro bars, my favorite protein bars because they have real ingredients and are gluten, dairy, and soy-free. The funky shop was a nice refuge from the summer heat, and allowed me to sneak in several servings of fruit, which are difficult to get on vacation.
Address: 102 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Cuisine: Smoothies, juices, snacks
Ideal For: Breakfast, Snacks
Price: See prices on menu board above
Special Features: Order online here.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible.
Price: See prices on menu board aboveSpecial Features: Order online here.