Salud juice bar in Soho
Salud says "cheers" to Soho
The opening of Salud, Soho's newest juice retreat, has been a long time coming.
Its owner, Eddie Larios, spent his childhood in the neighborhood, before opening Salud's first outpost in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Then plans to open a Soho spot were stalled by Hurricane Sandy's destructive fist.
But open Salud has, with a charming, Latin-influenced menu of organic juices, smoothies, salads, tortas and soups.
If you are feeling the juice-bar burnout, know that the wallet scorch is slightly kinder here, and the flavor combinations more globally sophisticated.
Try a tall, frothy glass of Mexican alfalfa mint-and-pineapple juice ($8): It's as refreshing as all get-out. Or the Purple Haze smoothie ($8.50), which cleverly uses cooked and roasted amaranth for crunch, along with blueberries, bananas and hemp milk.
Tortillas are made to order and stuffed with a captivatingly sticky combination of quesillo cheese, black beans, huitlacoche and chipotle mayo ($8.75).
Most wonderfully, Larios, with his career as an art director at InStyle and Elle, has managed to import the same feeling of incredible calm from the original shop in Brooklyn.
Our New York editor, Tressa Eaton, stopped in unannounced at Salud on May 20. We spent $30 on juice and lunch for two. Insider tip: Ask nicely, and Eddie will let you take your plates outside to the restaurant's aquamarine bench, where the waving palm leaves lend a tropical feeling--all the better to sip your juice near. Read about Tasting Table's restaurant recommendation policy.