Salud juice bar in Soho

Salud says "cheers" to Soho
Salud NYC
All hail the alfalfa mint-and-pineapple juice blend.

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.

Salud 107 Thompson St. New York NY 10012 646-398-8615

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