These may be the most attractive açai bowls you can find in New York City. At Juicy Spot Cafe’s Lower East Side location, you can request your fruity açai and pitaya (also known as dragon fruit) bowls to be served in coconut shells.
For the açai bowl, banana, apple juice, frozen açai, and ice get blended together ($9.50). For the brilliantly colored pitaya, or dragon fruit, it’s banana, strawberries, and ice ($10.50). Then, assorted fruits and edible flowers are added on top. You can select as many as you’d like—as well as toppings like mochi, chia seeds, and coconut flakes (up to three toppings, additional toppings are 50 cents each).
The cafe first started as an ice cream shop specializing in making rolled ice cream treats. It has since branched out, also offering a selection of fruit bowls and smoothies. Leonardo DiCaprio is said to have stopped by recently for a bowl, according to the staff (as evidence, on the wall, there’s a blurry photo of him ordering at the counter).
Juicy Spot Cafe
109 Ludlow St. (between Delancey & Rivington streets)
Lower East Side
10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday
10 a.m.–11:30 p.m.