Hawa Smoothies looks like the snack bar at your local pool, but is instead a juice bar with much better options than half-frozen mozzarella sticks. It’s a tiny, cash-only spot in East Village where the drinks have names like “Hot Passion” and “Pome Queen.” If you’re not into those, they’ll gladly make a new concoction based on whatever you diagnose yourself with. Plus, you can drink your juice with those huge neon-colored straws they put in the bubble tea, which makes being healthy objectively more fun.
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Bedlam is a gay bar on Avenue C in the East Village that falls somewhere between divey and clubby.
Rai Rai Ken
There’s plenty of ramen in the East Village these days, and no shortage of opinions on where to go. We happen to believe that Rai Rai Ken sits near the top of the heap, mostly because that shoyu ramen is so good, but also because it’s inexpensive and simple.
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Peacefood is one of our favorite vegan spots in town (and especially in Union Square). Go, but beware that the chickpea fries are addicting.
If you work around Times Square, use Green Symphony for your all healthy snack needs.
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