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Uptown Juice Bar

Food: 3.253.25
Atmosphere: 2.852.85
Service: 2.862.86

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14 East 125th Street
New York   NY 10035
(212) 987-2660
Uptown Juice Bar website

Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $5-$10)

Accepted Payments:

  • Cash Only

Hours:

8am-10pm daily.

Directions:

Btwn 5th & Madison Ave

Trains: Metro North
Subway: 4/5/6 to 125th St. and 2/3 to 125th St.
Buses: M100, M101, M60, BX16, M98

Delivery notes:

Uptown Juice Bar does not deliver.

Notes:

Several items contain honey be sure to ask.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on June 7, 2011.

User Reviews of Uptown Juice Bar

Averaged user ratings:

(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.253.25
Atmosphere: 2.852.85
Service: 2.862.86
  • Review by metope on June 4, 2011:

  • The new address of the uptown juice bar is:
    14 East 125th between Fifth Ave and Madison.
    They just opened their new place about a week ago. It is so much bigger and well lit up than the other location. No more squeezing between the counter and the wall. They now let you pick whatever you want from a hot salad bar and they charge you by the pound. Love the place!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by megatofu on February 4, 2011:

  • Uptown Juice Bar is moving soon to another location on 125th. Not sure of the exact location, but they had a sign up that said to visit them at "Vegie World." I think it will be on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and 125th, just a few blocks from Strictly Roots.
  • Review by shanaadise on October 25, 2010:

  • This place also owns Cafe Veg. They are complete liars as they both are not vegan establishments!! If you ask the staff, they will tell you everything is vegan and made out of soy! This is completely false as I saw the ingredients list and everything contains milk, eggs, and gluten (WHEAT). What a horrible establishment that they would lie to their customers. They are endangering the lives of people because they want to make a buck. If they told the truth or were a vegan establishment, it would be much better. I will never eat at either of these restaurants again and strongly advise all to boycott!
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by djembe on June 4, 2010:

  • How can you trust this place of lies?Surely if a man cheats on his wife he will lie to his customers.Vegan my ass.This is not a vegan restaurant and should mot be on this vegan sight.The juice is NOT ORGANIC.The food is NOT ORGANIC.And to add insult to the matter the so called vegan loaf contains eggs as well as the so called veggie burgers contain eggs.Where is thia info made knowm to the public who eat there?NOWHERE .WHAT A SHAME!If i wanted eggs i could eat an egg sandwhich.Competion was never more needed in this Harlem community.The pots are not even clean.(Food poisoning anyone?)Mice and roaches running around in the food prep area and I cannot wait until the city makes restaurants post a letter grade to let the public know how clean the place is or as in this case how clean it is not.Go in the bathroom and try to wash your hands and you will see for yourself.I hope you find some soap to use.The selections are always the same foods with little or no changes.No attention is paid to detail.And if you wonder why the employess are sometimes not nice,well how nice would you be if you be if you were being made to stand over a hot steam table and be underpaid?Not even minimum wage.Really,competion by a person with a sense of concern for others is needed here.Food served by a unhappy employer has bad vibes.Check out the Watkins juice bar a few doors down They have real good oranic smoothies and juices!
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by djembe on May 4, 2010:

  • Eggs Eggs Eggs caution, if you don't eat EGGS do not eat here! No where is it disclosed that some of those veg meats contain eggs.I kept wondering why my body always felt funny after eating there.No more.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by djembe on May 2, 2010:

  • nasty bathroom dirty tables same selections everyday.This juice bar is in need of some competition!check out the juice bar next door at Watkins-that is a real juice bar with real organic no pesticide fruit and veggie juices.To bad Watkins does not have food,yet.
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 22
  • Review by earthkin on February 8, 2010:

  • This place, tightly sandwiched into a prime spot on 125th St, is definitely worth seeking it out. Their food, tightly packed into little containers, is pretty much guaranteed to be AMAZING. It's kind of a mix of vegan "soul food" and "ital" that totally works. It's also usually pretty packed with people running in and out of there, who all know exactly what they want. Beware, though, the other customers can be pretty rude - the times I've gone there, they were pretty easily offended (sorry to be the intruding white person... there is definitely that vibe). But the customer service from the staff is fine. Overall, their food is pretty affordable, and REALLY good, so come stop by and support them!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 44
  • Review by djembe on November 25, 2009:

  • That message about the vegan cheese is for vegandy not notbuyingit.My mistake. Read it vegandy!
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by djembe on November 25, 2009:

  • It has the potential to be great.If the fake vegan meats were not so rubber like and if the vegan shrimps were not so mushy and it's too bad the food is not organic.Too bad nothing in the place is organic(except the wheatgrass).And the juice guys are not very personable unless they're talking to a girl they like.A lot in this place could be improved.(i.e.-the bathroom with no soap and water on the floor-gross.)
  • Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by djembe on November 25, 2009:

  • this message is for notbuyingit.The cheese IS vegan.Obviously you are not informed.There are several vegan cheeses that melt.Soya kass is one,daiya out of B.C. Canada is another.Daiya is made from tapioca,arrowroot flour pea protein and several other non-dairy,non animal ingredients.Someone does need to fix that nasty toilet in the bathroom that sprays water on the floor when flushed.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by JamesR on February 3, 2009:

  • Pretty much everything that I could say has been said, so I will just add that I love coming up to eat at Uptown Juice. The plates where you get several choices seem to be the best way to try out a bunch of things. It makes me dream about the days when we would get the dinner specials at Soul Vegetarian in Chicago. Delicious.

    I think the comment about the cheese not being vegan is a non-issue. I'm sure they make some sort of cheese alternative, maybe it's a blend of some sort of commercially available item and something else. People often use tahini and coconut milk to give vegan mac and cheese a creamy texture, so that may be a possibilty.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by NotBuyingIt! on October 9, 2008:

  • This place is great! I went here two years ago anticipaing great food and ordered two plates to offer one to a freind who was not familiar with vegan food; but, everything tasted bland and like it was from a can-Not anymore! I was in the area two years later and had no time to eat (went in to maybe grab a cake slice) The food looked different, decided to give it a second chance. Definately improved! Highly recommended!The service can be nice or not depending on who you get:(
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by VEGANdy on July 2, 2008:

  • There is no way the mac'n'cheese is vegan. I asked one time if they make their own vegan cheese and they said no. Having been vegan for many years, I've tried most, if not all, of the vegan cheeses on the market and none of them melt or taste like the soy cheese used at this place. Someone should try and find out if this place is actually vegan or not.
  • Service: 11
  • Review by mimcho on July 1, 2008:

  • This place is amazing! The best vegan Caribbean/ Jamaican! I have been to many places with this type of cuisine and still no one has managed to live up to this. Not even Red Bamboo Brooklyn. The food at Uptown Juice Bar is awesome and so are the juices! The front of the spot is nothing special but in the back they got a sitting are which is decorated with art by local artists. Not the coziest but still, chill and good enough to enjoy a great meal on great prices!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by moyesii on February 10, 2007:

  • Some of the best food in Manhattan. Period. All 100% vegan to boot. The barbecue soy drumsticks are by far the best mock meat I've ever tasted. There is an overwelming variety of menu options -- ethnic and American staples, including yummy chickpeas, collard greens, curried potatoes, brown rice, stuffed peppers, many styles of mock meats -- which makes it hard to choose. But since all of the entrees are wholesome and tasty, you can't go wrong. And you get a whopping 4 options if you order a large plate. Also, the servings are very generous. Uptown Juice Bar will definitely fill you up, and unlike other vegetarian places that overcompensate for their meatless cuisine with fake, questionable ingredients, the food at Uptown Juice Bar doesn't make you feel queasy afterwards. But I hesitate to call it health food, because it's just real, delicious food the way it's supposed to be prepared. I think Michael Pollan would not object!

    And you can have your cake and eat it too! Their deserts are mouthwatering amazing! My favorite is the pineapple upside down cake, which is sweet and moist, light and fluffy. In flavor and texture alone, their deserts rival the best stuff I've tasted from Vegan Treats and Red Bamboo. In terms of nutritional value, I think they are on completely opposite sides of the scale.

    I haven't tried their juices yet, but my goal is to keep coming back and eventually try everything on the menu. This might take a few years!

    Uptown Juice Bar is about a 25 minute walk from Columbia campus. The place is always bustling, and the staff are friendly. The serving area is a bit narrow, but there is a bright and comfortable dining area in the back.

    Definitely worth the trip when you have the time, and I think Columbia students should stake this place out as our gauntlet to NYU's celebrated vegetarian dining options.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55

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