Sprinkles Cupcakes On Lexington Ave Bet 60th and 61st St NYC

Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citibank, Chase and now Sprinkles Cupcakes is the latest to offer ATM’s.

Sprinkles Cupcakes' ATM Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM Lexington Ave, New York, NY. Photo: Mark Pine

Sprinkles Cupcakes’ ATM’s are a little different because they dispense fresh cupcakes. This allows customers to purchase cupcakes on their own schedule.

The Upper East Side location’s normal business hours are Monday through Saturday from 9AM to 9PM. Sundays their hours are 10AM to 8PM.

Sprinkles Cupcakes display on Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Sprinkles Cupcakes display on Lexington Ave. Photo: Mark Pine

As I’m writing this it’s almost 8PM and I won’t be out of here until after 9PM. The ATM allows me to stop by anytime and not have to worry about time. I don’t like being confined to normal cupcake hours and the cupcake ATM gives me the freedom to cupcake on my own schedule. I respect that which is one of the inspirations for the write up. Another is their amazing videos and testimonials.

I think it’s a fun place to stop by with a date too, as long as you don’t mind eating cupcakes on the street, in a Uber or at home. Uber will wait while you stop at the ATM for some extra cake.

Candace and Charles Nelson opened the first Sprinkles Cupcakes in 2005. The location is Beverly Hills. They are credited with starting the nationwide cupcake craze.

They now have locations in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New York, Texas and Washington, DC, with more to follow. Some locations do not include a cupcake ATM. Please visit their site for details to see if they have it before you go. If not you can visit during normal business hours. Also, not sure the exact number of cupcakes each ATM holds. I’m sure at some point, it may run out. If people eat all the cupcakes and the machine is sold out, don’t blame me. Blame them.

Their additional New York location is at Brookfield Place. If you live in NYC and haven’t been to Brookfield Place, it’s a fun place to visit. Just thinking about it now makes me want to go back.

A few quick notes:

  • Refrigerating your cupcakes will dry them out, so don’t do it. You can freeze them when wrapped properly. Not sure why you would want to freeze them when the store is open 7 days a week, but OK.
  • Sprinkles cupcakes are preservative free, so it’s best to eat them on the day of purchase.
  • The cupcakes do not contain trans fats.

Sprinkles also sells ice cream which is slow churned and cookies.

A few of their ice cream flavors include Banana, Strawberry Sorbet, Cherry Vanilla and Red Velvet. Make sure you check the site for which flavors they will carry the day you plan on visiting.

Their cookie selection comprises chocolate chip, double chocolate, peanut butter pretzel chip, Salted Oatmeal Cornflake and others.

OK enough for now, I have to go to the ATM.

More Cold Pressed Juice

Juice Generation Fridge

Bottles of juice in the Juice Generation fridge located in Williamsburg. Photo: Mark Pine

Another popular juice chain located in NYC and Williamsburg is called Juice Generation founded by Eric Helms. Both JG and Juice Press are two of my favorite places for cold pressed ready to go juice in addition to fresh juice on demand. It’s interesting while reading their site for this article I noticed they mention much of the produce they use is organic. In addition, some of it is locally grown, pesticide free. Not certified organic, although locally grown minus the pesticides sounds interesting. Not sure if you get down to brass tacks what the difference is.

This is a video created at one of the farms where they purchase produce located in Tivoli, NY.

Here is another from a farm located in Nebraska.

As per their FAQ, Juice Generation has been in business since 1999 and does not franchise stores. They have had a considerable amount of mentions in the press as per the press page on their site.

In addition to fresh juice and smoothies, their menu includes Acai Bowls, Juice Farmacy, Shots and Boosts, Raw Foods, Vegan Soups and Baked goods. Their bakery consists of muffins, cookies and brownies. Their variety of muffins includes Banana + Almond Butter, Blueberry + Acai, Carrot, Kale + Spirulina, Pineapple + Coco and Pumpkin.

Seating area Juice Generation Williamsburg.

Good amount of seating in the back of Juice Generation Williamsburg. Photo: Mark Pine

The locations are spread out nicely around the city, so if your located in NYC you shouldn’t have to travel too far to give them a try.

One store I frequent is located inside Equinox at 817 Lexington Ave between 62nd and 63rd Streets. You don’t have to be a member to purchase juice.

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I’m all about the grab and go when it comes to food in the city. That may consist of fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, juice and anything else that is prepared and or ready to eat before I get there. I understand why people enjoy things prepared while they wait, but that’s not me. If there is X amount of items that are being sold consistently to customers all day, why not have a portion of them ready is what I’m saying.

Whenever I buy bagels or sandwiches I never have them toasted. That includes pizza too. Give it to me cold and give it to me now. That is why Juice Generation is on my list, I just grab and pay.

One unique line of items they offer contains activated charcoal. I’m not even going there, so if you want to know more about it, ask them or visit JG online.

Juice Generation Storefront Williamsburg

Juice Generation store front located in Williamsburg. Photo: Mark Pine

Vegan Sushi in New York City

Beyond Sushi Chelsea Market Photo: Mark Pine

Beyond Sushi Chelsea Market Photo: Mark Pine

Beyond Sushi is a vegan sushi restaurant, currently with three locations in New York City. East 14th St, West 56th St and one in Chelsea Market.

Now before everyone goes into a tizzy here, I’m not a food expert. All I know is what I read on the site and what I ate when I was there. If you have food related concerns contact your doctor.

OK, back to the article. My favorite roll from them is the spicy mango roll. It’s delicious. It includes black rice, avocado, mango, English cucumber and spicy veggies. The sauce is toasted cayenne. I have eaten dozens of those rolls. I could go for one right now. So if your in the area, bring one or two by for me please.

Speaking of right now, they deliver from their 14th St and West 56th locations. To get the full information about their delivery range you may visit the site.

While researching Beyond Sushi for the article I learned some interesting things.

Not only do they cater, they will actually bring a sushi station to your next event along with one of their chef’s. They will have one of their vegan sushi chef’s making fresh rolls at your event. I may have to check pricing because I’d like that at my apartment. While I’m writing my blogs, working on my laptop or having friends over, I can have spicy mango rolls made on location. Yummy.

Another interesting thing I learned was they offer lessons on how to make sushi. That last sentence almost had an exclamation point. Sushi making classes. It doesn’t get much better then that. Visit their website or call for details regarding pricing and locations. I’m mean seriously, how awesome would it be to learn how to roll vegan sushi from professionals.

The workshop menu you will be learning with and preparing consists of individual pieces and rolls from their menu.

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A few quick examples of their menu include:

Rolls [Every roll comes with 8 pieces]:

Sweet Tree. Six-grain rice, avocado, sweet potato and alfafa sprouts. Sauce is Toasted Cayenne.

Green Machine. Six-grain rice, English cucumber, asparagus and basil marinated veggies. Sauce is Jalapenõ Wasabi.

Pickle Me. Black rice, marinated carrots, roasted rosemary and Jerusalem artichokes. Sauce is sweet peas and mint. Topped with spiced walnut shavings.

They also serve individual pieces, wraps, hand rolls, salads, soups and drinks.

As per their website they are not organic or kosher.

All in all I have to say I have never had vegan sushi and I enjoy it.

Cold Pressed Juice NYC

Juice Press Upper East Side

Photo: Mark Pine

Marcus Antebi is the ceo and founder of Juice Press, a chain of juice stores located in NYC, Brooklyn and Greenwich. They appear to be leading the charge in the fresh juice business in NYC. They have more then 20 locations and they even have a store inside Macy’s on 34th St on the 8th floor and another in the Gansevoort Park Avenue.

I have drank their juice at several of the locations and it tastes great. Some of the juices I’ve had include coconut water, watermelon, orange and several of their own blends including many green juices.

Some of the names of their juices are mother earth [formula: cucumber, celery, kale, swiss chard, dandelion, parsley, lemon, ginger. 17 oz.], sweet pea & almond [formula: filtered water, green peas, almonds, olive oil, sea salt, coconut oil, avocado, garlic, lemon pepper, black pepper. 11oz.], sweet wheatgrass [formula: pineapple, wheatgrass, ginger. 9 oz.], doctor earth [formula: apple, kale, cucumber, celery, pineapple, swiss chard, lemon, dandelion, parsley, ginger. 17 oz.], carrot and co [formula: carrot, apple, sweet potato, lemon, flax oil, maca extract. 17 oz.] and lots more.

I’m not a health expert, although I will say the stuff takes great. Sometimes I feel like everyone in New York knows Juice Press and it’s not true. Being the hipster that I am, I guess I’m on to everything or most things early. I just mentioned Juice Press to Barry Beil, who I just interviewed and he said he’d never been in or heard of it. I said, what? Juice Press? You have to try it.

I’m all about the grab and go life. I like everything prepared in advance and high quality. That way I can grab it quick and get back to what I’m doing. They also make fresh juice to order, although I prefer the juice that is prepared in advance and bottled up in the fridges.

Another thing I’d like to mention about Juice Press is the staff at their locations. I have to say everyone I have spoken with is super friendly and helpful. I like when a store keeps an atmosphere like that.

They also carry salads, snacks and some other goodies if you are in the mood for more then just juice. In addition to Juice Press, there is another similar chain in the city called Juice Generation I will cover here in the future.

If you have any food related concerns, you can visit their disclaimer page on the site.