First Look: Melvin's Juice Box at the Dream DowntownBy Anna Hyclak
October 16, 2013
The daytime scene at the Dream Downtown is about to get a whole lot groovier. This Friday, a branch of the Miss Lily's offshoot Melvin's Juice Box will open in the hotel's lobby, serving up juice maven Melvin Major Jr.'s fresh-blended concoctions, healthy bites and summery vibes that will keep your Seasonal Affective Disorder at bay as we head into the colder months.
The new branch is larger than the Greenwich Village original, but has the same retro-chic feel, with a tiled ceiling, diner-style seating and a colorful chalkboard menu advertising Melvin's specialty juices, which have catchy names like Sweet & Dandy, Orange Pop, Catch a Fire, Rise-Up and Body Good. In addition to the juices, there is also a selection of inexpensive salads, sandwiches and soups, as well as some slightly pricier entrees, like blue corn-crusted salmon, grilled Amish chicken with ratatouille and straw potatoes, and crispy American snapper with saffron quinoa. Wine and beer are also available for those who'd like something a little less green to sip on, along with Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee and housemade sodas fizzed with Brooklyn Seltzer.
There are also a number of snackier items for people grabbing juices on the go, such as a quinoa brownie, oatmeal cookie and chocolate bars topped with whole hazelnuts and almonds. In addition, Major will cater to the hotel's nightlife-centric crowd by offering two special hangover-curing juices that will be unique to the Dream Downtown location. He's still working on developing the exact recipes, but one will include acai, goji berries, matcha, banana, blueberries and Brazil nut milk - plenty of superfoods for getting rid of your queasy stomach and headache.
The new loction will open this Friday, October 18, and in true, laid-back Jamaican style, will be open from "7 AM until late" seven days a week. Delivery is also available.
Update: Reps write in to tell us the opening is now happening on Monday, October 21.
355 W. 16th St., 646-625-4825