Lonely Planet Writer

Move over matcha: beet lattes are a new favorite in NYC

The ubiquitous matcha latte is making space on the counter for trendy new health tonics.

Your Instagram feed may soon be taken over by artfully styled images of a pretty pink latte: enter the ‘beet-chata’ – a drink that tastes as sweet as it looks.

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The beet-chata is one of the photogenic drinks on the bar menu at new Lower East Side cafe-cum-spa, Chillhouse. Sensing a gap in the market, entrepreneur Cyndi Ramirez and her restaurateur husband Adam Fulton brought their inimitably cool aesthetic together to solve the need for a missing service: where can one really unwind over a drink, get a decent massage or a good manicure in a beautifully designed, and hip space?

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The couple are onto a winner. First, at the bar you select whether you want an upper or a downer. The ‘turn me on’ options include your regular caffeinated classics but also the ‘macatte’ – an energising blend of cacao, maca and ginger. Of course, organic wine and beer are also available. The aforementioned are perfect for sipping on while you and a girlfriend catch up as you’re having your nail art done in the manicure section (all products are non-toxic too, in keeping with the serene vibes.)

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If a breather from NYC’s hectic landscape is on the agenda, the alternate side of the bar menu is all about winding down. The aforementioned ‘beet-chata’ is a concoction of beetroot and horchata (a traditional Latin American milk made from ground nuts or rice and spices). There is an option to add kava if you like – and why not, there’s an hour-long ‘Hangover Cure’ massage special available in the private rooms for under $70.

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If drinking your beets doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about the ‘Ube-Bey’ latte: made with yam, ginger and calming valerian root. Now that a summer climate has finally reared its head in New York, a more tropical-inspired version has also made its debut – the colorful ‘Beycation’; a creation involving matcha, turmeric, ube and coconut milk for a real vacation in a cup.

Drink up and get zen: as the sign outside says; “walk-in chills are welcome”.
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