Juicebox, Capitol Hill's new juice bar, is bright, comfortable, and lined with plants that must be constantly terrorized by their vegetable relatives sliding into a roaring juicer. Brandin Myett runs Juicebox with chef and former ballerina Kari Brunson and Aleks Dimitrijevic, founder of La Bête. The shop began as a farmers market pop-up; the menu now includes yogurt, soups, and "foldover sandwiches" (kind of like crepes).
Juicebox's specialty is juice cleanses—they offer "cleanse packages," an assortment of juices designed to provide all the nutrients you'll need for one to five days, and "guided cleanses," which involve the assistance of a resident nutrition consultant. My glass of ginger beet juice (red beet, apple, lemon, ginger) was tasty, topped with a delicate foam, and, surprisingly, $7. Before I could ask if it was spiked with peyote or infused with endangered animals, Brandin explained, "There's about two pounds of produce in that drink... If you want quality, you need to pay for it. If I go into Karl Lagerfeld, I don't expect to spend $10 on a shirt," implying that the secret to the juice's robust flavor is maybe sartorial. The pulp is processed by a company called Cedar Grove, which also makes their to-go cups, so essentially the cups are made from their own compost. Juicebox also hosts prix-fixe dinners with guest chefs (February 22 is La Bodega's Manuel Alfau with "A Dominican Feast").