[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

As overpriced as fresh fruit cups can be (this falls in the same category as smoothies and pressed juice blends), a good one cannot be beat. Num Pang does a tropical version that has everything from coconut meat to ripe mangoes, lychee, and papayas. It's tossed in a sweet lemongrass bath and I always order two servings on every visit. Eataly does a simple grapefruit salad with tons of chopped mint (find it in the refrigerated section by the yogurt).

At The Smile To Go, the fruit cups ($7) change with the season, but you can always count on them being fresh and generously portioned. On a recent visit we found supremed oranges (and blood oranges too!) alongside grapefruit, pomegranate and sliced bananas. It's topped with a flurry of mint and makes for an excellent start to the day.

Just don't forget about the gooey chocolate chip cookies for later.

Smile To Go

22 Howard Street, New York, NY 10013 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.


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