3. Happy Bowls
61 4th Ave
Located just off Astor Place, Happy Bowls is a spacious juice bar/cafe that specializes in smoothies and acai/pitaya bowls. Their bowls are good though not amazing - with standard blends and toppings such as granola and fruit - and their serving sizes are smaller at the same price point as the other places on this list. However, they do provide free wifi, and the open space and lack of crowds might make this a solid study spot.
*Recommended: the Montauk bowl
2. Ono Bowls
33 E 8th St
Ono Bowls is located directly across from the Cantor building, just off University Place. They have the most extensive menu, including acai, pitaya, banana, and green bowls, complete with all the usual toppings. Their serving sizes are also the largest of the three places on this list, so you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth. (Tip: remember to check in on Yelp for 10% off!)
*Recommended: the Tropical Acai bowl
1. Playa Bowls
108 Macdougal St
Tiny but whimsically decorated with beach scenery, Playa Bowls is arguably one of the best spots to get acai bowls in the Village. They often have seasonal specialties (such as a cinnamon apple bowl in the fall), but their core menu features a number of staple blends and toppings, and their fruits are by far the freshest. Acai bowls in general are not the cheapest, but you get a generous amount at Playa; plus, they offer a discount with an NYU student ID!
*Recommended: the Pura Vida and Electric Mermaid bowls