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Pinkberry: Brief review

I've been a skeptic of this place from the get go. Not sure why. Perhaps it was bad memories of TCBY's my friends worked at during high school.

Alas, I surprised my wife at her office this afternoon as she and some colleagues were on their way to Pinkberry (so THAT's what she does!) and tagged along for a taste of the cold stuff...on a cold day.

I sampled the Green Tea variety, and after weighing the weak hint of green tea versus the price differential between it and the original (read: plain) variety, I went with the latter.

For toppings, I went with strawberries and oreos. Toppings are $.95 each and believe me, you don't get much for your $.95.

However, this particular combination (it was my first foray) was excellent and made me a believer. It will be hard to steer my from trying another combo. Yum. Even in such cold weather (or perhaps it was even more sinfully insane to have such cold food on such a cold day that made it better?).

Good stuff. Just don't bother with the green tea variety.

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  1. I lived thru the Pinkberry craze of 06 here in LA. I'm a believer but many here are not. Plain with any variety of fruit is my favorite. The Cap'n Crunch aint bad either, but makes for a really sweet treat.

    1. I wasn't buying into the Pinkberry rage ($4 for frozen yogurt?!?!), but I had a plain yogurt with three fruit toppings, and man was it good. The fruit was really fresh and nice-textured - I highly recommend the mango chunks. The firmness of the mango goes great with the yogurt. And I wasn't too keen on having blueberries in it either, but my friend insisted (we shared one), and it was a really good choice. I went to the one on 32nd St, if that makes a difference. It's WAY too much for my meager budget to get an individual-sized one with three toppings, but my dining partner and I shared the huge one for $8 total. That's worth it.
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      1. has anyone tried crazy banana, on 32nd just east of 5th? i really, really like it, and from the descriptions of pinkberry i've heard it seems to be the exact same stuff - just cheaper.

        1. After hearing about this from my friends in LA, I wanted to try but wasn't going to go out of my way for it. Lsat week, while in the neighborhood, I finally stopped in. I had the plain with blueberries and thought is was wonderful. The tang of the yogurt is refreshing and better than the sweetened stuff at most other places. While it is on the expensive side, I found it good and I'll be back.

          1. I'll post as the dissenter. I really don't like the yogurt. The regular is definitely way better than the green tea. Fruit topping do indeed go better than toppings like oreos. While refreshingly tangy, I don't like the texture of the yogurt. It's too icy and I prefer a smoother texture. It also reminds me of those miniature artificial Korean yogurt drinks that I was never too crazy about.

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              YEAH! Those little drinkable beige-colored yogurts. It's much more like that, and not like plain (eg. Dannon) yogurt, which is what I was expecting. I can't really imagine mixing stuff like chocolate in with it, ugh. Pinkberry IS a Korean-owned operation, right?

              I'll have to check this Crazy Banana out.

            2. I love those yogurt drinks, both drunk or eaten frozen as tart and slightly milky popsicles! While not creamy, Pinkberry definitely tastes more less artificial than tasti-delite, no?

              1. I'm an unapologetic fan. I've tried it three or four times since the Chelsea branch opened, although I haven't ventured past the plain yogurt with a single fruit topping. I find the yogurt to be a touch too sweet, but still enjoy it.

                FWIW, at $2.95 + $0.95 for a small yogurt with fresh fruit, I don't think it's unreasonably expensive at all, especially by Manhattan standards.

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                1. re: danoots

                  my only compaint about the price is what you get for $.95.

                  A box of Capn' Cruch will run you more than $5 today (I'm guessing)...a serving of it at Pinkberry *might* be a tablespoons worth. That's one helluva markup.

                  All that aside, I'll be back. I think a fruit and crunchy item goes really well with the yogurt...

                2. my fav is the medium combo with double rasberries and mini dark chocolate chips....delish!

                  1. I love the green tea with pineapple and carob chips.

                    1. i guess i just dont get it. i tried it the other night and did not like it at all. it just tasted like "sourness" to me, as if i bought plain yogurt at the store and stuck it in my freezer (instead of the sweet ice-cream like frozen yogurt I am used to) i'm not a big fan of plain unfrozen yogurt either, so I was not a fan of the Pinkberry. What am I missing here?

                      1. I don't think you are missing anything. I can totally see why some people wouldn't like it. There definitely is a sourness to it, as you've noted, that can be a turn off. Not exactly sure why I enjoyed it as much as I did...but...I did.

                        1. Truly dissapointed! At least I didn't have to wait and found parking relatively quick. As for the yogurt after much hoopla...was quite.. BLAH. The aftertaste was that of say sour milk...I had the regular w/an cookies n' cream topping..probably would had been better selecting a fruity topping. The green tea wasn't very good either. But, at least now I know what the whole "FAD" is about. I'll stick w/Golden Spoon!

                          1. Does anyone know about the calorie content?

                            1. They list nutrition info on the website. It's 25 calories per oz. and the smallest serving is 5 oz.

                              1. I can't wait for the "orignal Pinkberry" to show up in the states - and I hear it will. When Red Mango hits the US, I think people are gonna be blown away by how different, and better, Red Mango tastes.