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  • tomby Feb 2, 2007 11:28 AM
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On W. 37th and 7th there is a new place "Jamama" Juices (and soups) or something like that with big "kosher" signs everywhere. I didn't see any teudah--any one know anything?

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  1. Any updates on this ? See if you can get a phone number...

    1. I was at that location yesterday. I went half a block in each direction from the intersection, and found nothing even remotely resembling this description. I have no idea what this person is talking about. I've never heard of "Jamama juices", and googling the term yields only this page.

      Could the OP have been thinking of Jamba Juice? There isn't one at 37th & 7th, but I think there is one at 27th & 7th (as well as at least a dozen other spots in NYC, and hundreds elsewhere in the USA); next time I'm down there I'll check for any signs making kashrut claims. Of course the plain juices should be kosher, and the brand of yoghurt they use might very well be kosher. They do offer to make smoothies with soy milk instead of yoghurt, so depending on the brand they use that might be kosher too. (It's all cold, and if they make it in a clean blender then I don't see the problem.)

      1. I've never seen anything suggesting that Jamba Juice was kosher. It is franchised, so it's possible a kosher franchisee would give that a whirl. FWIW, its website says, "All Jamba smoothies, juices and baked goods are lacto-ovo vegetarian," which should make it relatively easy to offer as kosher.

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        1. re: DeisCane

          It also says that some items are vegan, and that the dairy items can be had vegan instead, by substituting soy milk for the yoghurt. And that they'll cater to allergies, etc., by varying recipes, using clean utensils, etc. So it ought to be reasonably simple to get something kosher there. It wouldn't be unreasonable for a store to advertise that fact, without the formality of certification.

        2. I passed this on Sunday. It was late and they were closed by it wasn't a Jamba Juice. It was "Jamama".

          I could not find a phone number.

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          1. re: typo lad

            Where, *exactly*, was this. Because I looked half a block in each direction from where KosherNY said he saw it, and couldn't see anything resembling this.

            1. re: zsero

              I was exhausted after a long day, and don't recall the exact local (except that it was close to the corner on 37th, on the North side of the street).

              I will make an effort to find it again when next in the area.

          2. I'm guessing they used "Jamama" on purpose so people would get confused with "Jamba." It was on the North side of the street; and it was just a small window with the sign inside. Closer to 8th than 7th iirc.

            1. Zsero--

              It was not me who said I saw it - I've been looking but haven't seen it ... Any updates yet?

              - kosher-ny

              1. I know of this place. The reason nobody can find it is bec. it's not on 37th - it's on 36th, just east of Broadway, and it's called Jabana Juice. They have juice, smoothies, and soups. Their hashgacha is from someplace I've never heard of, but they put nothing in their blenders but fruit. Personally I wouldn't feel comfortable buying soup there, but I have no problem getting a smoothie.

                On the other hand, Jamba Juice cannot be assumed to be kosher; they add several different types of vitamin and protein powders to their smoothies.

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                1. re: LI Guy

                  Sorry, I meant to say just east of 7th Ave, not Broadway.

                2. Jabana Kosher Juice 161 W. 36th St. 212.971.0102

                  1. Here's the info:

                    Their supervision is rabbi ederet 845-356-6418

                    They are open from 830-530
                    But close 1 hr before shabbas, and are not open on the weekends at all.

                    The reason they are not currently listed in the Kosher-NY.com database is because they've sold their lease, and will be closing up shop in the next 2-3 weeks.

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                    1. re: KosherNY

                      Wow. That was pretty fast.

                    2. Thanks for all the info !

                      1. No problem!

                        1. I was walking down 32nd bteween 5th and 6th and I came across a Jamba Juice-esque place called Yomama Juice. They claim they are vegan and kosher. Not sure on the teuda, but this place is straight up Korean. They have an interesting array of juices that include Spicy Citrus- orange, granpefruit, lemon/lime juice with a dash of cayenne pepper.
                          Anyone have any info on this Kashrus of Yomama?