Country of Origin: New York City
Social Aesthetic: Tundralike minimalism.
Product Pitch: We’re cheaper than Pinkberry!
NYC Locations: Two: Gramercy and Battery Park City.
Critical Reception: Unofficial just yet, but commenters on Chowhound offered a “better than Pinkberry” consensus. One reader concurred: “Flurt is a takeoff of Pinkberry, but the yogurt has much better texture. Plus, they offer smoothies and Greek yogurt parfait.”
The overwhelming favorite among readers is Pinkberry, but a few folks cheered for öko. Reader Van Luu wrote: “[Y]ou can tell it’s actual yogurt and not from some weird powdered yogurt mix. In contrast, Pinkberry’s fruit toppings might as well have come from a can of Comstock pie filling. Yuck.”
We were also chided for forgetting the frozen yogurt served at 40 Carats in Bloomingdale's. You’re right. We’ll excuse ourselves by saying 40 Carats is a café and not just a fro-yo spot. Next on our to-try list is Crazy Bananas. Reader Elizabeth Oo says it’s “super-tasty without the ridiculousness of the Pinkberry experience.” Sounds good to us. We’ll let you know how it goes. Aileen Gallagher