Friday, April 17, 2009

Braving Rock Center's Just Salad

Salad from Just Salad
You can say a lot about the lunching options in Midtown, but as sure as there are carts selling chicken and lamb pitas, there are salad places. Expensive salad places. Rock Center just got its very own branch of Just Salad (just a few doors down from Tossed)...

I have to admit, I sometimes like going these salad places (shhhh). Ok, they aren't the most exciting or inspiring lunch and often times when all is said and done your light salad lunch isn't all that light, though I maintain that bacon, blue cheese, buffalo chicken and avocado are health foods. But in the end the price is generally what keeps me from indulging in a personally mixed salad more than once in a great while. In the six years that I've worked at Rock Center I can count the number of times I've eaten at Tossed on one hand. I just can't justify dropping $7, $8, $9 sometimes even upwards of $10 on some lettuce and toppings. But I was drawn by the promise of two free toppings when you bring back your reusable bowl. What can I say, I'm a bit of a sucker for good marketing.

Just Salad Rock Center

Overall, I found the Just Salad experience a little overwhelming. The line to get in was crazy at the peak lunch hour, but it moved quickly. The basic salad which includes 4 non meat/non dairy toppings is $6.95. Meat, cheese and seafood toppings are 55 cents to $3.99 extra. Chef Designed Salads range from $6.95 for the Chicken Caesar to $9.75 for the Immunity Bowl which involves Mesclun, Salmon, Squash, Dried Cranberries, Wheatberries, Cucumbers. One perk of the Just Salad site is their nutrition calculator that allows you to sneak a peak at the nutritional makeup (calories, fat, sugars, cholesterol, protein, fiber etc) of your salad. For cheapos like me that means you can figure out how to maximize the nutrition in your 4 free toppings--yes, I'm that big a dork. After consulting the calculator I decided to go with egg whites, lentils, avocado, and roasted eggplant with lemon juice. Pretty tasty. I decided to spring for the extra buck for the reusable bowl. When I bought the bowl I also got the membership rewards card which entitles you to 5% off on all purchases during peak hours and 10% off after 2pm, couple that with the two free toppings and it's still expensive but a little more manageable.

Just Salad

30 Rockefeller Plaza (concourse level)
Mon-Fri: 10:00am until 11:00pm
Sat-Sun: 11:00am until 5:00pm
(212) 244-1111


Unknown said...

I ate at the one on 51st and Park when it first opened and never went back. My friend wanted to order extra toppings (and willingly pay for them) but she was rushed along and not allowed to. I noticed that the choppers didn't fully clean their cutting boards in between salads, so I ended up with mystery bits from the last person's salad. For anyone with food allergies. it's downright dangerous.

The unlimited toppings salad at the Bistro Cafe next door is a much better option.

The New York Experience said...

Just Salad is the BEST! Not only do they have more options than any of their competitors, the quality of the food and service is far superior!

David Adler said...

I am in 50 Rock but I think I will continue to go to the 51st street Just Salad, the staff is very friendly there and I am completely opposed to change.

STEPH said...

I am a HUGE fan of the reusable bowls-- eco friendly and come in great colors :)

I also heard Just Salad delivery guys are the fastest bike riders in the city!

I would never even think of eating anything else for lunch.

Brownie said...

@jen: ewww! the whole cleaning between chopping concerned me a bit, too with my own allergies. I did let them know I had concerns about nuts and they were very careful about the chopping and even remade my salad when they couldn't figure out if the dressing that I chose had nut oils.

@STEPH: agreed that the bowls are fun and eco-friendly, but really? you wouldn't even think of eating anything else for lunch? There are so many other excellent lunching options in the city!

Anonymous said...

Hi! Great post! I was just wondering can you tell us the size of the salads (fluid ounces)? I have a HUGE appetite! Thanks!