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