Ask Midtown Lunch: I’m Looking for a Salad Bar

Bet you don’t have this where you’re from! It’s amazing, right?

With New Year’s Eve almost here, we’re just days away from reclaiming the area around Rock Center during lunchtime. (Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s been prettty nightmarish since…oh… Thanksgiving.) With that in mind, I thought I’d share this great email with you:

“Good Evening from the UK… Having been to New York for Thanksgiving I am looking for your help in locating a salad bar on 5th Avenue. This Deli/Salad bar was between American Girl and the Empire State Building (I think that is 609 – 5th Ave and 330?)………… was on the side of the road that the Rockerfeller centre is situated, and sold the most amazing salads …… Basically you lined up with a medium or large salad container (which you selected at the entrance to the deli) with lettuce enclosed, when it was your turn to be served you very very quickly selected tomatoes, cucumber, olives, chicken etc etc, this was tossed by the shop guys in a large bowl with your lettuce, additional salad selections and your choice of salad dressing and repackaged…….. There was space to sit and eat and on the opposite side to the salad bar you could buy sandwiches and soup. I really need to know the name of this eatery and it is driving me mad – can you possibly help. Thank you. – Helen

Lady, that describes half of the lunch places in Midtown… and it just so happen it’s the half that we do our best to ignore on this site. I’m proud to say, I have no idea what place you’re talking about. Good luck! And here’s hoping they open up a branch of Chop’t in the UK. Clearly it will be a big hit…

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  • It might be Europa Cafe at 520 Fifth Ave at 43rd St…. There aren’t a lot of these on Fifth…..From 51st to 34th.

  • Yup, that would be Europa, and guess what, they’re opening up another right down the block, opposite side of street!! Isn’t that exciting? More salad.

  • LOL I love it!

  • I should admit that when I first began working, I loved the salad bars. I still love a good salad (when done properly, they’re not really that healthy for you). I don’t love the price though.

  • LOVE the photo – belongs in the Met

    “Surly salad makers, at the ready” – Brooks, Zach – 2008

  • Tossing a Salad….

    Better not.

  • Please, folks, I am getting nearly 150 emails per day concerning what some think are posts made by me, particularly on some of my favorite, reputable food blogs such as:

    ‘The Feedbag’, ‘Hamburger America’, ‘Paupered Chef’, ‘Steamy Kitchen’, ‘LunaPierCook’, and others.

    Most of these blog operators KNOW that the posts are made by impostors such as Serious Eats’ staff members, ‘chiff0nade’, ‘therealchiffonade’, ‘Jerzee Tomato’, and other members of a cult called the CassandraCrossing, but do not have the time to monitor and cull these women’s nonsense.

    And, of course, McBEAGLE.

    These women also post as ‘MrsDocChuck’, and scores of other phony handles on blogs on which I comment. Despite their lack of formal education and their abundance of apparent personal problems, they have learned how to Google ‘DocChuck’ . . . LOL.

  • Listen you hickshit pusheaded possem-fucking colostomy of an abortion….if you think id spend my(paid 7 figures in tax this year) time trolling you(apart from your comical bankrupt imprisionment)….you ever more stupid that you and your Hogzilla of a wife look.

    HNY everyone else!

  • In my hubby-dubs defense, McBeagle, I have never once witnessed him in the act of fornication with a possum. On a related note, I can no longer leave him in charge even for the briefest of times at my pet hair removal clinic – but no customer has ever brought in a possum for treatment. Frankly, possum is good eatin’ here at the trailer park (if such things appetize you) so these tend to end up on the end of his fork rather than on the end of his, well, I call him ‘Mr Turtle’ because he tends to be tucked in like a turtles head – you know, an “inny” like a belly button. So cute.

    Will you be attending my “Maude au Naturel” show at Ricks? They’ve added additional bracing to the stage area for everyone’s safety, and I have reserved a front row seat for you.

  • Hey chucklefuck! Everyone, everywhere on this planet hates you! You seem to relish all the negative attention you get by doing it, like some naughty little retard who pulls down his pants in public because he likes daddy hitting him. You create all those pseudonyms and then shit all over respectable people’s blogs by having a retard war with your self. What’s even weirder is that some of your characters take time to out your own real name. Clearly you’re fucked and that fat little hog of a “wife” doesn’t give you the same love she gives her inmate patients.


  • Wow those salad guys do look surly! They look like they’re about to go postal.

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