It’s been a good week for chain loving freeloaders. Yesterday a new Pie Face opened, and handed out freebies. Today, we got this news about a new Chop’t on 43rd and 3rd. I guess technically it’s not free… they will be accepting donations to benefit Wellness in the Schools.
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We don’t spend much time on this site talking about salads (sorry I even said the word), but many people in Midtown seem to like the green stuff. Case in point: a new Chop’t location is opening on 40th Street near Park Avenue. This will be Midtown’s sixth location and the only good news we think that can come from it is that when they finally do open, they usually offer a day of free salads. Free makes everything better, no?
I can’t say we’re the biggest fans of salad here on Midtown Lunch, but FREE salad? That’s a different story. Tomorrow Chop’t is opening a new Midtown location on 56th Street btw. 6+7th, so as is tradition today is a live training day for the new staff… aka FREE SALAD DAY! The free for all training starts at 11:30am and ends at 1:30pm, or when the salad runs out. Freeloaders, prepare to engage.
Look at that freakin’ line! Lunch’er “Joe” was kind enough to snap a photo of the free salad madness at Chop’t today (on B’way btw. 41+42nd) and it makes me wonder if the huge response (this photo was taken at Noon!) is a testament to how much people love salads, or how freakin’ expensive a salad has become in Midtown! With a lin that long you’d think a salad cost $11 of something. (What’s that? They do? Wow.)
My fear of Chop’t (and salad in general) is well documented, but after seeing that line… should I be writing more about salad on Midtown Lunch? (*urgh* sorry, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth.)
Free Salad Alert: You know I don't do salad, but for those of you who do... Chop't is opening a new location on Broadway btw. 41+42nd, and as a training exercise for their staff will be giving away free food today from 11:30am to 1:30pm (or until food runs out.) [NYC Recession Diary]
Posted at 9:45 am, November 11th, 2009 | 11 Comments
You wouldn’t expect me to stick up for a massive salad chain, but I’m a little perplexed by the photo Eater posted from a tipster on Friday claiming that they had found a bug in their salad from the Chop’t on 51st Street in Midtown. How did the bug not get “chopt” up? For that matter, the whole salad looks pretty intact. I’m guessing you can ask them not to chop your salad, but then what’s the point of eating at Chop’t right? The whole thing smells pretty fishy to me. Did the “tip” come from somebody with a “Just Salad” email address?
Remember how I said I didn’t understand the whole banh mi backlash? I take it back. Chop’t, the salad chain with 3 locations in Midtown, has now introduced a banh mi cobb, featuring “Niman Ranch Pork alongside a blend of mesclun and cabbage, jalapenos, pickled carrots, cucumbers and a homemade chili-lime dressing.” Ok, now I’ll admit that maybe this has gone a bit too far.
I did a bad bad thing last week. After reading about Chop’t in the New York Post, I was compelled to go and check out their Po’boy Salad. Anybody who reads this blog with any frequency knows I have a special place in my heart for New Orleans- and even a generic salad chain like Chop’t can get me to pay attention to them by making something called a Po’boy Salad. What does that even mean? And quite frankly, how could I not?
Walking into Chop’t was a particularly terrifying experience. As described in the Post article, the place is packed, and very intimidating (the menu is very long and if you don’t know exactly what you want you’ll hold everything up), and while I find salad places to be scary enough on their own- imagine how much scarier it becomes when you put giant machetes in the hands of the people making these salads. It’s much harder to look at people with derision in your eyes when they’re holding giant salad cutting knives.
Despite being excited mildly interested, I should have known something was wrong immediately when I spotted the ingredient list of the Po’boy Salad. Fried chicken (that’s good), lettuce (sure), tomato (makes sense), and cheese (???). Cheese? I don’t seem to remember cheese on any Po’boy I’ve ever had. I do remember pickles. But there are no pickles on this salad. I don’t know what I was expecting, and I probably would have just turned and walked out right then, if I hadn’t spotted spotted something that actually stirred a bit of genuine excitement inside me. Something so grotesque (in a good way) that it could actually have a chance of redeeming this monstrosity of a lunch establishment. Read more »