After what has seemed like a very long wait, Just Salad has finally opened its doors! I stopped by the salad bar this morning to check it out, and, being a Just Salad newbie, I was given a tour of the process.
When you get to the bar, you can choose from one of their many chef-designed salads ($6.99-9.75), or you can craft your own ($6.99). For the custom salads, you get a choice at every step along the way, from the greens (mesclun, romaine, arugula, spinach, kale, iceberg, and red cabbage) to to the toppings (four “essential” toppings come for free, including a wide range of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and more) to the dressings. Any salad can also be made as a wrap.
I decided to leave it to the pros, and ordered The California ($8.25) from the pre-designed menu. Once the ingredients are in the bowl (in my case: iceberg, grilled chicken, avocado, egg whites, tomatoes, and toasted almonds), one of the employees will chop and toss it up right in front of you, adding the dressing until you “say when.” It’s pretty fun to watch.
And the result is delicious! The ingredients are fresh and flavorful, and the portions are generous. (I brought half of mine home.)
The eatery also offers a “Culture Bar” which serves fresh smoothies ($4.95) and yogurt ($3.45), as well as a quick “Grab N’ Go” station by the register, with Chobani yogurts, chips, cookies, and drinks. They’ll be running monthly specials; February’s is 99-cent energy drinks.
The owner stressed the fact that today is a soft opening and that they’re “still working out the kinks,” but if there are any kinks, they are well-hidden. Service was remarkably friendly and efficient, and the salad was fantastic. I’m looking forward to making it a regular lunch spot.
Though they are officially open now, the grand opening will be this Saturday, February 23. Make sure to stop by for some giveaways and promotions (like two-for-one salads if you bring a friend) and a photo booth. Make a salad and then take a picture with it! New Facebook profile picture. It’ll be great.
252 Seventh Avenue between 4th & 5th Streets, open Monday-Sunday 11:00 am-10:00 pm, (212) 244-1111