Lunchtime Alternative to Whole Foods (Union Square/E. Village area)
I love Whole Foods' salad bar and prepared food section, but I'm finding it difficult to stay within my lunchtime allowance at the $7.99 per pound rate. Anyone have any similar, but less costly lunchtime alrernatives? A place with self-serve, prepared foods, in the Union Square/East Village area would be preferred.
If only Trader Joe's had a salad bar...(that place would be even more of a zoo, though)
857 broadway at 17th st
-gret bakery that can get expensive, but you can find something for less than $8. they have amazing quiches and great croissant turkey sandwiches as well as spanish tortas
17 e. 13th st btwn 5th ave and universiy
-sandwiches (about $7-8) on a baguette are amazing; soups, tarts, quiches, pastry
26 e. 17th st btwn broadway and 5th ave
15 e. 12th St btwn 5t ave and university
-you can order to go: salads, sandwiches, soups. a lot of their bigger salads like the chicken orange cranberry one is pricey, but it's huge!
garden of eden
14th street at 5th ave
-it's a great grocery store, but they have a hot food section and a salad bar that's good