Lunch salads near 52nd/Broadway
I just started a new job at 52nd and Broadway, which is a new part of the city for me, at least as far as lunch and cheap food is concerned. Anyone have any leads on good salads for lunch in the close vicinity? I'm hoping for a food-behind-a-counter-made-by-someone place, rather than an actual salad bar, to avoid people sneezing on my food, but maybe that's being overly picky, especially as Whole Foods' salad bar still rocks my world.
Also, any other local secrets I should know about? Street carts, good pizza, etc?
Try Cafe Duke (51st b/ween Broadway and 6th)... they have a wide range of lunch selections including a toss your own salad bar... the also a korean food section, make your own pasta, pizza, flatbread and already prepared cold/hot bar, sushi...the selection seems very fresh and they look like they get a good turnover.
For a tossed salad (where you pick your ingredients) i usually go to city chow, which is at the front of the equinox gym (it's down the stairs by paramount plaza) on 50th and b'way.
For info on street carts, ethnic food, etc. check out midtownlunch.com - a blog that specializes in that kind of thing. I love the Hallo Berlin cart at 54th and 5th (German sausages) and the Daisy Mae cart on 6th.
I've had good salads from Carve (47th and 8th). I should warn you that Carve's consistency has been questioned on this board.