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what are your favorite manhattan salad bars and take out salads??

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and why??

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  1. Whole Foods Market - selection
    Organique - selection & quality

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I am a big fan of the Hot Table and Salad bar at Civic Deli down near Foley Square. The steam table has a huge selection of options and the place is spotless.

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Second Organique...Great ingredients and quality
        Pita Grill - Chicken rice bowl is excellent and an unexpected surprise


      2. Manna's in Harlem, not quite a favorite, but I visit when up that way. I like that they offer soul food options that actually decently prepared. They are a tad pricey as soul food can be heavy, but I do prefer it over other salad bars that offer the same things all the time.

        1. Pax has many locations and I find that their ingredients are always fresh. You can get a great salad, made to order according to your tastes and not too expensive. Their soups and sandwiches are also excellent.

          1. I get salads (and soups) regularly at Hale & Hearty. Many locations, but I use the one across from Citicorp and also at 65th & Lex. the most often.

            1. For salad bars I like Oscars at the Waldorf-Why? it makes me feel special.
              for sit down as well as take out salad bars I love Tomato on 52nd between Lex and 3rd south side-why? everything is fresh with tons of choices. Also sells sushi and udon noodle soup as well as deli counter. Its your quintessential Korean deli but very good-I make it a weekly habit.

              1. I like dishes and mangia for their fresh, varied, albeit expensive selections.

                16 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017

                6 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

                1. great thread! which of these places would you consider a destination for someone visiting the city?

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                  1. re: LemonLauren

                    I second the rec for Dishes and would consider it a destination...Though it's pricier than most, I find that it's worth the extra cost.


                    1. re: LeahBaila

                      I third the rec for Dishes - I love that place.

                      I also like Chop't for their variety/quality of ingredients and the fact that the salad is yes, chopped. There are a few locations across the city. When my office was in Union Square, I used to go to Cafe Medina which is kind of diagonally across from Chop't on 17th st - they have a good green goddess dressing.

                      I've had good salads at Hale & Hearty, PAX and Cafe Europa - I think they are all about the same as each other (good quality and prices) but Cafe Europa loses points with me because I wish they had a creamy Caesar dressing.

                  2. I'm a fan of Toasties (various locations in the city but the one I go to is Union Square) - they have tons of toppings, including imitation crab meat, which I love. They also chop the salads for you (only before 7pm) AND they have a frequent buyer card - after like 8 salads, you can get a MONDO salad with any toppings FREE!

                    1. I was in Manhattan a couple of years ago and went to a fabulous salad bar. You got to choose your type of lettuce, fresh grilled chicken, beef, fish, etc, types of cheeses, nuts, choice of homemade salad dressings. They also had a dessert and coffee bar. We stayed at hostel right on Broadway and I am sure it was right around the corner. Anyone know what it might be called? I am wondering if it was City Bakery I have been reading about?

                      City Bakery
                      3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

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                      1. re: cdnsaladluvr

                        I go to the salad bar at Le Mirage about four days a week. The new chef there Sandy is very gifted, and I consider it a privelege to be able to eat the Le Mirage chow. He is hispanic, but the middle eastern dips, like spinach hummus and babaganouge, are first-rate, subtle and flavorful. Terrific roasted vegetables and pastas.

                        Le Mirage
                        20 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036