Restaurant Review: Sweetgreen

Details: Located at 1114 6th Ave (Entrance on 42nd St between 5th and 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10036. Official site is https://www.sweetgreen.com/

Score: 6.4/10

The first time I noticed Sweetgreen was when the line from Chopt seemingly disappeared and migrated over to Sweetgreen. Now Sweetgreen almost always has a line out the door every day during lunch time.

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Restaurant Review: Chop’t

Details: Located at 11 W 42nd St., New York, NY 10036. Official site is http://choptsalad.com/

I’ve come here a few times simply because I was tired of eating everything in the area around my workplace. With this lack of options in mind, I was forced to try Chop’t.

Chop’t is a chain of restaurants that make chopped salads, assembly line style. It’s like Chipotle, but for chopped salads. The only difference between chopped salads and regular salads is… that they chop the lettuce in front of you. That’s it. They have your standard, popular salads here, like the Cesar and the Cobb salads. Pricing is generally around ten dollars, but mostly higher than that. Also worth mentioning is that around lunchtime, there is often a line going out the restaurant of people wanting to get Chop’t.

I’ve tried the Cesar and a southwestern salad, among others. It’s all right and priced a dollar or so higher than other salad makers in the area. I think what I noticed most about Chop’t or this Chop’t in particular is the kind of people who come here. The people here are generally well dressed employees who are pretty rude and pushy. I don’t know what it is about this location, but I could feel the pretentiousness of everyone coming in here and the way they treated the service people as well as other customers was disgusting. At first, I thought it was my imagination, but the customer base of people who come to this specific Chop’t location are generally pretty bad. Every time I’ve come here some lady cuts me in line at the register/salad assembly or pushes/shoves me. I’m not sure why this is occurring, but something about this chain of chopped salads seems to attract these kinds of people.

Overall, the salad wasn’t great. Coming here is a chore because I have to  deal with these jerks who frequent the Chop’t at Bryant Park. There are other salad makers in the area who do it for cheaper for the same or better quality of salad. These other locations are also less crowded and offer more ingredients into their salads for about the same price.

Score: 3.7/10

Restaurant Review: Hale and Hearty Soups

Details: Located at 49 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, among other locations. Official site is http://www.haleandhearty.com

Hale and Hearty is a chain restaurant serving soups, salads, sandwiches, and more recently, bowls, with many locations throughout the city. If you live in New York City, you’ve probably had it before.

In the past, I generally relied on the Cream of Tomato Soup with Chicken and Orzo with a half sandwich of chicken, avocado and balsamic vinegar. More recently, I’ve given up on their sandwiches and just gone for their seafood soups, like their bisque and chowders. I also like the cheesy soups and their macaroni and cheese. I never get the salad because I feel like I can get a similar quality salad for cheaper elsewhere.

What I really appreciate about this place is that they give as many free samples as you want. Most of my trips involve me trying four different soups before landing on my final choice. It’s a nice thing for Hale and Hearty to do.

The only real objection I have for this place is the price. It’s around ten dollars for a bowl of soups and a piece of bread. For something that is mostly hot water, I wish it were cheaper. Otherwise, I do enjoy the soups here and the occasional sandwich.

Something new they’re trying are bowls. I think I saw a Korean beef bowl. Never tried it and probably never will. It’s just not competitively priced in terms of quantity when compared to places like Chipotle. Chipotle is the standard I generally use to compare the prices and quantity of what I buy for lunch.

Score: 5.9/10 I don’t come here as much as I used to, but I do enjoy a good soup every now and again. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many soup competitors with as many locations in New York City. For now, Hale and Hearty wins the crown for most convenient and reliable source of soup at this price point.