Our Last Half-Day In NYC: Lunch At Chop’t And A Sad Farewell

Here’s my last NYC recap. . . enjoy!

Well, all good things must come to and end right? We spent a fantastic two nights and two days in New York City, and unfortunately, come Monday afternoon, it was time to pack up and head home.

Of course, we had just enough time to fit in a short walk in gorgeous Central Park. The entire time we were walking, all I could think of is how the apartments surrounding the park are literally the ones always featured on the Bravo show Million Dollar Listing New York. Just thinking about how close I was to these ridiculous penthouses and condos was kind of surreal!

I had to capture at least one shot of the phenom real estate.

IMG_4477 NYC Central Park View

It was a hot one, and my husband and I had not yet eaten, but by the time we worked up an appetite, it was already noon. My husband declared his desire for a huge salad, which happened to be exactly what I wanted too. Again, thanks to Gena, I knew NYC was home to Chop’t, a spot known exclusively for its salad prowess. While I had never been before, I knew we could get either pre-conceived creative salad combos or have the opportunity to make our own.

What I didn’t realize about the spot is two-fold: 1) at noon on a Monday, the lines were out the door! Business men and woman primarily appeared to be the clientele, and it seemed like they tended to order their salads to go; and 2) the salads, after combined, are literally all chopped up! In other words, after putting all of the ingredients in a bowl, and then on a mat of sorts, a sharp chopping type of knife-device is rolled over all the ingredients so everything is cut into uniform, tiny pieces. I loved it!

I didn’t manage to snap a photo of the huge menu on the wall, which listed all of the featured salad combos plus the list of various ingredients for crafting your own salads, but let me say it was epic. Their were vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for salads and even soups that were all clearly marked for picky eaters like me. Also, vegan protein options were numerous, which is rare for restaurant salads in general: there was edamame, tofu, chickpeas, black beans, and various nuts and seeds.

I ended up crafting my own combo: into the mix was romaine and mesclun greens, carrots, broccoli, chickpeas, beets, granny smith apples and sunflower seeds with balsamic vinegar on the side. My husband ended up with some sort of cobb salad.

Here’s what my creation looked like. I was pleasantly surprised by it’s enormity!

IMG_4478 Chop't Bowl

Despite its volume, I devoured it.

IMG_4479 Empty Chop't Bowl

Oh Rhode Island or nearby Massachusetts– why can’t we have a Chop’t? I promise to eat there at least once a week if you could open one up around here!

Needless to say, Chop’t is yet another awesome option for vegans, vegetarians, or those who are gluten-free looking for a healthful lunch that would also satisfy those who enjoy meat.

We finally headed pack to our hotel for checkout and our final goodbyes to Times Square. I had to get just one last picture with the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Man, just for kicks and giggles!

ripley's man and ami

I had such an incredible NYC experience. . . I cannot wait to return this summer!

Have you ever traveled to NYC? What’s your favorite thing to eat or do there?

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