>> Tuesday, February 16, 2010
If you work in Midtown or FiDi, then you know how the salad cafe has grown into a venomous beast dominating the lunch scene. Pax, Chop't, Hale & Hearty, Cafe Europa, Pret A Manger... and those are just the ones I can name off the top of my head. They all sell salads, soups, sandwiches. Lunch zones where you can get your custom salad with everything. Pax will even take that salad and shred it into an inedible baby-food-like mush if you're so inclined to try drinking your salad through a straw.
Forest Hills has long anticipated its own Midtownesque lunch spot with EuroPan on the corner of Austin and 70th. But as of this writing it's progress is comparable to that of a stranded and dehydrated Bedouin crawling helplessly through the desert in search of water as the cruel Arabian sun saps his energy with each lethargic step. No one seems to have noticed Chic & Green, tucked between Austin and QB on 72nd next door to Best 1 Sushi.
Chic & Green is like a cute, Park Slopey version of the cold salad giants. It sports a bright white interior with light blue tables, and no sodas except the high brow Izzys. I'm not a salad person, but I can attest that the variety of toppings is comparable to the big boys. If memory serves, there are 26. They also serve sandwiches and soups and a handful of desserts. I tried their Mushroom Soup and was impressed. Creamy, not too salty, and with plenty of big chunks of mushroom.
Since salads aren't really my thing, I'll leave to everyone else to critique the place in their comments.
My soup and a water was about $7. Salads start at $6.50 The wi-fi is free.