There aren't many good salads here in New York City. When I go to L.A., I can find a perfect, CHOPPED mix of greens/fruit/nuts/cheese/whatever I want salad almost anywhere. I am dreaming of the Beverly Hills Hotel's Polo Lounge McCarthy Salad in particular. And my favorite Chinese Chicken Salad from Joan's on Third, which probably has as many calories as a double cheeseburger but I don't care.
The other day, I had a lunch meeting cancel in Midtown so I took myself out to lunch at 40 Carrots on the 7th floor of Bloomingdale's. Bloomingdale's is where I would shop all day long if I could, and now every time I go, I'll eat at 40 Carrots. They're known for their frozen yogurt but the ambiance reminded me of being in Southern California - bright and cheery. And you know what? Their chopped salad was pretty damn good. Just in case you were feeling virtuous for ordering a salad, they give you a giant (mediocre) pretzel roll on the side and a gravy boat of salad dressing. The best part is adding small (extra-large anywhere else) frozen yogurt. Try tart mixed with peanut butter. Yum.