A $15 Salad: Why Do New Yorkers Pay So Much?

How much would you pay for a salad?

Many Americans can get a gourmet-style salad with all the toppings they went for about $12. Even a gorgeous Caesar salad at Panera with chicken retails for $10.39 in 2021.

Why is it that New Yorkers are willing to shell out $15 for a takeaway salad that you can eat at your desk?

You might have heard about NYC’s bodega culture, but it is the city’s salad culture that can be hit or miss. If you can yell your order at your favorite spot, you can grab a decent meal for $15. When you don’t get that chance, you might be eating a sad bowl of Romaine for the same price. 

Food Trends Often Start in New York City

Before pasta primavera became popular as a go-to home meal, NYC restaurants were serving it left and right in the 1980s.

It wasn’t until the 1990s, when NYC streamlined the idea of sushi, that it became a popular trend in several countries.

Who can forget the cupcake craziness that happened after Sex and the City?

The newest trend for New Yorkers is the takeaway salad place. If you can find the right spot, different chains offer a customized meal that you can pick up for a fair price. Everything from roasted shrimp to quinoa is on the menu. 

Since salads are considered healthy, at least based on what you put into it, choosing one feels like a better option than a massive burger.

If anything, you could say New Yorkers pay $15 to avoid offending their coworkers. With people returning to the office after Covid, that’s not a bad approach to take.