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Chopt opens first Long Island location in Woodbury

Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with different translations of the

Wearing T-shirts emblazoned with different translations of the word "better," employees chop salads to order at Chopt in Woodbury. Credit: Newsday / Melissa McCart

If you’re still keeping that New Year’s resolution and on the hunt for some greens chopped to order, you can fill up at the first Chopt on Long Island, now open in Woodbury.

With a menu of classic salads, grain salads, make-your-own salad and greens topped with braised meats, Chopt is one of the handful of fast-casual chains gaining in popularity. Average price is about $10, and salad is customized, from rough-cut to fine.

Colin McCabe and Tony Shure marked the founding of Chopt Creative Salad Co. when they opened the first shop in Union Square in 2001. The company said it is looking around for a second Long Island location.

Among the most popular orders are the braised chicken tinga salad, made with organic poultry from New York’s Free Bird Farm, and the Santa Fe salad with avocado, corn, Vermont pepperjack, fried onions and romaine lettuce dressed in smoky chipotle or Tex-Mex ranch.

But watch out: On a recent visit, the lettuce on the braised Greek salad and the Palm Beach were a bit sandy. The kale Caesar was just right and grit free.

Chopt Creative Salad Co. is at 8285 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, 631-534-7065,


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