I’ve written about the chain restaurant The Counter before, but that was the Hawaii version. Since I’m a sucker for saving money / deals / free things, when I found out you could get a free order of french fries by signing up to be on “The List,” their membership / rewards program, we decided to sign up and eat some fries. The plate was massive and the fries were really good. I like them thin like this. Despite the greasy goodness, The Counter can actually be a really good, reliable option for a healthy lunch or dinner. This is because their menu is create-your-own, so you can go as caloric and heavy, or light and healthy as you like.
For example, I ordered a grilled chicken “burger” on an English muffin with alfalfa sprouts, spinach, aioli and some sort of sauce (chutney?) on the side. You can also get the burgers on top of salads if you’re gluten-free, or on a gluten-free bun. It’s not the healthiest meal I’ve ever eaten but compared to a Shake Shack burger or its equivalent (which is amazingly delicious, I’m not denying that), this is a great option. And since the combinations are limitless, you can go to The Counter every so often and never get bored with it. If you’re going to eat at a chain, The Counter is one of your best options.
The Counter Times Square
Open: Every day 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.