I first discovered Jason's in another city when our office catered lunch and I loved it. Their sandwiches hit the spot and were a fresh change of pace. Since then, Jason's Delis have sprouted up everywhere and the sandwiches are still delicious as are their soups. The salad bar is usually nice and fresh with a nice array leafy greens and toppings - feta, cheddar or mozzarella; sprouts; peas; carrots; red and yellow peppers, etc. The prices aren't a bargain, but they're not bad either. Highlights - the free dessert with the salad bar and the ice cream. Lowlights - some of the sandwiches do seem a bit greasier than necessary but I think that's owing to the hot-grilled rye and the buttery croissant sandwich breads. - We've come to call Jason's the "Dirty Dish Diner" because inevitably the salad bowls have a speck of something on them but I'm willing to look the other way.
When I visit Star Provisions, it is usually for the sandwich shop. FYI: they are moving everything in the store except for the sandwich shop to another location in West Midtown soon. Recommendations: -Shrimp Po Boy -Korean Beef on a SALAD with the Asian vinaigrette -The Roast Beef Sandwich -The meat tarte or any of the savory baked goods I love love love this place. They are surprisingly quick for an artisanal sandwich place, and everyone working there is friendly. They have a wide selection of gourmet chocolate, chips, and sodas. Ditch your Subway one day.
Souper Jenny is my favorite healthy lunch spot. If the name is any indication, they are famous for their soups! The menu changes daily and is made with quality fresh ingredients. I want whatever the staff at Souper Jenny eats for breakfast because they could not be in better moods. The lunch combo is a bowl of soup (which you can split into two cups because sometimes it's hard to pick just one soup), a salad or sandwich, and a drink and cookie. They do not skimp on portions so you get your money's worth. I could eat at Souper Jenny every day!!