Feb. 28, 2019 By Meghan Sackman
A new eatery focusing on specialty salads and bowls and from the same team behind Chip NYC will be opening in Astoria next month.
“Liv Salad“, the name of the new site, is set to open at 31-86 37th St. on March 12, taking over the location once occupied by Winegasm in a building that has since been renovated.
The locale will serve an array of simple salads, bowls and other items made with locally sourced ingredients, with many vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian options to be available.
Featured menu items include fig or avocado toast; harvest and Greek salads, and customizable bowls made with ingredients like wild rice or quinoa, protein like chicken or salmon, and a plethora of vegetable options.
Beverages including freshly brewed iced tea will also be available at the new site.
“Everything is going to be freshly homemade every day here on site,” said Peter Phillips, one of three Liv Salad co-owners and an Astoria native. “We’re just trying to get the best possible product out there for the local residents here in Astoria.”
The three co-owners, all childhood friends, opened Chip NYC, the neighborhood-based specialty cookie bakery chain, in 2017.
The cookie shop began with its first location on 34th Street and eventually expanded to Ditmars and Long Island City, with plans in the works for a West Village site.
Liv Salad, according to Philliips, was a concept the group decided to bring to the neighborhood after noticing a need for it.
The 800-square foot location, which can seat about 12 or 14 people, will also provide strictly compostable products including utensils, straws, and cups in order to make a more sustainable type of business.
Phillips told the Astoria Post that he will be applying for outdoor seating so that customers can enjoy their bowls or salads outside during the spring and summer months.
The owners aspire for their new site to go beyond a casual, healthy dining spot.
“I hope Liv can be something that people enjoy all the time, and I hope this becomes a fun place for people to hang out and congregate,” Phillips said.
Liv Salad will initially have operating hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with more hours likely to be added in the future.