The San Francisco-based restaurant Eatsa is set to open its first East Coast location, and it might just be the biggest millennial-trap to date.
Eatsa is an automat-style eatery that specializes in quinoa bowls. Automats, which experienced peak popularity during the 1930s, allow customers to receive their meals from large vending machines. With the increase of food delivery apps and a love for instant gratification, it was only a matter of time before these self-serve eateries became relevant once more. And soon, New Yorkers will be able to get their superfood fix without human interaction.
Upon arrival, customers enter their orders on an iPad screen which is sent to the kitchen staff. The kitchen staff, hidden away behind a wall of glass, will then prepare the meal using fresh and nutrient-rich ingredients. Once complete, the quinoa bowl is then placed in a high tech cubby and sent along to the waiting customer. The coolest part? Eatsa’s computer system allows returning customers to save their preferences and re-order any previous orders.
The menu boasts recipes like the Spice Market Bowl, which contains corn curry, saag paneer, cucumber raita, tandoori tofu, chickpeas, and (of course) quinoa. There’s also a classic Tex-Mex entree aptly named the Burrito Bowl that features the familiar combination of guacamole, salsa fresca, pinto beans, grilled corn, and cheese. With a menu that provides such a wide array of cuisines and utilizes various flavors and spices, it’s impossible not get hungry just looking at it. And with prices that start at just $6.95, Eatsa is bound to make our wallets just as happy as our stomachs.
If Chipotle, Seamless, and Whole Food got together for one whirlwind night of romance…Eatsa is how we would imagine their lovechild would turn out. Fast, healthy, and customizable meals – what more could a starving millennial ask for?
Manhattanites can expect the new location to open this fall at 285 Madison Avenue, between 40th and 41st streets.