Alley Food: Cosi On 6th Avenue For Lunch

Silicon Alley’s Cosi franchise at 22nd and 6th is good for a quick, predictable lunch, either in their large, clean, airy dining room or at your desk.

Cosi’s sandwiches are filling and tasty. Try their trademark Grilled Chicken T.B.M. caprese sandwich — diced chicken, tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil and vinaigrette dressing — wrapped up in warm flatbread.  For $7.29, you also get a small baggie of chips or baby carrots. A friend recommends the Signature salad: mixed greens tossed with grapes, pears, pistachios, dried cranberries and gorgonzola. We haven’t tried their soup, entrees or pizza yet.

After 5 p.m., Cosi gets a little weird, with waiter service and a bar. This seems counterintuitive, even for an upscale sandwich chain: New Yorkers already have enough places to sit down and pay a tip, with plenty more character (and fewer strollers).

I started eating at Cosi several years ago in Chicago while I was tracking their stock as a possible investment after watching Panera shares take off. But Cosi’s multiple personalities — including tabletop s’more cookers — just don’t make much sense, and the company is steadily losing money.

But they make a consistently good flatbread sandwich and happily accept credit cards.

Best For: Solo lunch or casual lunch with friends or coworkers.
Cost: $7-$10 per person.

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.