Technically speaking, Eatsa isn't new: this automated restaurant opened two years ago in San Francisco, and now is also in DC and New York. But, with "a vibe straight out of The Jetsons," it has a decidedly new feel, according to my colleague Amy Harder, who visited one the other day in New York. Her report:
"A friend told me about this place on Madison — a futuristic restaurant, she called it. If the future is fast and employee-less, Eatsa is definitely that: it was five minutes or less from order to pick-up. I spoke with a worker who said she alone was watching the whole place.
"How it works: I wanted the kale salad (which as you can see above turned out to be scrumptious). All you do is step up to an iPad, punch in your order, swipe your chip — it was less than $9. Before I knew it, a number showed up next to my name on a big board, leading me to an electronic cubby where the salad was waiting, filled with corn, cheese, quinoa and avocado. I tapped the glass, and was gone."