Summer is officially here, and most people’s minds turn to grilling. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible in a NYC apartment, so here are three places to do the grilling for you in today’s New York City Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.
35 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011
Oktapodi sharas: charcoal grilled, red wine marinated octopus. Psita manitaria: charcoal grilled oyster mushrooms. Grilled chicken kebabs, grilled shrimp, grilled veal. Even grilled filet mignon and lamb chops; these are just some of the dishes you can find at Periyali to help you kick start a summer lunch. Enjoy the smokey taste of charcoal grilled food, relax, and think about not having to wash the dishes after lunch. Bliss.
386 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
Turkish Kitchen offers many delights, but one of the most lovely is definitely the lunch special menu. Four courses for $16.95 includes dessert with tea/coffee; as for grilled items, try the izgara kofte (chargrilled ground lamb), any of the kebabs, and nearly all of the entree choices are chargrilled. For your first course, the taramasalata – a red caviar spread with olive oil and lemon juice blended in – is a lovely, refreshing choice that will have you reaching for pita again and again.
241 Pearl St
New York, NY 10038
The name alone at Backyard Chicken is enough to make one think of barbecues, grilling, summer parties. While they don’t grill the chicken here – they rotisserie it – there’s plenty to make you smile and think of summer. For around $6, you can expect to fill your belly to almost uncomfortably full; 1/4 chicken, two sides and a lemonade; 50c will get you one more side. Try the spinach, lightly garlicky, or the mashed potatoes, which comes with a savory gravy. Whatever you do, though, be sure to take your lunch and walk the two blocks to the waterfront, find a quiet spot, and enjoy your lemonade and the weather simultaneously. Just watch out for the seagulls, they tend to be aggressive in that area.
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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.