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.

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Periyali

periyali Lunch Break: Summer Grillin

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35 W 20th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 463-7890
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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.

Turkish Kitchen

turkish kitchen Lunch Break: Summer Grillin

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386 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 679-1810
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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.

Backyard Chicken

backyard chicken Lunch Break: Summer Grillin

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241 Pearl St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 406-6600

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.