Indian summer means more BBQ, or perhaps some Indian burritos or a steak sandwich. Whatever you’re craving, it’s all in today’s Lunch Break. By Yvo Sin.

Smokin’ Al’s

19 West Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
(631) 206-3000

4847 Merrick Road
Massapequa Park, NY
(516) 799-4900

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Excess is the American way, something that is extremely apparent here at Smokin’ Al’s. The combo #4: Ribs! Ribs! & more RIBS! (pictured) for $33.99 will get you a veritable feast of ribs: half a rack each of baby back ribs, St. Louie grand backs, and monster beef bones, plus your choice of two sides and cornbread. That will easily feed most people for both lunch, dinner, AND the next day’s lunch. If you’re less than enamored of leftovers, though, there are certainly smaller platters from which to choose; half racks of any of the ribs clock in at $15.99, also with two sides and cornbread, and are still more than enough to leave you stuffed for lunch. Come here with coworkers and be sure to split an appetizer of the BBQ wings; some claim they are the best in all of New York State.

Baluchi’s Masala


60 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10004
(212) 742-2222

See Also: NYC’s Best Indian Food

Though Baluchi’s Masala falls squarely into the category of Indian fast food – witness the steam trays and meals easily purchased by pointing to what looks good and having scoops ladled into a container quickly for you to take to go – there lies within an item not available at just every Indian fast food place. That item? Kati rolls (pictured: chicken kati roll), or what some have likened to an Indian burrito. Hand over $7 and receive flavorful chicken wrapped up in a soft flour Indian bread, along with spicy sauce and lettuce. Wash it all down with a mango lassi and you have a great meal.

Tri Tip Grill

Rockefeller Center, Concourse Level, North Side
(212) 664-1003

An extra boost of high-quality protein (in the form of tri tip steak) for a reasonable price, served on a soft roll alongside a cup of jus is just the thing to help you get through another day of work (if you don’t pass out afterwards from food coma!). Despite Tri Tip Grill’s location amongst plenty of tourist traps, real New Yorkers know the deal; for under $10 you get a great sandwich made greater with the horseradish sauce. For another $2.99 you can ‘make it a meal’ with a soda (or bottle of water) and your choice of side. The only trouble you might encounter is wading through all the tourists to get there – but don’t worry if there’s a line, because it moves pretty fast.

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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of Feisty Foodie.


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