The PG recently ran a piece outlining great lunch deals in the city. (Check it out here).
As I spend my days in a cube in the US Steel Tower, I really wanted to check some of these places out.
Luckily, I have a few adventurous coworkers. On a recent lunch hour, we made our way to Istanbul Grill (643 Liberty Ave).
A salad plate (tossed salad and scoops of three other cold salads) will run you $5. Not a bad deal. The place is tiny and service is somewhat on the slow side – this is likely a result of no-one knowing what they are looking at and then being forced to choose three salads on the fly as you approach the counter.
Istanbul might benefit from listing the day’s choices somewhere more visible. I saw a chalkboard hidden behind the cooler containing drinks but I am not sure that even listed the salad choices. The only option was to point at what looked tasty.
I believe I ended up with some type of tabbouli, slow cooked beans, and grape leaves. The pointing thing worked fine for me as everything was flavorful and light. Check it out!