Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.
In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) local movers in NYC get to sample it all.
Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience or professional packers will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.
This week’s pick! — Chicken Lovers, Midtown East
Located just before the Queens-bound 59th Street Bridge ramp, Chicken Lovers is a favorite among New York City movers who crave affordable and substantial meals that are easy to eat in the truck. But, contrary to bland fast food joints, this hole-in-the-wall Greek restaurant serves food that will both fill you up and satisfy your inner gastronome.
The menu is extensive and most options are intriguing but before you get tempted to go for one of the larger orders, zero-in on the instrumental chicken souvlaki sandwich special. For a mere $6.50, you get a hearty serving of grilled chicken wrapped in doughy pita bread with green salad and topped with a garlic-heavy tsatsiki sauce that is to die for. The sandwich comes with a side of fries.
If you have time to sit down, consider ordering one of Chicken Lovers’ delectable lunch or dinner specials. For just $10, you get a half rotisserie-grilled chicken with two sides, a drink and an order of pita bread. That low of a price tag for that flavorful of a meal is practically unheard of in Midtown.
In addition to chicken, the no-frills eatery dishes out great lamb gyros and a surprisingly delicious whole-fried porgy fish served with pita bread and a mango and avocado salad.
The guys behind the counter are easy-going and always happy to chat while cooking up your order.
The other day, when two members of the Cool Hand team dropped in for a souvlaki sandwich, the guy behind the counter complained that the city is becoming too expensive.
“It’s New York City though – that’s why we love it,” he said.