Midtown is already a food wasteland, and you’ll definitely be hard-pressed to satisfy a teriyaki craving on your lunch break if you’re in the area. Paul Krug saw an opportunity to bring to New York a taste of Seattle-style teriyaki by opening up Glaze Teriyaki Grill. It’s quickly become popular, but the wait in line with Midtown office-workers wasn’t so bad. I ordered a Chicken Breast Teriyaki plate ($8.50), and dared myself into asking for their Hottest Teriyaki sauce ($1.00).
I opted for brown rice instead of white rice. The juicy strips of all natural Murray’s chicken were charcoal-grilled, and had visible marks under the teriyaki glaze to prove it. The rice was cooked just right and there was enough teriyaki sauce coated with sesame seeds for all the meat. Although Glaze gives the option of ordering double meat, you won’t need to take advantage of that offer to fill yourself up.
What’s most important, of course, is their special teriyaki sauce glazing the chicken. Made from apple, pineapple, garlic, and ginger, their sauce had a fine balance of smokiness and sweetness. The sauce is easy to get used to because of it’s delicate taste. Fortunately, I had the Hottest Teriyaki sauce to heat it up. I made the mistake of putting a little too much and losing the sense of taste on my tongue. For the rest of the meal I was left convulsing and on the verge of tears. A few minutes after I was finished eating, I had enough composure to ask the girl behind the counter what was in it. She didn’t know, but my friend Dan suggested it was “a mix of red and pain.” Sounds about right.
I normally ignore salad, but the sweet sesame dressing that it came with was delicious. The Toasted Almond Rice Pudding, lightly sweetened dessert, pairs well with your lunch. I’ve yet to try the gyoza, but I’ll definitely be back, and not simply because Midtown East is lacking in good food. For a busy Midtown establishment, the service is unusually friendly. Be sure to grab a Glaze card at the register, which will give you free teriyaki after eight meals. You’ll definitely want to add Glaze Teriyaki Grill to your weekly rotation if you’re in the area.