Here's the new fail-proof formula for making money in the restaurant business: Come up with a single specialty, find a small space, make some pop culture music references, get press, count dollars. Let's demonstrate with a hypothetical: Gyros. New Wave bands of the 80's. Devo the Greek's House of Meat Wraps. How does a Spicy Morrissey with a side of tzatziki sound? Pay me.
OK, so maybe it's not that easy, but Glaze Teriyaki certainly makes it seem that way. We stumbled across this place one of our recent Midtown lunch excursions, having no idea it's actually the third location in New York, with another that just opened in San Francisco. The only reason we found out about Glaze was because we walked by and noticed the line of people out front and a sign on the door that read, "Our teriyaki has been blessed by monks and Tupac." Obviously, we jumped in line.
Glaze Teriyaki is "Seattle-style" teriyaki, which probably means nothing to you unless you're from Seattle or really well versed in teriyaki. We are neither of those things, but we can now tell you that Seattle-style teriyaki is pretty f*cking delicious. It's also cheap and seems relatively healthy, or at least that's what the presence of brown rice would lead us to believe. Then again, you could lay a piece of pudding-filled birthday cake over some brown rice and we'd be eating it all proud like we made good choices today. So maybe don't take our word on the nutritional value of this stuff. But do take our word on the fact that Glaze is a fantastic addition to your lunchtime rotation if you work in Midtown. We have been a few times now and really like everything we've had - even some of those "healthy" options. We even tried some teriyaki tofu the other day. What, you're surprised? Every once in a while you've gotta save some calories for pudding cake.
Food RundownChicken Breast Teriyaki
The chicken at Glaze is really high quality and tender, which makes for a good base for the delicious sauce they put on it. We really liked this a lot, though not quite as much as the steak.Hanger Steak Teriyaki
Our go to order at Glaze. We like our steak over brown rice with the spicy sauce on it. You will too.Salmon Teryiaki
One of the better options on this menu. The salmon is cooked perfectly, and is sourced from quality purveyors. We did this one as a combo with some tofu in the mix too, and felt really good to feel for a while. Then we ruined it with ice cream and beers shortly after.Crispy Gyoza Dumplings
You'll want some of these, probably of the pork variety. They're crispy and delicious, and the home made ponzu on the side is slammin'.