Help finding great lamb chops
Hi everyone. I have to find a restaurant in the city that my whole family can have brunch at this Saturday. My grandmother LOVES lamb chops, so I'm hoping I can find a place that either has them on the menu, or is willing to make a special order. We often go to Turkish restaurants, since most American/Continental restaurants do not include lamb on brunch menus. Are there any suggestions for non-Turkish places, relatively middle of the road in price, anywhere in Manhattan, with lamb chops? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I know of the standard Greek places, and went to Ilili last weekend, so need help coming up with something new. Thanks!
Honestly, I can't come up with a single non-Greek/Turkish restaurant that offers lamb chops -- or, for that matter, lamb in any way, shape or form, on their Saturday brunch menu. Compounding the problem is that restaurants such as steakhouses, which would more likely have lamb chops on their lunch menu, do not serve lunch/brunch on Saturday. So, it seems if you want to please your grandmother, you will have to stick with Greek and Turkish restaurants.
Have you been to Uskudar? We just went there for the first time last week, and the Turkish food was first-rate. It's a very small place with friendly service and very appealing decor. There's also teensy Limon, another Turkish and truly a "hidden gem," on 24th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs.
The best lamb chops I've had are at Devi -- an upscale Indian restaurant. It's more on the pricey side, but it looks like they have the lamb chops on the lunch prix fixe, which is $25, though I don't know if they do lunch on weekends. I know that's probably not exactly what you're looking for, but those lamb chops are worth mentioning under any circumstances : )
If the rest of the family doesn't mind eating lunchier foods, Earthen Oven on W. 72nd serves quite a few different lamb preparations at lunch time. They open for lunch at 11:30 a.m.
If north Indian isn't to your taste, give Landmarc a call. The restaurant serves lamb chops at dinner and it has an extensive brunch menu. If you ask ahead of time, they may be willing to make it to order.
And if neither of those two works, try calling around to places that serve Irish breakfasts (like Fitzers in the FItzpatrick Hotel). Lamb chops aren't exactly traditional for Irish breakfast, but some of these places may be willing to make it to order.
Lucien (First Ave, near First St, East Village) serves excellent lamb chops and their lunch/dinner menu is the same at all times, with just a couple extra brunch options added on Sat and Sunday brunchtime i think...not sure if they are open before 11:30am or so...the lamb chops there are a relatively small portion, but are very tender baby lamb chops that i'm sure she'd enjoy...if you are big group, i'd rec making a reservation for the front room as it's a relatively small place, though not so crowded at that time of day
i've also had good lamb chops at Malatesta, but i have no idea if they are open at that time of day or if they serve them at lunch.
Keens Steakhouse may also be open for Saturday lunch, but will be much more expensive...