Glaze Teriyaki Shop Offers Best Alternative to Street Meat in Midtown Manhattan

The chain’s new flagship location gives New Yorkers and tourists alike a healthier choice for lunch or dinner

A chicken teriyaki bowl from Glaze in New York City.

Earlier this month, Glaze opened its flagship spot on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Rooted in the traditions of the teriyaki shops of the Pacific Northwest brought to the United States by Japanese immigrants, the menu consists of the same flavorful rice and salad bowls found at their other locations in the city as well as a few special new items.

Just like every other Glaze shop, the flagship boasts an open kitchen so guests can watch their Ora King salmon and shishito peppers cooked to order. Entrées are fully customizable and include hearty portions of chicken breast or thigh, pork, steak, salmon, and tofu; steamed white or brown rice; fresh green salad; three varieties of dressing (including a gluten-free honey-lemon vinaigrette); and four house-made, small batch sauces: classic teriyaki, spicy, extra-spicy, and gluten-free. There are also fun, shareable sides made with fresh ingredients like cold soba noodle salad, “spicy-yaki” chicken wings, and three varieties of gyoza—so much more appealing than that nearby $1 slice.

At the flagship, you can further bust out of your sad desk lunch rut or #treatyoself while pulling a late night at the office with the location’s special pulled pork teriyaki made with fresh ginger and pineapple, and a DIY sauce bar offering an array of house-made options.

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The design utilizes navy, white tile, light wood, and living greenery, evoking a laid-back West Coast atmosphere and providing a calming respite from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan. The Glaze flagship is open Monday to Friday from 11:30am-10:00pm and on weekends from 12:00-10:00pm.