At Lucy’s Lair Fine Ethiopian Cuisine, traditional East African spices infuse a menu of authentic Ethiopian eats prepared for all diets. When not savoring an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet, vegans can customize the vegan delight platter with injera—traditional ethiopian flatbread—and four animal-free dishes such as collard greens or red lentils. Meat-eaters can opt for yebeg alicha, a mild lamb-and-green-pepper dish, or an extra-spicy doro wat plate with chicken, fresh ginger, and boiled eggs.
At brunch, Lucy’s Lair prepares other traditional Ethiopian dishes, including crushed fava beans and jalapeños, as well as Lucy’s special omelet with feta and salsa. Diners can even quench their thirsts in authentic Ethiopian fashion—chai tea and imported African beers are a few of the options.
Taj Palace dishes up flavorful Indian fare born from 30 years of culinary experience and homemade recipes. During dinner hours (5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.), the slow-cooked, quickly consumed chicken tikka masala graces plate space with a savory mix of tomato sauce, cream, garlic, and herbs ($9.99). Gently simmered curry with chicken ($8.99) or vegetables ($6.99) hits high notes of garlic and ginger, whereas fish or shrimp tandoori stew stoically in a clay charcoal oven ($12.99). The meat-free vegetable methi, doused in thick onion gravy and methi leaves ($7.99), and the vegetable vindaloo, which is paired with zesty vinegar and potatoes, enable vegetarians to get their fill without gnawing on a ficus ($6.99). Indecisive appetites can sample a little bit of everything during a daily lunch buffet (served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) that includes complimentary naan and a sweet finish with dessert.
For more than 15 years, By the Sea has been gifting guests with a menu of authentic Mediterranean-style vittles spiced up with a Caribbean flair. Office workers looking for a light lunch break after a hectic morning of dodging wrecking balls can order an elegantly esculent starter from By the Sea’s carte du jour, such as hummos ($5.95), tabbouli (a lemon- and olive-oil-doused dish of finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, onions, and bulgar wheat, $5.95), or four falafels fried in corn oil ($4.95). After a bowl of black-bean soup ($3.50), put your best fork forward into a plate of lemon chicken ($11.95), sautéed in lemons, white wine, olive oil, and cream sauce. Otherwise, daredevil diners can sword swallow shish kebabs of marinated lamb ($13.95) or wrestle a charbroiled Cajun catfish ($11.95) for digestion rights. By the Sea's board of fare covers Mediterranean cultures both extant and extinct, including the Phoenician chicken ($10.95), the Middle Eastern shawerma ($9.95), and the Moroccan kafta ($11.95), a charbroiled stew of minced ground beef and lamb mixed with parsley, onions, and spices. To end your classic Mediterranean meal with less bloodshed than most classic Mediterranean plays, wash down slices of cheesecake ($4) or puddings of rice ($3) with a cup of coffee or tea ($1.50).