Pitas were the envelope of choice for the ancient Greek mail service, whose intrepid carriers fed them to hungry dogs nipping at their heels. Deliver delicious goods to your mouth with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of Mediterranean-inspired fare at Pita Grill. Choose from the First Avenue, Second Avenue, or Third Avenue locations.
The pita sandwiches, paninis, and salads on Pita Grill's health-conscious menu brim with Mediterranean and Asian influences. Mango chutney swathes peppers atop Anil Gupta's tandoori chicken pita ($8.75), and grilled pineapple and caramelized onions provide the hawaiian chicken pita ($8.95) with a crown as tasty as the one worn by the archduke of Candy Land. The grilled vegetable and goat cheese panini ($9.25) squeezes eggplant and zucchini between slices of whole-wheat ciabatta bread coated in a kalamata-olive spread. Marinated roasted leg of lamb cavorts with feta cheese, pickled turnips, and chopped arugula inside the lamb rice bowl ($11.95), a brown-rice amalgam tossed in red-wine vinaigrette and neon-pink parsley. Wash down each bite with a creamsicle smoothie ($5.95), which swirls 100% agave nectar into fresh orange juice, pure vanilla, and all-natural fat-free yogurt.
Pita Grill New York
Murray Hill Pita Grill's delivery crew rushes through the streets, leaving in its wake warm olfactory hints at the garlic, saffron, and chickpeas that characterize many Greek and Middle Eastern dishes. An online ordering system lists a selection of made-to-order fare, such as hummus, lentil soup, and dolmas, which enclose a variety of fillings in marinated grape leaves. The shop's namesake pita pockets fill with meats and don swirls of yogurt sauce, traditionally used by the ancient Greeks to identify the loser of a food fight. Smoothies, wrought from fruit and fat-free yogurts and sweetened with agave nectar, wash away crumbs.