Do you know what Seattle-style teriyaki is? I didn’t until I learned about Glaze Teriyaki Grill.
Supposedly, teriyaki is huge in Seattle and no, not just because it’s tasty. According to Glaze’s website, when the Japanese immigrated to the U.S., they brought teriyaki to Hawaii and the West Coast. Then when there was a huge influx of Korean immigrants in the 70’s and 80’s, many Koreans got jobs in teriyaki restaurants and began putting their own spin on it with a range of spices and ingredients. The founder of Glaze felt that New York was missing said Seattle-style teriyaki and thus came Glaze.
The food here is sourced locally, all the sauces and dressing are made in house and from scratch, and the packaging and restaurant decor uses biodegradable and compostable material. So, first you pick whether you want a teriyaki plate, salad plate, or combo plate. Then you choose your protein/main, what kind of rice you want (unless you’re getting a salad of course), and a sauce. Simple and to the point. There’s chicken breast, chicken thigh, hanger steak, organic salmon, soy marinated tofu, wok vegetables, and boneless pork loin, and you can get white or brown rice and either sesame, carrot ginger, or honey lemon salad dressing as your sauce. They also have a selection of other sides you can order like edamame, soba noodle salad, and gyoza dumplings.
I got combo 1, which is double choice of teriyaki entrees and therefore perfect for someone like me who wants all the things. Steak and salmon with white rice and sesame please!
Each order also comes with a small portion of salad, making this a nice little complete meal. Protein – check, Carbs – check, Veggies – check! Both my steak and my salmon were cooked perfectly, all juicy and tender. I feel bad to admit it, but these were definitely higher quality pieces of meat than I was expecting from a “fast food” joint like this. There was also just the right amount of dressing to add a little bit of GLAZE (heh) to each bit without making everything soggy and too sweet.
Fast and filling, Glaze is one of those great go-to lunch spots. But because of that, you might have to grab and go, since it can get a bit packed during lunch time and there’s not that much seating.
Now that I’ve looked up the back story of Glaze Teriyaki Grill, I’ve realized that yeah, it is a little odd that there aren’t more teriyaki places in the city, or at least, I’m not aware of any more. Well, hey…now I know one that happens to be quick, easy, and affordable too. Score!
Steak and salmon teriyaki with sesame dressing and white rice
139 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003