At Taboonette, the newly opened offshoot of Taboon in Hell's Kitchen, pita sandwiches are the focus of the menu. There are classic kebabs and chicken shawarma, but I'm partial to Baked Salmon ($8.75), a filling number that still manages to be light and fresh. The salmon is cut into chunks and tossed with olive oil, garlic, and lemon. The kitchen could have stopped there, but it takes the sandwich one step further with za'atar, additional thyme, and sumac. It's all stuffed into warm pita alongside raw onions and arugula, then topped with a drizzle of yogurt sauce to tie it together. Spoon on the spicy green sauce offered at the tables, and make sure to pair the sandwich with a glass of Taboonette's housemade Mint Lemonade. It's clean with a slight pucker, more minty than sweet, and just what the warmer weather demands.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.