A Sandwich a Day: Gyros at GRK in the Financial District
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It's a sad truth that the Financial District is largely bereft of good places to get a solid lunch, so it's no great surprise that there was practically a line out the door of newly opened GRK for their salads and gyro sandwiches.
The gyros (phonetically spelled "yeero" on their menu) come with three meat options: lamb and beef ($7.81), pork ($6.89), and chicken ($6.89). Each are sliced thin and seasoned well, with satisfying crisp edges and bright notes of lemon from their time in a marinade. We loved the lamb-beef combo, which had the best balance of meaty flavor and smoky char. The pork's nice too, if not as intense; the chicken (all breast meat) is a little dry.
The house-made pitas they come wrapped in are fluffy and chewy right on the spot, and they remain that way even after a 20-minute subway trip, sogging up a bit from the fillings but still way better than any mass-market stuff. You have three options of tzatziki to go in your gyro. The Florina has the mild sweetness of roasted red pepper and brings out the meatiness of the lamb and beef. The more neutral GRK is a little heavy on the mint, but pleasantly creamy, and preferable to the Pressino's overwhelming dose of basil.
If you're famished, you can order your meat as a pricier platter with a side of fries, rice, slaw, or tzatziki, but the gyros are filling enough to be lunch all on their own. Welcome to the Financial District, GRK. You have a silly name, but tasty gyros. We'll be back.