Tips and tricks for making the best sandwiches at home.
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.
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