Lamb chops travel well. The best-loved versions around New York, as chosen by Chowhounds, range across the globe in flavors, ingredients, and preparations. Garlic and rosemary, cumin and coconut, port and pine nuts, yogurt and curry spices—all play well with lamb and bring something memorable to the table. Here’s a sampling of recent ‘hound recommendations, listed alphabetically.
1. AI FIORI
In the Setai Fifth Avenue, 400 Fifth Avenue (between 36th and 37th streets), Manhattan
In this luxe Italian treatment, lamb chops are dressed to kill in a crépinette coat of foie gras–lamb forcemeat and a sheer sheath of caul fat. Then they’re roasted, braised, and finished with a lustrous lamb-stock glaze.
80 Madison Avenue (between E. 28th and 29th streets), Manhattan
Alluring Lebanese flavors—including a blend of spices that features cardamom and nutmeg—and a deftly timed turn on a charcoal grill set these lamb chops apart from the rest of the flock.
3. CONVIVIUM OSTERIA
68 Fifth Avenue (between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place), Brooklyn
This pan-Mediterranean favorite in Park Slope looks to Portugal for inspiration for its roasted rack of lamb, which is encrusted with pine nuts and served in port wine sauce with cauliflower.
4. EAST LAKE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
37-17 Prince Street (near 37th Avenue), Flushing, Queens
Lamb, rarely prominent on Cantonese menus, takes a star turn at East Lake and sister restaurant Imperial Palace. This popular house special spotlights tender chops, lightly dusted with cumin and topped with golden fried onion and coconut.
5. FU RUN
40-09 Prince Street (between Roosevelt and 40th avenues), Flushing, Queens
Muslim-style lamb chops—smoky, crisp yet tender, and robustly flavored with chile, cumin, and sesame—have helped make this northeastern Chinese restaurant a Chowhound destination.
6. KEENS STEAKHOUSE
72 W. 36th Street (between Sixth and Fifth avenues), Manhattan
Keens’ signature mutton chop (pictured) turns out to be a lamb in sheep’s clothing—saddle of mature lamb, several months younger than true mutton. But age is just a number, say ‘hounds, who find it hefty, flavorful, and satisfying.
7. MOTI MAHAL DELUX
1149 First Avenue (at E. 63rd Street), Manhattan
Celebrated for its murgh makhani, or butter chicken, this outpost of a Delhi-based chain also grills irresistible burrah kebabs—lamb chops with a hit of mustard and a touch of lemon.
8. PETER LUGER STEAK HOUSE
178 Broadway (at Driggs Avenue), Brooklyn
The show-stopper at Luger’s, as every New York carnivore knows, is the peerless porterhouse for two or more. But ‘hounds say an equally compelling opening act is thick-cut lamb loin chops, one per person, ordered as an appetizer.
9. PICCOLA VENEZIA
42-01 28th Avenue (at 42nd Street), Astoria, Queens
At this old-line Italian house in Queens, rack of Colorado lamb is seasoned simply with garlic and rosemary before hitting the grill. For starters, ‘hounds suggest gnocchi Piemontese in Gorgonzola sauce.
211 E. 46th Street (between Second and Third avenues), Manhattan
Tandoor specialist Hemant Mathur’s spice- and yogurt-crusted grilled lamb chops seduced ‘hounds in his previous gig at high-end Indian favorite Devi. Naturally he’s brought them to Tulsi, where they’re served with cumin potatoes and cranberry chutney.
Photo from Keens Steakhouse / Facebook
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