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ashkara in lower east side

bigjeff | Apr 6, 200810:32 PM

stopped by near closing time and chatted with the very nice guy (owner?) behind the counter. I was drawn in by its maoz-like interior and coloring, and the big sign SALAD BAR. turns out is $8.50 for a large container or plate upon which you can make one round at the salad bar (not unlimited trips), or, $4.50 for a small container, which I got. to be honest, the selections didn't look the amazing, but I wanted to keep it simple so I filled up my container to the max w/ a ton of roast cauliflower, homemade pickle slices, cabbage slaw, roast zucchini. I also bought a pack of 5 pitas ($3) and two contains of the hot sauce, one green (spicier and fresher) and one red (rich smoked flavor of chilis). the place reminded me of bonobo on 23rd street near madison park or also like the old quantum leap on 19th or 20th around chelsea and the salad bar offerings were way lighter and simpler than the richer and more pungent offerings at olympica or maoz but in that respect, seemingly healthier. the pita were heavenly thick hollow pillows and the hot sauces both very different. the veg were very plain, but tasted virtuous. open late and definitely worth additional visits, in particular as an antidote to the usual meat orgy at nearby bereket although ashkara also has grilled meats, falafel and belgian frites.

189 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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