I was tooling hungrily along East 23rd Street, heading West, along Madison Square Park, ready for lunch--specifically, ready for lahmacun ("Turkish Pizza"--fresh flatbread topped wtih spicy ground lamb and chopped vegetables) at Kabab King, when what to my horrified eyes should appear but a shuttered and TOTALLY gutted space, with a highly implausible "Closed For Renovation" sign on the door.
Near tears, I wandered listlessly homeward. I was so "ready" for lahmacun that nothing else would do.
This craving will undoubtedly hit again, and soon. I've tried lahmacun at Hemsin on Queens Boulevard, and it was good, but underwhelming compared with Kabab King's--certainly not worth the Queens detour.
So where in Manhattan, preferably between Houston and 23rd Street, can I get good, well-spiced lahmacun?