Small Business

Filling a gap— New York


Smile To Go’s healthy but tasty breakfasts and lunches with a Mediterranean influence are a big hit. Here’s how you can make them too.

Looking Glass, Manhattan, Melia Marden, Takeaway

Grabbing a quick and healthy takeaway in Manhattan is no easy feat. Every day, during lunchtime, the streets of lower SoHo fill up with bicycles delivering food to hungry workers because there are surprisingly few options for quick and tasty dining. “There are a lot of creative businesses in this area but there was nowhere for them to grab a good lunch,” says Matt Kliegman, who opened the Smile To Go with partner Carlos Quirarte in January this year. “We’ve really enjoyed dining at takeaway places in other cities so it made sense to open one here…

Recipe 01

Rotisserie chicken (Serves 2-4)

1 whole 1.3kg chicken
1 small bunch fresh rosemary, leaves picked
1 small bunch fresh thyme, leaves picked
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Generous amount finely ground pink, white and black peppercorns

The method

  1. Trim the wing tips and tie the chicken with cooking twine.

  2. Place the herbs, garlic and olive oil in a blender and blend on high speed until well combined, about 30 seconds.

  3. Rub chicken all over with marinade.

  4. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Place in the rotisserie and cook for about 1 hour until skin is dark golden and crispy. Otherwise cook in the oven for approximately 1 hour (depending how crispy you like the skin) at 200C.

Recipe 02

Slaw with yoghurt buttermilk dressing (Serves 4)

½ head red cabbage, shredded
½ head green cabbage, shredded
¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives
¼ cup distilled white vinegar
1 tsp celery seed
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tbls white granulated sugar
1/2 cup full fat Greek yoghurt
¼ cup buttermilk
1 cup grapeseed oil

The method

  1. Combine cabbage and most of the chopped chives and mix well.

2.Combine the vinegar, celery seed, kosher salt and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk. Add the buttermilk and yoghurt and whisk until well combined. Whisk in the grapeseed oil until smooth and emulsified.

3.Pour the dressing over the cabbage and mix. Season with more salt to taste. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve.


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