Don't bother with the menu at 145 Luncheonette. Ask what kinds of meat (always halal) are workin' on the grill, then ask for a selection–often including lamb shank, lamb shish kebab, and chicken; sometimes kidney and liver. You'll receive the meat layered on a giant mound of spice-studded rice, punctuated with puddles of potato curry. Authenticity enthusiasts will want to eat with their right hands.
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Though the smeary pink interior of 145 Luncheonette is accented with fake brick like a '60s diner, a squint through the window reveals an Arabic menu at the end of the room with no English translations. A mural on one wall depicts a...