Naya Express: my office’s new lunch addiction

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Dear Food Diary:
My first lunch back from vacation had to be from Naya Express, the Lebanese spot on 3rd ave. Before Naya, I’ve never had Lebanese food and now my co-workers and I are addicted. We eat it at least twice a week, not counting late night dinners if we work late. Yes, I’ll admit it, my name is Chubby and I’m a Naya-holic.

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It must be all those fresh ingredients and choices that keeps us going back. 
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They come in this cool, environmentally friendly boxes.
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My favorite is their Beef Kabob Salad Bowl. Super fresh, tender juicy pieces of marinated meat, medium well on top of a bed of romaine lettuce and everything on top. All different textures in one bite. You can get juicy diced tomato, creamy humus, a strong garlic whip (consider yourself warned, bring Scope), crunchy turnips, Persian cucumber pickles, parsley-onion mix and jalapeno. Add to that the Spicy green hot sauce and your good to go. A little kick in every bite.
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The Beef Shawarma Rice Bowl is also great. The onion slaw give everything an nice fresh onion flavor, while the tender beef gives a nice bite. And the rest work together in texture.
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Another great part is their Rice with Vermicelli, as if all the other textures weren’t a mouthful already. It’s so flavorful, nice and soft, you can’t help but forget about carb diets.
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You can also get it all wrapped in a Whole Wheat pita. Sort of like a panini.
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The Chicken Shawarma is also quite good, not dry and flavored well. You can wrap all the toppings in it and customize it to you liking.
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You can wash it all down with their housemade juices. I tried the Fresh Apricot Juice, very sweet and thick for my taste, but they are made with real apricots.

Naya also has a restaurant uptown, for now, I’m sticking to this enjoyable addiction.

P.S. Chubby’s RATING:
686 3rd Avenue
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