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“Good food, hidden away on a back road in Manhattan”
Review of L&L Hawaiian BBQ - CLOSED

L&L Hawaiian BBQ
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Hawaiian
Neighbourhood: Financial District
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Neighbourhood: Financial District
Reviewed 17 September 2011

I'll admit a bias right off the bat. I am from Hawai'i, and while living on the east coast, have desperately missed good representation of cuisine from home (it's not pineapple on pizza, or mai-tais). Among locals, L&L is a big thing, and it was such a joy to hear that there is one only 45 mins from home, in a city to which I travel occasionally.

The parking is difficult, unless you pay at a lot - don't bother looking for street side, as this is lower Manhattan. Pay, or walk - there is a subway stop a few blocks away. The restaurant is easy to miss, as it's just another store crammed in among many, on a less traveled road near the WTC site. But look, because it's worth a taste of Hawai'i.

Hawaiians live by the plate lunch - scoops of rice and mac salad, and a large serving of meat. I chose the chicken katsu, and had an assortment of musubi. This is not fine dining, but it is filling food that tastes good, at a very reasonable cost for NYC. The katsu sauce was a bit tangier than I have had before, but still good. I've had the laulau here, and it was good as well. There are an assortment of drinks that are popular in Hawai'i, as well as the standard sodas.

The interior of the restaurant is clean, but unimpressive. I think the poor lighting gives it a more cramped, dingier appearance than it really deserves, but I'm not sure what else they can do to improve it, considering the location. There are interesting pictures of Hawai'i, as well as someone I assume is an owner of the chain with lots of celebrities, standing in various L&L restaurants that are not this one.

In trying to give a fair overall rating, I am picturing how it must be for someone who is not as Hawai'i biased as I am, and so, I gave it an average. It is better that that for me, and will be for those of you from the islands.

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