Friday, January 30, 2009

Halal Guys

I've eaten so much street food in New York I figured it's time to write a post about one of my favorite lunch foods. This is probably more interesting for my friends living outside New York because as far as I know, this type of street food/halal food/street meat/whatever you want to call it, is a uniquely New York experience.

I'm lucky to work around the midtown neighborhood where the famous 53rd St. Halal Guys cart is located (on the south east corner of 53rd & 6th during the day, and on the south west corner of 53rd & 6th during the night). There are many reasons why I like it, and eat it about once a week - it's cheap, tasty, very spicy, filling and a perfect blend of nutrition.

I usually order the combo platter with rice, it's chicken & lamb over yellow basmati rice, with a side of salad with "white sauce" and hot sauce, with a few pieces of pita bread. I did some research on what the white sauce is, apparently it's just vinegar & Mayonnaise, I always just assumed it's tahini sauce but I am sure every cart has a slight variation. The hot sauce from the Halal Guys cart is quite spicy, so be warned.

Is the 53rd St. Halal Guys cart that much superior over the others? Frankly, I can't really tell. But the 53rd St. Halal Guys cart was voted the best by the midtown lunch crowd, so if you are ever in the neighborhood, why not try the best..?


  1. do you think walking 11 streets and 2 avenues for street meat is a bit overdoing it? *ponder* ;pp i usually go to one on park and 40th, pretty good too i think! but i'm curious to see whats the hype all about lahhh.. ;p

  2. Come!!!! Maybe when it's warmer you can hop over and we can sit outdoor and eat lunch together. :)