Gentle Readers, is any food review worth a 30 block walk in bitterly cold wind? Yes, yes it is. The Practical Cook is here braving the elements so you don’t have to. Well, except for my partners in crime, whom we shall call MobileFoodie and Warlord. However, good news, The Halal Guys Food Cart on 53rd and 6th is completely worth it.
As some of you may have noticed, I will in fact walk a mile for food. Even if I have just eaten. This past weekend, after a long and leisurely brunch amongst friends, new and old, it was time to eat again. There was not a good reason other than I had never been to this food cart, and it came highly recommended (special thanks to the CHO for that).
So we walked. The food itself is very straightforward, but you have some choices to make, so use your transit time wisely: chicken or lamb; gyro or over rice; hot sauce, tzatziki or both. Served with lettuce and tomato no matter what, I went for chicken over rice with both sauces. The meat was fresh and flavorful, that mysterious combination of outdoor cooking and unnamed spices. The hot sauce was in fact hot, nicely balanced for me by the tzatziki, and the portion was outrageously large for the price.
I tried a bite of the lamb as well, and I’m definitely getting it next time. Or perhaps a combination platter? I can’t decide. The Halal Guys claim to be different, and they’re right. Lines can be long, but they run two stands and move fast. Have your order ready and step to the side. Or no meat for you!
Thanks to my companions for braving the cold, though I do hope we can stop for wigs and necklaces next time. The next time you’re in Manhattan, stop by The Halal Cart and take a break from the dirty water dog and the pretzel. It’s a NY institution, and well worth the trip.
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