The halal food carts are as ubiquitous as the hot dog carts in New York City, but everyone, local or tourist, knows and frequents the Halal Guys food cart on 53rd St and 6th Ave. It’s THE place to go especially after a late night out drinking and partying. I remember coming here all the time back in the day, and I was always amazed how the line seemed to get longer the later (or earlier depending on your frame of reference) it was. It could be 5am in the morning and there would be 50+ people waiting to get their choice of halal meat over rice.
Pdho and I had arrived into NYC pretty late, so since we were hungry and staying only a couple blocks away, I decided to take him over so he could see what all the hoopla was about. As we were walking over, we randomly bumped into Kung Fu Panda who was also visiting NYC from the Bay Area. Talk about a small world… but that only shows how popular this place is that out of towners are finding their way over to give it a try.
We ended up getting the Chicken and Lamb combo which was served with some pita bread and over some orange rice. The real key to the meal is the red and white sauce (which hasn’t been added yet when the picture was taken). The white sauce tastes like ranch dressing and the red sauce is a spicy sauce of some sort. I have no idea what is in the sauces, but the combination of both really makes this simple looking platter taste much fancier than it looks.
It’s definitely worth checking out. The food is pretty good, but I think it probably tastes even better after a night of enebriation. Although I haven’t tried it, there is actually another cart just across 6th. Ave. which looks like it’s run by the same guys wearing the same yellow T-shirts. There is never as long of a line over there, but I imagine it tastes just as good.
Halal Guys Food Cart
53rd St and 6th Ave
New York, NY 10079
PAFO Ratings for Halal Guys Food Cart:
Food 3½ stars
Overall rating 3½ stars