Have it Halal
The Halal Guys operate food carts and it is a business model unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Instead of having multiple food carts spread across the city or one cart operated by a couple individuals, The Halal Guys have multiple food carts in one concentrated area. As we were walking around Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, I noticed four different The Halal Guys food carts. And the craziest thing about it to me was that each one of the carts had a long line of people!
Because Nicole had done her research and knew the inside scoop, we quickly joined one of the lines when we saw it was one of The Halal Guys carts. As part of our plan to experience a large variety of restaurants over the course of the weekend, we committed to ordering one thing from The Halal Guys and sharing it. It was a chance to sample something without spending much money or getting too full. The long line moved rather quickly and I became more excited as I could smell the food being prepared.
The meat in the wrap was delicious. The lamb was incredibly tender and juicy and the chicken had great seasoning. I wish I knew the spices they used to marinate the meat because it had excellent flavor and was something you’d never expect was prepared on a small flat top grill on the side of the street. The pita was also very good and reminded me of fluffy pieces of garlic naan from my favorite Indian restaurants. The red sauce offered entirely too much heat, and we probably should have left that off. However, the white sauce reminded me of a tzatziki topping that was creamy and helped alleviate some of the heat. The wrap a huge step up from any Great Wraps or Gyro Wraps people are used to seeing in shopping mall food courts. And for around $6.00, it was a great way to sample one of New York’s most popular street carts.
Because I have no self control, Nicole and I didn’t share much of this dish and it ended up that I ate most of it. She ate some of the meat while I did my best to devour the entire thing. It’s a good thing we did so much walking around the city because I would compare my eating habits to Augustus Gloop from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I guess I can’t help it when the food tastes so good.
The Halal Guys
53rd Street & 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019