Sunday, February 12, 2012
53rd and 6th Halal Cart in New York, NY
So the first time I visited New York, I missed out on Halal Cart. Specifically the one on 53rd and 6th St. (yes, it's important which one you go to.) Big mistake. After that, all I hear about is people raving about Halal Cart. Yes, RAVING. Like cult-ish type of raving. They would talk about how it was so cheap but so good... how it's a must have in NY... how they want to do inappropriate things to it. No, I'm not kidding, it's one of those or all three. And yes, they really meant it too.
Okay, so what is it that makes the 53rd and 6th Halal Cart so... legendary? Well, I guess the first would have to be the price. It's $6 for a huge plate of food. Yes, things don't usually come cheap in NYC, but this does. You can choose between a chicken plate, a lamb plate, or a combo plate that comes with both... any of them for $6. Great deal. I prefer the lamb, but to each his own.
The taste? It tastes great. Ground lamb/chicken, a small amount of lettuce and a few slices of oiled up pita bread. Doesn't sound very good does it? Well, that was my initial thought. But it was good. The way they seasoned up that lamb was almost perfect. Lots of oregano flavor and a subtle taste of what I believe was coriander and cumin... really good. And what else made it better? The sauces.
White and red sauce is what it's called. The white sauce I believe is made of a mixture of mayo and yogurt... with very little else added. I believe I tasted a hint of parsley or some other herb... but not much else. I don't know what the red sauce was made out of but it was spicy. I really like spice so I put an equal amount white and red sauce, but my friend just liked a few drops. So it's up to you. But I'm serious, it's pretty spicy... so don't overdo it initially. You can always add more...
The rice... was amazing as well. Basmati rice, seasoned with some tumeric and cumin. I'm sure they added butter to the rice and it was cooked wonderfully in chicken or vegetable broth. The rice mixed with the sauces... unbelievable.
The pita bread was okay. In fact, it was pretty bad itself... until you realize that the pita bread has soaked up almost a 1/2 cup of fat from the meat... then you take a bite of the soggy bread and you realize that fat tastes pretty damn good. REALLY freakin' good.
Iceburg lettuce? Well, do I really have to go over that?
Do yourself a favor and check out the Halal Cart on 53rd and 6th. You won't regret anything. Unless you didn't heed my warning and put on too much red sauce. Then... well... be prepared for a fireshow the next time you're in the John.