food travel

Halal Cart

Halal: the term is most commonly used in the narrower context of just Muslim dietary laws, especially where meat and poultry are concerned, though it can be used for the more general meaning, as well. This dichotomy of usage is similar to the Hebrew term “kosher”

There’s a road side food cart in New York, famous within the late night crowd. Located at the corner of 53rd & 6th, they have been satisfying the hunger of hour long lines between the late night hours of 7:30PM – 4AM. Most people call it “Halal Cart“, while others know it as “Chicken & Rice”, the “Platter”, the “Chicken Guy” or the “Gyro Spot.” Part of the secret to this delicious meal is in the white sauce. Nobody knows what it is, but everybody knows to ask for lots of it.


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Don’t forget to ask for the special white sauce! (also get the super appetizing red spicy sauce if you dare!)


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Check out the 2-person portions you get for $6!
Below: Lamb and Chicken combo!

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A balanced meal: meat, starch, veggies — all in one!

Right after we bought our dinner, it started raining…really hard:

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Taking shelter under the side of a building nearby:

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Even with the heavy rain, the long line surprisingly didn’t disband at all! A very dedicated group of halal cart lovers!


The reviews at Yelp confirm the wonders of Halal Cart:

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Hungry Cactus’ final verdict: A

For that price, you simply can’t find such a filling (and satisfying) meal anywhere else (especially during the late nights in New York)!  A must try!