Restaurant Reviews

Must-Try Street Food: The Halal Guys

halal guys food cart new york

If you have been to New York or are a New Yorker, you must have seen tons of food carts sprawling around the city. Out of them, I think ‘The Halal Guys’ food carts serving gyro and chicken, are one of the best when it comes to street food. 

But don’t be fooled as you will find similar food carts all around the city. ‘The Halal Guys’ are distinguished by their yellow t-shirts and the words – ‘We are Different’ written on it. Many people have even dubbed them as the “best chicken and rice stand in NYC.” 

halal guys food cart

Their menu is simple – either get a steaming hot platter of chicken/ lamb over rice or get chicken/gyro in a pita bread. However, their ‘combo platter’ remains an all time favorite with most. Let me tell you one more thing – their sauces make the dish even more flavorsome.

Their hot sauce is by far the spiciest thing I have ever had! I mean, me being from India, you can safely assume that I can handle spicy food. But NO! The first time, my over-confidence made me say – “Dude… How spicy can it be? Bring it on!” What happened right after that is something only I know. My tongue was flaming, and I could almost feel smoke coming out of my nose and ears. 😅  Poor hubby had to run to Starbucks and get me a Frappuccino.

So my tip for you is – go all out with their white sauce but try their hot sauce in very small quantities… unless you can handle it for real. You don’t wanna make the mistake that I did.

halal guys chicken over ice
Chicken over rice

 

halal guys combo platter
Combo Platter

People diligently stand in line (even on cold wintery nights) to get a dose of the halal guys – me being one of them 😉  The service is quick and you will most definitely love this place for their awesome food and their even awesome prices (between $5- $7!)

If you are wandering late night around the city and are craving for something hot, this is one of the must-try options to consider.

Apart from their original location on 53rd street in New york city (which is open till 4am, btw), they have even expanded their network to multiple locations in the city as well as states like California, Texas etc. and a few other countries as well! If you ever get a chance to try them out, go ahead. I guarantee you will thank me later.

halal guys food truck

XOXO

Smiling Notes

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57 Comments

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    Natascha's Palace

    April 2, 2016

    Looks divine! 😍

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    Aleks

    April 2, 2016

    Going to visit New York in the autumn, for sure will check it out because it looks really delicious and filling 🙂

    Aleks
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      Smiling Notes

      April 2, 2016

      It is really filling and appetizing.. Hope you have a great stay in New York!! 😊👍🏼

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    anotherfoodieblogger

    April 2, 2016

    Wow it sounds fantastic!!

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    Lifestylebites3

    April 2, 2016

    That looks so yummy and makes me to feel hungry

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    Kat

    April 2, 2016

    We have one here in the Philippines but I’ve never tried it! You just made me curious about it ☺️☺️

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      Smiling Notes

      April 2, 2016

      Yup I saw they have opened in Philippines… It’s definitely worth a try 😊

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        Kat

        April 3, 2016

        I am definitely planning to! I’m already asking the bf to schedule it hehe 🙂

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    Linda Fernandes

    April 3, 2016

    Woooooow gorgeous and classy click sis 😘

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    pinkapple2016

    April 3, 2016

    this looks so yum ya….please do check my blog and follow me if you like it

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    anroworld

    April 3, 2016

    Looks delicious, I’ll keep in mind!👌

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    lynne hoareau

    April 3, 2016

    Looks really amazing Shamira. I must tell my brother to check it out when he is next in NY 🙂 Happy Sunday. x

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    Book Club Mom

    April 3, 2016

    Looks tasty! I’ll have to ask some of my NYC friends and relatives if they have tried the Halal Guys. Your story reminded me of a long time ago when I was in the city visiting my sister and got a gyro from a street vendor. I was only in for the day and the gyro was so spicy I had to borrow my sister’s toothbrush to put out the fire! Desperate situations call for desperate measures!

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      Smiling Notes

      April 3, 2016

      Haha omg I can totally imagine the situation you were in and you trying to put out the heat in your mouth! 😅 Truly desperate times lol

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        Book Club Mom

        April 3, 2016

        Big sis wasn’t thrilled but she did what she had to do for her little sis!

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    Lynz Real Cooking

    April 4, 2016

    Oh yumm, this looks amazing Shamira! I would love some of that food right now!

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      Smiling Notes

      April 4, 2016

      Hahaa it makes me crave for it everytime I think about it too 😜

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    Snapshotsincursive

    April 4, 2016

    Food trucks are gaining in popularity. We saw them a lot in Hawaii!

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      Smiling Notes

      April 4, 2016

      Yeah and many times the food served in these places turns out way tastier than the ones you get in restaurants 😜

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    Freda @ Aromatic essence

    April 4, 2016

    the food looks so yum! I so wish I knew about them before goin to NYC 🙁

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    Iriz Chan

    April 9, 2016

    Really looks delicious. NY is a good spot for such business. Great if they open one in the Philippines. Nice post! 🙂

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      Smiling Notes

      April 9, 2016

      Thanks a lot! I think they have recently opened one in the Philippines 😊

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    ChoosingCheerful

    April 9, 2016

    Oh my gosh I LOVE gyros so that looks delicious 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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      Smiling Notes

      April 9, 2016

      So glad you liked my post! I love gyros too.. Thanks a lot!

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    sarithakumbakkara

    April 10, 2016

    Haha! I can imagine how your tongue was flaming! But then with heat came a lot of wonderful flavors too… Your write up makes me greedy to have a go at Halal guys! 🙂 Thanks for the lovely post dearest!

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      Smiling Notes

      April 10, 2016

      Very true Sari.. Heat indeed brings a burst of flavors! So happy you liked my post..you should give them a try whenever you get a chance 😘💕

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    Monika

    April 11, 2016

    Shamira.. You made me drool.. I loved their chicken over rice.. and yeah.. Even I believe the red sauce was a hell lot spicy.. I never in my life had something as spicy as this one.. But I loved their white sauce.. The pitas also are very soft and a little different.. my husband used to have falafel sandwich as he is a veggie 😀

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      Smiling Notes

      April 11, 2016

      Thanks a lot Monika.. hahaa and I’m staying far away from the hot sauce going forward 😀 So happy to know even you love them 🙂

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    Karen

    April 12, 2016

    I’ll have to pass this post on to friends who are heading to New York this weekend.

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    jacquelineobyikocha

    April 13, 2016

    These platters look absolutely delicious 🙂

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    forgivingjournal

    April 25, 2016

    This is awesome! So NY! I live in Brooklyn and really relate 😀

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      Smiling Notes

      April 27, 2016

      Thanks a lot..! I’m so happy that a true New Yorker like you can relate 🙂 xoxo

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    FrugalHausfrau

    April 28, 2016

    That looks so good! I wish I could taste it! 🙂

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      Smiling Notes

      May 5, 2016

      oh it is indeed delicious!! You should try it someday if you get a chance 🙂

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    BlingTreeG

    May 5, 2016

    Awesome… That’s on my wish list now for New York😃

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    Will

    May 29, 2016

    I could not refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

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