4 Must-Try Delicious Halal Food Carts In New York For Your Next Trip To The Big Apple


Ili •  Oct 13, 2021

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What is a halal cart?

According to Eater, a halal cart in New York typically consists of some combination of rice, greens, and halal meat either in a shallow foil dish or in a sandwich, usually with a red and white sauce to top it all off. While all halal carts might look the same to some people, each vendor adds their own twist to make the dishes stand out from the competition.

1. The Halal Guys

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Started as a hot dog cart, The Halal Guys has evolved into an international chain serving hearty Middle Eastern cuisine. Whether you're craving for sandwiches or beef gyro, you can have it here. Follow the crowd and order their famous rice platters drizzled with lip-smacking white and red sauces.

Address: 6th Avenue &, W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States

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2. Adel's Famous Halal Food

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For another Middle Eastern option, give Adel's Famous Halal Food a chance to impress you. Serving sandwiches, fried food and salad, you're going to love the rice platters that are served with chicken kebab, lamb chops or Italian sausages.

Address: 1221 6th Ave (the corner of 50th street and 6th Ave), New York, NY 10020


3. Kwik Meal

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Owned by Mohammed Rahman, a former sous chef at the Russian Tea Room, The Kwik Meal is a halal cart that is popularly known for its upscale take on the usual offerings compared to most other street carts in New York City. Instead of the standard gyro (roasted loaf of blended meats), you can look forward to his lamb and rice plate using real lamb coupled with unique flavours like papaya puree.

Address: 100 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036, United States


4. Chapli & Chips

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Chapli & Chips is a halal cart in Queens owned by Karim Khan, a Pakistan born who moved to USA permanently when he was 8 years old. Drop by his food cart on on Hillside Avenue where he specializes in Pashtun meat patties and hand-cut potatoes.

Address: 257-03 Hillside Avenue, Queens, NY 11004, United States


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