53rd St & 6th Ave
New York, NY 10019
If you’re visiting New York City and want to try something quintessentially NYC, forget the pretzel and hot dog stands, and try some chicken and rice from Halal Guys on 53rd and 6th*. You’ll find Halal Carts on almost every street corner in the city, yet Halal Guys has somehow able to secure the “best” title in a majority of New Yorkers’ minds. LAW works near there so I sometimes will go and have a weekday lunch with him there and even on weekdays, there is always a line (see top right). I hear that on weekends, both for lunch, dinner, and post-partying munchies, the line can get pretty crazy… sometimes up to an hour wait.
True… the pile of chicken and bin full of lamb do not really look that appetizing. But no one ever said this was a pretty meal.
Once it is all put it all in a tin plate with extra white sauce and drops of super spicy red sauce, you will for sure be salivating for the first bite. The rice is a yellow rice that is quite firm and not sticky at all. The white sauce is like a Greek-yogurt sauce and helps to bind all the ingredients together. Looking at some recipes online, it appears that the white sauce is made with yogurt, spices, and lots of mayo… gluttony. You can get the Chicken and Rice platter, Lamb and Rice platter, or the Mix Platter which contains both meats, each for $7. The pita bread that it comes with is soft and chewy, much more doughy than supermarket pitas. Thankfully, the platter also comes with some chopped lettuce on the side to freshen up the fattiness of the chicken and sauce.