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Best Chicken and Rice?

Halal Guys
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.

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Yakitori Totto, a midtown gem.

Yakitori Totto
251 W 55th St, 2nd floor
(between Broadway & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10019


Midtown is a bore.  It’s where people work and where tourists comb through on their way to Times Square and a Broadway show.  The only time you’ll ever catch me willingly headed towards that direction is when I’m heading to Totto Ramen (which I still have yet to blog because I don’t have good enough photos to do this place justice!!) and its sister restaurant, Yakitori Totto.  I recently had lunch at Yakitori Totto and already can’t wait to go back.  The food is great and they have that cool lit up egg display (see above)!  Yakitori, technically means chicken skewer in Japanese, but also refers to all skewered foods in general.  I would definitely come for lunch over dinner because they have an amazing special that gets you three yakitori over a bowl of gleaming white rice, salad, and miso soup, all for $9-$12.  For dinner, you have to order individual yakitori for $3-$5 each (though you do get many more yakitori options).

I present to you the Yakitori Don with negima, a type of yakitori that is made with chicken (thigh in this case, I believe) and scallions.  A light layer of yakitori sauce is brushed onto the chicken, adding to the already flavorful, tender, and moist chicken.  I was googling yakitori sauce recipes and it seems that real yakitori sauce is made by boiling chicken bones, soy sauce, sake, sugar, pepper, scallions, garlic, and ginger.  No wonder it is so damn fragrant… Continue reading Yakitori Totto, a midtown gem.