Affectionately known as "street meat," sidewalk vendors and foodtrucks are all over New York City. One of the most sought-after is The Halal Guys, found at 53rd and 6th (and other locations now).
This food cart had quite a long line - especially compared to other vendors nearby. The line moved quickly, though, and once we were at the front, we chose our meal:
Chicken, beef gyro, falafel, or a combo (over rice or as a sandwich). I went for a combo over rice.
I think this is one of my favorite meals in NYC. A huge portion of well-seasoned, delicious food (and the white sauce they give you is PERFECT all over it!) outside, watching as the world whips by. I think my expectations were also super low, and I was slightly terrified food poisoning wasn't out of the picture.
But the flavors of the meat, the fresh veggies and that delicious creamy sauce brought all of this together. I see why there's a line day in and day out now.