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Jan 24, 2005 02:53 AM

The best gyros

  • w

I'm looking for a place that would make the best gyros in NYC. A place where the meat is a combination of lamb & beef or just lamb. No chicken gyros please.
Any suggestions?

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  1. Here are two I love:

    Greek Corner on 7th Ave at 28th(?): Little non-descript lunch counter that serves killer gyro and souvlaki. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they also do a delicious lemony, eggy avgolemono soup.

    Greek Kitchen on 10th Ave at 58th Street: tasty gyro, but the souvlaki is even better. I really like the greek fries here.

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    1. re: a&w

      Fontana, Northern and Francis Lewis Blvds.
      They are the only ones I know of that still make their
      gyro meat on premises and don't get it from a distributor

      1. re: byrd

        Are you sure about that?. I eat there often and get the regular gyro (or the chicken gyro,big hunks of white meat,well grilled)and even though I think they are great, I assumed they were just doctoring the standard "kronos" stuff.

        1. re: stuartlafonda

          i believe you are confusing the souvlaki for gyro

          1. re: byrd

            To me: the Gyro is the huge block of meat on the rotating vertical spike that the guy slices lieces off of as it cooks. The souvlaki are the cubes of meat grilled on the flame grill, like shish kabob. How do you know they make their own gyro meat?

            1. re: stuartlafonda
              nick the greek

              take it from a greek: stuartlafonda's description comes straight out of a greek cooking dictionary, spot on. Souvlaki is made of pork. Gyro is lamb, beef or chicken. Also, there is nothing like tzatziki in my gyro...unfortunately I have not been in town that long to be able to write my own reviews of places...sorry

              1. re: stuartlafonda

                BTW: After being in greece for my honeymoon and watching them make the Gyro meat and I can attest...they take very thin, marinated slamb steaks and pile them up, one after another, on a vertical spit. after they've piled it up high enough, they moves the spit to the cooker where it rotates and cooks for hours. The gyros in greece don't taste anything like they do here. The big hunks of molded "meat" that they use in diners, etc., can't compare to the fresh greek gyros.

          2. re: byrd

            down francis lewis is a great place, Gyro Corner I believe? love that place esp. the combo plate or the gyro.

          3. re: a&w

            BIG second on The Greek Corner. I ask for the meat to be "well done". Damn it, it surely IS!

            1. re: a&w

              Although Turkish, I had a delicious gyro at TAKISM on 54th and 2nd Ave. It was like no other.

              1. re: jenniebnyc

                Actually, in Turkish, it's known as a Doner Kebap. :O)

            2. Gyro 2 on 7th Ave. between 33 & 34.

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              1. re: Eric K.

                I recently went back to Gyro 2 and it confirmed my earlier opinion. It just doesn't come together. Plenty of meat, lettuce, tomatoes and sauce but somehow it doesn't work. Their tomatoes are cut too large ang keep falling out of the sandwich. It doesn't help that they serve them balanced on top. The sauce doesn't get down to the meat because the lettuce is so thick it's impenetrable. So you wind out up eating salad with sauce and them meat and pita dry as a bone. The sauce ia so bland it probably wouldn't help anyway.

                It's a big serving for the money but the taste just isn't there.

                1. re: Brian W

                  Agreed. Also, they don't use tzatziki. Definitely give greek corner a try.

                  1. re: a&w

                    Greek Corner is the best. I love the place for everything they make.

                    1. re: a&w

                      I went to give Gyro II a try. I thought almost all the componets were good. Veggies were pretty fresh, the gyro meat was ample & I did taste some lamb in the mix. The one major thing missing is the Tzatziki & I think it makes all the difference. Instead they use this overly sweet Ranch style salad dressing. It turned what could have beem a good gyro into something that didn't taste right. It tasted more like those cheaper gyros you get from the street vendors with their "white sauce". If only they used the real stuff. Safe to say I won't be going back there. If I want a gyro with the "white suace" I'll save money & go to a street vendor.

                  2. re: Eric K.

                    I agree with your choice of gyro 2 its the best! On 7th between 33rd and 34th!

                    1. re: Eric K.

                      I realize the food comes first and every other detail is secondary, but Gyro II, as decent as it is, is just waaaay too depressingly ghetto-depressing. Most of the crowd are sad office worker- or shopper-types, most getting the horrible looking pizza crammed in there, too.

                    2. The absolute best GYRO and trust me is
                      ROMANOS FAMOUS PIZZA and GYRO on 33 street and Broadway in astoria(don't let the mane fool you its "GREEK")
                      Made on Premises for sure been around for 25 years or so ...
                      I Drive all the way from Philadelphia 2x a month

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                      1. re: george123

                        So good you come all the way from Philly 2x/month to have the gyros, huh? This I have to try!

                        You should look into maybe asking them to sell you the gyro meat cold & a container of yoguet sauce so you can make to gyros back in Philly & so won't have to come back to Astoria as often.

                        1. re: george123

                          1) I ate at Romano's last night and it was processed "meat product", not homemade

                          2) There were no Greeks on staff, there were no Greeks eating there, and the clientele seemed (from appearances, at least) to be more interested in cheap food that authentic food.

                          I won't go back.

                        2. Yatagan(Macdougal St bet Bleecker & W 3rd) hands down the best gyro in the city, I've been going there for years. The meat is delicious and plentiful, tomatos sliced not too big, lettuce, onions, white sauce makes the perfect gyro sandwich!

                          Big sandwich- layered (meat, tomatos, lettuce, more meat, sauce)~ yummm. It's a hole in the wall but the nice staff is very nice :)

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                          1. re: MindyB

                            Second Yatagan! The falafels are lovely there as well, I drive in from Westchester all the time to get both. Plus they're open super-late.

                          2. Okay...I read all of these opinons and Im sure there are a lot of good gyros out there...but I know where THE best gyros are in NYC....

                            There is a street vendor on Wall Street, between Water st and Pearl st (across from the street from Wall St Cafe)...the line during lunch time can go almost all the way down the block! And not only is it the best gyro you will ever have, but...get's only $3.00...and it will fill you up. I swear it is the best. And for you gyro non-purists...make sure you try it with some hot sauce! (they also make a mean chicken sandwich served on the same pita bread...)

                            Trust me.

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                            1. re: bill

                              Second this post- that street cart gyro on Wall is BEYOND AWESOME, and it's the standard I hold others up to. I hope this doesn't increase his business- the lines are long enough already.