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Aug 10, 2006 04:22 PM

Halal Carts in Chelsea

Are there any Halal Carts in Chelsea besides the guy on 9th btwn 15th and 16th? His food doesn't do it for me and I'd really like a lamb over rice lunch.


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  1. There's one on 6th around 20th, and one on 6th and 23rd. I haven't eaten at them yet, but they sure smell terrific.

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      1. I like the falafel from the guy on the east side 6th Avenue between 24th and 25th. (I haven't tried his other stuff.) This is not cart, though: his is a large, gleeming truck! Also, he works the overnight shift: I'm not sure what time he arrives, but it's in the evening, and he's there all night.

        1. Rafiqi's over on 26th and 7th is good for a square meal and is hella cheaper than Chipotle across the street for the same amount of food. If you have an interest in halal carts by the way, be sure to visit the legendary one over on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th only open from 8pm-4am nightly.

          Edit: And by the way, second blumie's post. I love the place I call "truck" over bet. 24th and 25th. N.B., he's only on 6th avenue after dark. Other times he's in the same place over on Madison.

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          1. re: Nick F.

            I ended up going to one of the Rafiqi's carts on 6th, around 20th and I found the meal pretty good but the hot sauce was the stand out component. It was more like a harissa than the usual thin red vinagery sauce that most carts use.

            1. re: KTinNYC

              Glad I was able to help. If you are fan of the halal cart, be sure to go to 53rd street. My nerd college student friends and I still speak of it in hushed tones!

          2. The famous Chicken and Rice guy on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th is good. He started the whole Halal food cart business in the 80's, but isn't the best. So, who is the best? Well that depends on what the individual person likes, each cart has its own style/flavor. Hamed's on the SE corner of 53rd and 6th is better in my opinion, his rice is more flavorful and he actually spices his chicken instead of just using salt and pepper. Tiger Halal is also a very strong contender; they have a spicy rice.