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"The Cart" Review

"The Cart" on 53nd and 6th Avenue is one of the best NY dining experiences I've ever had*. They serve a choice of meat (chicken, gyro, or both) over rice and salad. You chose from three sauces (hot, white, BBQ) and you get some warm pita.

1. The line was 30 minutes long at 8:30 PM
2. Order "combo meat with white and hot sauce"
3. Forget the BBQ sauce
4. Don't be alarmed at the amount of white sauce they put on. It looks like a lot, but once you mix it in, it's perfect.
5. If you pay for water and then tip the main guy as you pay, one of his helpers will run over to the water stand (a few yards away) and pick up your bottle at the (separate) drink cart.

(*BTW, like many chowhounders I've have had DiFara's pizza, I have eaten at Aureole, Shake Shack, Burger Joint, Nobu, Patsy's Harlem, Dounut Plant, R.U.B., etc. This is in the same league of greatness.)

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  1. what is in that white sauce???

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    1. re: shen

      Is it the white sauce that makes it so great? The only time I went, I said "no sauce" and the guy, in disbelief, asked me twice to confirm. Whoops.

      1. re: shen

        It tasted kind of like yogurt/cucumber to me. Very cooling and delicious on the meat and rice. Didn't try the red sauce but absolutely recommend the white.

        1. re: efdee

          Gotta get both sauces. They work together.

          1. re: efdee

            i assumed it would be some kind of tzatziki spinoff, but personally i thought it tasted a bit too rich and mayonnaisey to be a yogurt sauce. i also didn't detect any cucumber, visually or by taste. no matter, b/c it is ohhhhhhhh so good. drat, now i want some...

            and yes, jane, the sauce is a must. hehe did he really ask you twice to confirm? that's cute :-)

        2. How does it compare to Tony Dragonas cart on Madison and 62nd?

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          1. re: guttergourmet

            I tried Dragonas' cart after reading about it and found his chicken and rice to be pretty bland, though the portions are very generous.

          2. I'm looking forward to "the cart" this weekend; I hope it's out late on weekend nights!

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            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              it's supposed to be open until 4/5am on all days. i've been there in the freezing cold and the sweltering heat. they're always there.

            2. Is this the halal cart across from the Hilton?

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              1. re: Mazzer

                Yes, just south of the Hilton, on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th.

              2. we had an awesome experience driving by there a couple weekends ago. it was late on a saturday night, and the line was half a block long. my parents marvelled at the length of the line, and as we oogled the line, stuck in traffic, an elderly indian woman poked her head out of a parked car and (unsolicitedly) exclaimed "it's very very delicious!" needless to say, we all can't wait to go.