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Dec 29, 2006 01:36 AM

Best Gyros?

Hey fellow 'hounders,
I'm having a huge craving for gyros, but I don't know where's a great place to eat. Any places you may direct me to? I don't care where in Manhattan, as long as it is delicious. Thanks in advance.


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  1. TAKSIM 54th and 2nd. Turkish version and very delicious.

    1. Believe it or not, Gyro II across from Madison Square garden has great gyros.

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      1. re: hesse23

        YES! Very Funny.. I am going to the knick game next week and mentioned this place to my friend. I have fond memories of grabbing a gyro at this place before many knick games in high school. The sauce is particularly tasty..

        1. re: hesse23

          I didn't like Gyro II at all. The sauce is way too mayo based (tasted like bad picnic macaroni salad), the meat is not freshly grilled (usually places freshly shave it and then grill it a bit), the lettuce is shredded (so gets lost), and the bread is too chewy (and not freshly heated).

          It's a fast service place and it showed in the taste, IMHO. Karavas in the Village (both of them) and the cart on 44th and 6th serve far better gyros.

          1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

            i will still be diving in on tuesday night. will report back... i do a agree karavas is very good. although i haven't had a gyro there or anywhere in awhile.

          2. re: hesse23

            hesse: I tried Gyro II recently and really disliked it. They tried to pass off some sweet, ranch salad dressing as tsatziki sauce (yogurt sauce)... really terrible! I love the real yogurt sauce, which is not suppose to be watery and sweet.

            The meat was not good either. The vegetables soggy. Don't mean to offend anyone, but I had much higher expectations for this place.

            1. re: Liquid Sky

              Best tsatziki sauce (but no gyros) in the universe is made by Tony dragonas. Try his cart at 62nd and Mad on chicken souvlaki on a pita.

              1. re: guttergourmet

                I got the classic "chicken patter" (chicken on rice) today and found the white sauce (and the chicken) to be quite bland. I know that most disagree with me.

                Maybe I should have gone with the pita bread...

                1. re: guttergourmet

                  Oh yeah! I used to work right near there and get his chicken pita sandwiches EVERY DAY for lunch. Excellent! Can't believe he's still there...

                  1. re: Liquid Sky

                    I certainly don't want to offend anyone... I must say I took my daughter to get a Gyro in the city at GYRO II and it didn't measure up at all. Runny sweet tsatziki sauce is just gross... I also tried Eta Pita (sorry if misspelled) at GCS at that was totally disgusting. It resembled a cold meatloaf sandwich with bagged garden salad.

                    Are there any good Gyro places left in the city. I remember in the 80's there were so many Greek shops that had Gyros to die for... I continue to tell this to my daughter, who is a Gyro lover, but my case is becoming weaker and weaker...

                    1. re: PetaGabe

                      At 1:00 AM, you'll need to visit any Halal guy on the street for a Gyro. Otherwise, Karavas (2 locations) in Greenwich Village.

                      1. re: PetaGabe

                        Well, don't say we didn't warn you about the dressing. Try Greek Corner or Greek Kitchen, both of which do tzatziki correctly.

                  2. Kwik Meal on 45th and 5th for a chicken pita or Rafiqi's on 44th and 5th for a lamb pita. You can get both lamb or chicken at either, that's just my lunch preference.

                    There's another place in Queens that is supposed to have it beat - i think you can find it on but that is outside manhattan.

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                    1. re: aaronh2012

                      Kwik Meal is great but they don't have gyros. Just chucks of chicken or lamb. Not really the same thing.

                    2. Karavas on Bleecker St. just west of 6th avenue has the best gyros I have ever had, meaty, spicy, wonderful tzatziki sauce...truly awesome!

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                      1. re: mzjody

                        West 4th, not Bleeker, I think.

                        Thanks for the tip.

                        1. re: mzjody

                          Just had one today. Truly spectacular. The pita is perfect and so is the sauce. Get the "combo" (lamb + chicken).

                        2. I think the Karavas on 7th avenue south and Christopher has worse decor (basic combo pizza place) but somehow even better gyros than the mother ship with nice Greek decor on west 4th and 6th. Gyros should never be confused with shawarma the best of which can be found on MacDougal.