Ok ok, I'm sure this has been asked before,
but after reading the new yorker about street food in singapore,
I would like to know the best street food in manhattan.
I've lived here many years and must admit my knowledge on this
subject is limited.
The Halal food is terrific (get the "white and hot sauces" and not the "BBQ sauce")
The kebobs at the hot dog stands are awful
Chinatown is a whole other topic (egg cakes, dumplings, etc.)
Halal (chopped gyro meat over rice) at 57th and 8th is great
So are all the Rafiqui stands
Trini-Pak chicken dish at 43rd and 6th is great and VERY unusual
The gyro (gyro meat wrapped in a pita) at 44th and 6th is terrific
Tony Dragona's on Madison is overrated, dry chicken, IMHO
All pizza trucks are overrated, IMHO
re: Shayna Madel
I bet it's mayo, yogurt, a little cucumber, and then an X factor. The mayo is obvious because sometimes you can taste it directly. I'm guessing yogurt because the mayo barely comes through and it's the only other white thinning ingredient I can think of. I DO see shredded cucumber...I think.
I guess it depends on where you get the sauce as to whether there is cucumber. The stuff in the bottle at the cart I go to doesn't appear lumpy, so I figure no cukes. Could be mayo, though I do not see that as a "thinner." I was thinking maybe a touch of milk, to thin out, but then I was starting to taste tartness and I thought maybe vinegar. Not sure if using both milk and vingar would make it some sort of curdling mess, which it isn't. And what is that "x" factor?
It's gotten very good and quite diverse over the years.
Best injfood's mind (and understand only work in NYC 2 days per week) are Raffiqi and Halo Berlin. The Gyro at Raffiqi's is fantastic (white sauce only for jfood) and the Wursts at Halo are great. There is another place on the northeast corner of park/45th that has a good cheesesteak.
Jianetto's pizza truck right outside GC!
47th St. btw. Madison & Park (on Vanderbilt Ave.), 917-287-7241
Check out the two falafal guys in Liberty Park downtown, the platters are about $5 and can easily feed two.
Daisy May's bbq carts are excellent. I am a regular at the wall street cart. Ribs are great, the chili might be the best in the city.