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Sep 4, 2007 10:23 AM

street food

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.

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  1. Generally:
    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

    4 Replies
    1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

      What's the white sauce on the Halal food? It doesn't seem to me to be a thinned out tzatziki sauce, as there's no shredded cucumber in it. Anyone really know what it is? My guy won't reveal the contents of his "secret ingredient."

      1. 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.

        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

          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?

          1. re: Shayna Madel

            re: "x" factor... you might not want to know....

    2. 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.

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      1. re: jfood

        Halo Berlin is truly amazing. I have only been once and it changed the way I look at german food and sausage. I think it may have taken 2 years off my life with the amount of fat I consumed, but it was worth it.

        1. re: jfood

          Is the Halo Berlin cart still around?

          Where's it located?


          1. re: TipsyMcStagger

            on either 54th or 55th right at 5th ave

        2. Jianetto's pizza truck right outside GC!
          47th St. btw. Madison & Park (on Vanderbilt Ave.), 917-287-7241
          AWESOME pizza!

          1. Dosa man on the south side of Washington Square park. veggie south indian. delicious

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              1. re: rds246

                Second the dosa man. His food is delicious, he is super friendly, and people on line are always nice. I lived off his dosa when I went to NYU! It is also very convenient to eat in the park on nice days. I think the dosa are around $5 or $6.

              2. Come to Tompkins Square Park Saturday for the Vendy awards!