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Sep 16, 2007 09:46 PM



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  1. Karavas. Two locations: 4th Street, just west of 6th Avenue and Christoper Street, just west of 7th Avenue. Ambrosia!

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      1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

        Native: Just curious -- Is the gyro @ KARAVAS lamb, beef, or a mixture of both?

        1. re: Liquid Sky

          I believe a beef/lamb mixture-typical NYC gyro, not to be confused with shawarma, doner kabab or souvlaki.

        2. re: NAtiveNewYorker

          Karavas gyros are too salty and not spicy enough.

        3. Did not know if you were looking for indoor or outdoor, Raffiqi's carts are outstanding. jfood likes the one at 52nd and Park. Sit out on park ave on a glorious day like today and it's a wonderful thing.

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          1. re: jfood

            Second Raffiqui's, though I usually get their gyro meat over rice.

            Avoid Gyro II across form Penn Station. Too much mayo in the sauce. And nothing is fresh. (They're set up for speed service, not quality, IMHO.)

              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker

                I'm sorry but I have to disagree with this -- I LOVE Gyro II. Maybe it just depends on what you're used to in terms of the sauce proportions, but I'm usually very opposed to thick creamy sauces in general, but I think their sauce is amazing. And they are definitely the right price. That's one of my favorites and I think it's worth trying.

                1. re: Adrienne

                  I actually like the chicken gyro at Gyro II, which is better than chicken gyros I've tried elsewhere. The problem, as other posters have noted, is that the sauce isn't tzatziki -- more like a mayo-based salad dressing. There's also no discernible garlic taste, which is my main complaint.

                  1. re: Adrienne

                    I love Gyro II, for gyros and for their souvlaki. The platters are about $8, but they are enormous. The sandwiches get kind of messy, but that's not necessariliy a bad thing in a gyro. I do understand, though, why people don't like the sauce. I happen to love the fairly sweet mayo based sauce they use, but if you are looking for traditional tzatziki you would be sorely disappointed.

              2. Is it me, or is anybody else disgusted by the quality of meat that comes off the gyro carts? Over the summer I had the privilege of going to Greece ... wow, what a difference. Over there, their gyros are actually stacked, thinly sliced pieces of meat, either lamb, chicken or pork ... on the same vertical spit. Then sliced off, like it would appear it is here in NYC. I know it seems that most of the cart owners are from the middle east and probably don't do pork, and real lamb might be too expensive ... but what I see here, is the equivalent of a big processed hot-dog type of thing, like a big meatloaf on a stick. It tastes ok, but appears to be a big processed gyro loaf thing. Don't mean to hijack the thread ... but do any of these carts make one like they do in Greece? OR close to it?

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                1. re: jimnorton

                  It's the opposite for me. I always find the street meat in Greece too dry. (It's like eating pebbles inside a delicious sauce.) I like the processed gyro meat here, especially when it's been chopped up a lot and cooked to a slightly crusty consistency.

                  (But I also like Hostess Sno-Balls, so YMMV.)

                2. I am taking notes... keep coming your opinios...
                  I apreciate it... :)

                  1. Greek Corner on 7th Ave at 28th does excellent gyros.

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                    1. re: a_and_w

                      i completely agree with you, jimnorton. having spent 3 weeks in greece several years back, there is no comparison with regard to the meat. nothing comes close, of course, and the meat off the cart typically makes me shudder. since i've never tried the one at 52nd and park, i can't state an opinion about that particular one. i've only tried a few carts many yrs ago and just stopped. try ouzaria (sp) or uncle nick's on 9th avenue. the meat is decent quality. not sure if this would be considered cheap.

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                      2. re: a_and_w

                        I agree with a_and_w, Greek Corner, makes some good Gyro's (sandwiches & platters). I go there once a week for lunch. Greek Corner is MUCH better than Gyro II across from The Garden.