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Current list of Rafiqi Halal Carts in NYC?

georgeb Mar 28, 2008 04:32 PM

While waiting for my chicken and rice platter from the Rafiqi cart at 8th and Broadway today, the vendor mentioned that there are 18 Rafiqi carts around the city?

Where are the rest of them? Anyone (besides Rafiqi) have a list somewhere?


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    censorone RE: georgeb Mar 28, 2008 06:58 PM

    at least a couple are on park avenue south, 15th st on the SW corner and 23rd on the NE side. i've seen one around just north of 42nd near grand central between park and lex.

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      erica RE: censorone Mar 29, 2008 06:28 AM

      6th Avenue in the West Village

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      ESNY RE: georgeb Mar 29, 2008 09:46 AM

      I can recall one at 43rd and 5th and one at 40th between Park and Madison

      1. bolletje RE: georgeb Mar 29, 2008 10:01 AM

        There's one on 5th ave, in front of the New School building at 65 Fifth (btw. 13th and 14th).

        1. brooklynbrownie RE: georgeb Mar 29, 2008 05:43 PM

          There's one outside of the Grand Central passageway on 47th and Madison.

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            jdf RE: georgeb Mar 29, 2008 09:18 PM

            One on 7th> and 28th or 29th. One just off 7th and 3st or 32nd. Does anyone know of any other carts around there? Rafiqi's is cheap, but at least those 2 carts are very bland.

            1. erica RE: georgeb Apr 1, 2008 03:12 PM

              I saw one today on 6th Avenue and 19th Street.

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                david sprague RE: erica Apr 1, 2008 04:25 PM

                and also sixth at either 24th or 25th -- was coming from a doc's visit, so not totally focused.

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                smokedgouda RE: georgeb Apr 1, 2008 04:50 PM

                9th St. and Broadway.

                Gotta love the Rafiqi's hot sauce!

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                  Aimee RE: georgeb Apr 1, 2008 05:35 PM

                  what's the food like?

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                    jdf RE: Aimee Apr 1, 2008 06:53 PM

                    I find it to be marginal. The chicken is kind of bland and mushy. The lamb is your typical gyro. Some people seem to really like it. There also seems to be some quality variance from stand to stand.

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                      Lau RE: Aimee Apr 1, 2008 06:55 PM

                      i've heard the original rafiqis is good (i forget which one is the original one), but generally i find them to be pretty mediocre amongst the street vendors as the meat can be dry and not that flavorful, the gyro is ok, but alot of times its been overcooked (i.e. its just been sitting around). It can vary as the jdf's poster from cart to cart

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                        smokedgouda RE: Aimee Apr 2, 2008 06:15 AM

                        The best thing to get is the chicken and lamb combo. The chicken is very flavorful (I don't know what the commenters below got, but if it was Rafiqi's it has flava), and the lamb is very juicy and flavorful as well.

                        Sometimes if you go too early the lamb can be undercooked. It should be browned to get the full flavor.

                        Get the hot sauce, it is made by them (not tabasco as you get at other vendors) and it's excellent.

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                        dwaves RE: georgeb Nov 22, 2008 02:00 PM

                        Is the 8th street location fare-weather only? I went by today and it was gone. Because it is really cold? Or just a Saturday?

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