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Great street food in Midtown

MaryKatesMom Dec 12, 2008 03:39 AM

We'll be doing a selfguided walking tour of Christmas window's from Macy's on 34th up 5th Avenue to Barney's on 60th. Any suggestions for a vendor that has great street food or a place to stop for a good sandwich?

I don't want to end up in a chain in Times Square.


  1. c
    City Kid Dec 12, 2008 06:23 AM

    My favorite little place for a bite on that strip is Certe, on 55th between 5th & 6th. They do a big catering and take-out business, and also have a cute back room where they have table service. The food is excellent and reasonable and the service excellent!

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    1. re: City Kid
      Cpalms Dec 12, 2008 06:52 AM

      start here http://midtownlunch.com/ ..then go come back to chowhound with specific questions...

    2. MB fka MB Dec 12, 2008 07:12 AM

      Falafel on pita from Kwik Meal
      SW Corner of 45th Street and Sixth Avenue, New York City NY 10036


      1. JungMann Dec 12, 2008 08:20 AM

        You must take a stop at the Halal Cart on 53rd and 6th for lamb. There's a reason they've won award after award.

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        1. re: JungMann
          Deeelicious Dec 12, 2008 10:25 AM

          Yes, I agree! My friends and I went searching for his cart after a late night because the food is SO GOOD here. love it!

          1. re: Deeelicious
            kathryn Dec 12, 2008 11:23 AM

            OP didn't specify if they were going window shopping during the day or evening, though.

            Make sure you get the right cart on the right corner. There are lots of imposters.

            During the day it is SOUTHEAST corner of 53rd and 6th, or the SOUTHWEST corner of 53rd and SEVENTH. At least it is like this on weekdays, not sure about weekends. But at night (after 7pm) it is the SOUTHWEST corner of 53rd and 6th. The SW corner nighttime cart is there weekdays and weekends.

            In any case memorize this logo:

            1. re: kathryn
              KGill Dec 12, 2008 07:26 PM

              Thank you for the link to the logo - that will help immeasurably! I am already looking forward to a gyro.

              1. re: KGill
                KTinNYC Dec 13, 2008 07:13 AM

                The chicken is what to order from the Halal Guys. The lamb is very ordinary.

        2. NAtiveNewYorker Dec 12, 2008 12:39 PM

          Simple rule: 6th Avenue, not 5th. Then let your nose guide you. I generally eat at the cart diagonal from Radio City. (The basic "lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce...with a slice of pita bread.")

          1. guttergourmet Dec 12, 2008 05:20 PM

            Hallo Berlin 54th and 5th, Daisy May's 50th and 6th, Tony Dragonas, 62nd and Mad, Pappa Perrones Pizza Truck, 55th and Park, Dessert Truck 53rd and Park, Kwik Meal, 46th and Park

            1. c
              cimui Dec 13, 2008 07:53 AM

              a lot of good suggestions already. i'd add:

              jamaican dutchy (esp. for jerk chicken) on 51st and b'way, northeast corner -- in this part of town, two blocks west of 6th ave.

              'wichcraft in bryant park in the lower 40s near 6th ave. it's not so much a street cart as it is a stand permanently located in the northwest corner of bryant park.

              bulgogi cart on 49th, just west of 6th ave. on the north side (also serves kalbi beef, jap chae)

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              1. re: cimui
                jeska Dec 13, 2008 10:09 PM

                Thanks for the jerk chicken suggestion, it tends to be hit or miss around here.

                I'd pass up wichcraft, though. The sandwiches are too expensive for what they are.

                1. re: jeska
                  cimui Dec 14, 2008 11:12 AM

                  my sentiments re: wichcraft, too, jeska. they're delicious -- but it's so easy to throw together sandwiches, yourself, that are just as good that i can't really justify getting them very often, personally. just thought i'd throw it out there since the OP is looking for a good sandwich place.

                  there's also a 'wichcraft in rockefeller center, now, if you want somewhere to sit down and eat your sandwich out of the cold.

                  re: the jamaican dutchy, some of their offerings aren't that stellar (i think the curry chicken and patties are just so-so). but the jerk chicken really is very good, a solid 7.5 or 8 on a scale of 1-10.

                  if you go, i'd love to hear what you think!

                2. re: cimui
                  burton Dec 16, 2008 01:23 PM

                  Minor correction - the jamaican dutchy truck is found at the NE corner of 51st and Seventh Ave (NOT Broadway).

                  1. re: burton
                    cimui Dec 16, 2008 04:17 PM

                    thanks, burton. you'd think i'd know this from walking by it about twice a day -- but sometimes the numbered street system throws me off. ;)

                3. t
                  tarantula142 Dec 13, 2008 10:54 AM

                  If you like falafel Moshe's Falafel cart is pretty excellent (nice people, mention you're from out of town and they'll prolly give you a free falafel ball). They do the usual falafel in pita or on top of some veggies. The hot sauce they have is also spicy and delicious.

                  There are also a variety of food trucks that park around the 6th avenue area sometimes. Everyone has good things to say about the Treat Truck, and Waffles and Dinges (there is also a new *rather pricey* dumpling truck). Make sure to check the day before and see if they're in the area that day, links below:

                  http://www.treatstruck.com/ <= Treat
                  http://twitter.com/waffletruck <= Waffle
                  http://twitter.com/rickshawtruck <= Dumpling

                  Moshe's Falafel
                  442 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

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                    artichoke queen Dec 14, 2008 10:16 AM

                    Great arancini (rice balls) and artichoke pie at Pappa Perrone's. 55th between Madison and Park

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                    1. re: artichoke queen
                      phoenikia Dec 16, 2008 05:31 PM

                      Second the rice balls at Pappa Perrone's;) Best veggie rice ball I've ever had!

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