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Good Gyros

Withnail42 Aug 15, 2009 11:13 AM

Is there any where in the city that makes a really good homemade gyro?(beef, lamb, chicken, doesn't matter) All I seem to come across are the prefab strips of meat void of any character and taste.


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    KTinNYC Aug 15, 2009 11:26 AM

    Kebab Garden does a good job of making there own gyros.

    Kebab Garden
    128 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

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    1. re: KTinNYC
      Pan Aug 23, 2009 07:29 PM

      No they don't, unless they've improved drastically since I gave them a chance or two shortly after they opened. Very nice people, but horribly dry meat. I thought their kebabs (gyros) were terrible.

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      dcesaria Aug 15, 2009 01:17 PM

      i like the Rafiqi street carts believe it or not...

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      1. re: dcesaria
        KTinNYC Aug 15, 2009 01:19 PM

        They use the same prefab stuff everyone else uses.

      2. thew Aug 15, 2009 01:43 PM


        1. guttergourmet Aug 15, 2009 03:03 PM

          Karavas (2 locations in the Village) are the best but I hate to tell you that all gyros are "pre-fab". http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/din...

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          1. re: guttergourmet
            KTinNYC Aug 15, 2009 03:11 PM

            all gyros are "pre-fab".

            Not true. There are places that "stack" layers of meat on the rotisserie themselves instead of using the pre-formed gyro meat found at most places.

            1. re: KTinNYC
              guttergourmet Aug 16, 2009 07:09 AM

              Please identify them and let's not confuse gyros woth shwarma.

              1. re: guttergourmet
                KTinNYC Aug 16, 2009 09:01 AM

                I say they are pretty much synonymous, obviously you diasagree.


                1. re: KTinNYC
                  guttergourmet Aug 18, 2009 12:13 PM

                  People think of shawarmas as being similar to gyros (from Greece), this is not true: the Gyro usually has different ingredients inside the sandwich. Gyro meat is often quite different, both in its spices and insofar as gyro meat is a mixture of beef and lamb while shawarma is typically never beef and occasionally only lamb.

                  1. re: guttergourmet
                    thew Aug 18, 2009 12:49 PM

                    what is it when it isn't the occasional lamb nor the never beef?

                    1. re: guttergourmet
                      KTinNYC Aug 18, 2009 02:07 PM

                      Is a hot dog a hot dog if it's a combination of beef and pork? All pork, pork and chicken? Heavily spiced? Lightly spiced? A rose by any other name...

                      But we can agree that not all gyros are pre-fab, right?

                      1. re: KTinNYC
                        michele cindy Aug 19, 2009 04:28 AM

                        While it may be different in Greece and the Mid-east, I find in the NYC metro area, a "gyro" is usually considered to be more of a compressed minced meat, and a shawarma is usually more in it's original form, stacked, layered and not as minced. Both are cooked the same way on a vertical rotiserrie. A a souvlaki here is cubes of meat on a skewer and grilled.
                        For a decent cheap schwarma, I really like Mamoun's on Macdougal.

            2. Withnail42 Aug 15, 2009 04:00 PM

              Point of clarification when I meant prefab I was referring to the gyro meat that comes frozen like bacon strips. It's precooked and then just thawed and heated.

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              1. re: Withnail42
                thew Aug 15, 2009 04:23 PM

                i dont know of any places that do that

                1. re: Withnail42
                  Piso Aug 19, 2009 04:07 PM

                  I know exactly what you are talking about. The meat is already cooked. Thinly sliced and frozen. Then they throw them on the grill. The brand is Grecian. Some diners in Jersey use that .

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                  itryalot Aug 18, 2009 09:19 AM

                  I am hoping still to get some names - gyros (not processed meat, but slices stacked) and souvlaki. Grab and go would be best.

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                    anrf18 Aug 18, 2009 01:31 PM

                    Greek Village - 28th and 7th Avenue makes very good gyros and has a great avgolemono soup..

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                      Pan Aug 23, 2009 07:35 PM

                      You could try Jerusalem Restaurant on Broadway between 103rd and 104th, but it'll be called shawarma. I've found their food very reliable and good. Another place you can try, also for shawarma, is Azuri Cafe, 51st St. and 10th Av.

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