Regarding the "AMAZING" Halal Cart...
My friend and I want to try it since it is said to be a cornerstone of NY eating.
A) Is open on Friday evenings? Until when?
B) And perhaps most importantly, is there anywhere near the cart where people can SIT down with their plates and enjoy the meal. Perhaps with a nice dessert place nearby for a bite afterwards?
If you mean the famous cart on 53rd and 6th SW corner across from the Hilton, there's some planters and ledges you can sit on, but not a whole of tables or chairs available.
It's open quite late -- until 4am.
For dessert, I'd go to Kyotofu, which serves Asian-influenced desserts.
144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
If you go to around 52nd or 51st (forgot which one) between 6th and 7th, you'll find some tables and chairs outside.
If you're coming from out of town, get a room at the Sheraton or Hilton. Seriously--sitting on a planter is the only immediate option and not my idea of an enjoyable meal.