Halal Guys is so notorious that they’ve had to sue impersonator businesses trying to cash in on their street cred. Which, incidentally, only gives them more street cred. The original carts in Midtown have been around since 1990, and to this day it’s somewhat required that all meat-eating New Yorkers order the cart’s halal chicken or lamb over rice platters every so often. Not just because it’s famous, but because it’s delicious, filling, and costs $6. Whichever protein you choose (we like chicken), it’s imperative you nod and smile when the cart workers ask about the addition of white sauce, a slightly-sour yogurt dressing that’s as much of a star as the meat itself. Don’t get too cocky with their bright red hot sauce, its spicy punch will easily overpower the other flavors of your lunch.
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Radiance Tea House
Radiance Tea House is a great little place to get some grub, drink a pot of tea, and maybe peruse a text about Buddhism. We find ourselves in here from time to time to do exactly that – except for the Buddhism part.
Marea is about as good as upscale eating gets in Midtown, and there’s a lot of that around. Don’t miss the bone marrow and octopus fusilli.
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Reunion is a low-key Israeli cafe in Williamsburg, and it’s great for a casual breakfast or brunch when you don’t want to deal with a long wait.
Shan Halal Meat & Grocery
Shan Halal is a grocery store in College Point with its own halal butcher station in the back.
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Jerk Pan is a great Jamaican food truck that’s parked right next to the J.P. Morgan building on 48th and Park Avenue in Midtown East.
Shúkos Somasdiez Guatemala
Shúkos Somasdiez Guatemala is a food truck on the UES where you can get a quick lunch or fries covered in grilled steak, mayo, and salsa dulce.
Mysttik Masala is an Indian food truck in Midtown East, and it’s one of our favorite places to get lunch in the area.
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