The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys

Halal Restaurant and Food Truck$$$$
Theater District, New York
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    Zach M.
    "Best Street Meat in NYC, hands down Yogurt and hot sauce are a must!"(20 Tips)
    "The combo over rice👌🏽 with their white sauce.. Yummy!!"(16 Tips)
    Zach M.
    "The best Halal cart in NYC hands down."(12 Tips)
    Brian C.
    "Mixed chicken with gyros is great and its a heavy meal!"(49 Tips)
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  • halal food
  • chicken
  • casual
  • good for a quick meal
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  • Elifheart icon on user image
    ElifJune 7, 2015
    If you do something well, here is the result. We have waited half an hour to taste and enjoyed a lot. Hot sauce is really hot, be careful and have the white sauce as much as possible.
  • Zach M.
    Zach MartinMay 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best Halal cart in NYC hands down. To those of you who think its 53rd and 6th your sadly mistaken. 52nd and 6th is where its at. The meat is more tender and theres no bones in it. Simply amazing.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Ayaz H.heart icon on user image
    Ayaz HyderAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lamb Gyro platter without the rice or salad is what I get. HOT sauce is really HOT. Don't try to be a hero. Go crazy with the white sauce though. Always buy one extra for the next day!
  • John W.
    John WJanuary 20, 2013
    If you can take 10-15 min to hit up Jackson Heights for Sammy's halal (vendy award winner) or 6th & west 4th outpost, seriously so much better. More flavorful & so worth it. Ask for the green sauce!
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 22, 2016
    Office workers and tourists alike line up day and night for the combo over rice at Halal Guys. You feel like a beast finishing one of these tubs of meat, rice, and tangy white sauce. Read more
  • A L E Xheart icon on user image
    A L E XDecember 3, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    They are the only halal guys where you will get exactly what you paid for. You can put your own hot sauce and white sauce on your food instead of having someone else do it. A New York staple.
  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍March 26, 2019
    A staple in the NYC food scene, The Halal Guys has taken Food Carts and Halal Food to the next level, legendary status! There's always a long line in this location but it's worth every waiting minute
  • Julian N.
    Julian NamDecember 13, 2014
    10:1. The optimal ratio of white sauce to red sauce. The white sauce is that delicious. The red sauce is that spicy. And for a winner: get 1/2 lamb 1/2 chicken over rice. You're welcome..
  • Djaniella D.heart icon on user image
    Djaniella D.April 13, 2015
    One of the best street foods you'll find in NYC! Trust me, it's worth the wait.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    After serving hungry crowds in Midtown for the last 25 years, these guys have gotten so popular, they’re opening restaurants and carts all over the country. You’re welcome, America. You’re welcome. Read more
  • Ivy M.heart icon on user image
    Ivy MJuly 16, 2015
    Got the mixed rice twice in a week! So good! Be careful not to put too much hot sauce though, it's super spicy and this is coming from someone who can take spicy
  • Bill P.heart icon on user image
    Bill PowellMay 1, 2016
    Don't miss the beer gyro and chicken and rice. Don't worry about the line, it moves fast. Also look across the streer, there are two cart, both from the same place. :-) Bring CASH , and an appetite.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LuoSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sooooooooo good. I dream about their lamb gyro. The white sauce is amazing (and I usually don't like white sauce from other carts), but the hot sauce is terrifyingly hot.
  • Leonardo V.heart icon on user image
    Leonardo VillaMay 31, 2016
    Caution: the pepper sauce is waaay too strong! I put a few drops and got nearly-dead. That being said, just buy your choice and sit nearby to eat it. The chicken over rice is great and comes in tons!
  • Constantinheart icon on user image
    ConstantinSeptember 19, 2015
    Make sure to get white sauce! Remember you add the sauce yourself. So, get your combo, add sauce on top, mix your order and pour more sauce!
  • icon on user image 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Definitely a good choice for the first time Halal Food experience. Get a combo(chicken&lamb) over rice! One order of a rice dish could feed two people. BBQ sauce is essential. Cash only!
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonDecember 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you go during prime dining hours, you can expect to wait in line. But the line moves fast. Best halal in town. I like to mix the white sauce with BBQ sauce for extra punch
  • Nheart icon on user image
    NAugust 22, 2016
    Food is delicious and affordable😍. The combo over the rice 👌🏻. The "hot sauce " is realllllly HOT 🔥
  • Wen Seng L.heart icon on user image
    Wen Seng LieOctober 20, 2015
    The famous gyro stand in NYC. People from all around US, and the world come to taste their excellent big portioned rice. They are very quick but accept only cash. I lovw their chicken over rice.
  • MyThy H.
    MyThy HuynhJuly 7, 2014
    $4 for mixed meat sandwich & $10 for mixed meat over rice which comes w/ slices of pita bread. Ask for both white and red sauce and small containers to go. Best $10 spent and there was no line at 4p!
  • Zach M.
    Zach M.June 23, 2013
    Best Street Meat in NYC, hands down Yogurt and hot sauce are a must! Some will even sell the hot sauce by the bottle. Watch out for impostors! (The real deal are in yellow shirts that say "Halal Guys"
  • Oliver L.heart icon on user image
    Oliver LewisNovember 18, 2016
    Multiple stations ensure that food is always available. Long lines encourage as to quality--they move quickly tho. Food is great! Sandwiches or plates--either way you can't go wrong!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    $4 buys you a stuffed pita filled with chicken and/or lamb plus salad, with generous squirts of incendiary red sauce and addictive white "Valhalla Sauce." Upgrade to the platter for another $1 or $2. Read more
  • Caroline L.heart icon on user image
    Caroline LeFebruary 13, 2015
    Ah yes the original Halal guys, what more do you expect than perfection? They know how to make killer halal, and the sauces are out of this world!! Shredded halal is the key!
  • Brandon B.heart icon on user image
    Brandon BrowneMarch 15, 2015
    I like the one of the northeast corner who allow you to put on your own sauces (so much extra white sauce). Definitely get a side of falafel as well. Great NYC experience.
  • Костя Т.
    Костя ТарасовSeptember 9, 2013
    If you're like me and don't usually believe the hype, trust me - this is well worth it. The food is fucking amazing. 6$ could easily feed 2 people and a small girl. Tip: don't go easy on the sauce.
  • Haonanheart icon on user image
    HaonanJune 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Combo, extra pita, no salad. A ton of White sauce + BBQ sauce + a sprinkle of hot sauce. So good for reheating for breakfast too!
  • Oliver N.heart icon on user image
    Oliver NavarroJanuary 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best place to go to for little or no lines. I avoid the other location on 53rd & 6th since there can be a line during lunch. Make sure the cart and the shirts the cooks are wearing say The Halal Guys.
  • Ayaz H.heart icon on user image
    Ayaz HyderMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Standing in the long line is part of the experience. If you are a first timer or taking someone there for first it. Don't go crazy with hot sauce but definitely try the white sauce.
  • Emilyheart icon on user image
    EmilyJuly 11, 2016
    This is an awesome food stall. The portion they give you is huge! Be sure to drench it in white sauce and only use the red if you like things extremely spicy.
  • Matthew H.heart icon on user image
    Matthew HuieMarch 22, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent street food! Be sure to load up on extra sauce.
  • Tara S.
    Tara SuanDecember 5, 2013
    The DIY sauce station is a minefield. The red sauce is REALLY hot. If you do like I do, and cover the top of your plate with red sauce, you are seriously going to be screwed. Go easy!
  • Che F.heart icon on user image
    Che FranciscoMarch 1, 2016
    The Halal Guys have established themselves as one of the "staple" food to try in NY. Provides cheap, easy and delicious meal.
  • Chrissy T.heart icon on user image
    Chrissy TobinApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Gyro sandwich was super tasty, filling and only 5 bucks. Plus, they're really efficient and the long line moves quickly.
  • Elaine N.heart icon on user image
    Elaine NgoSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best drunk food EVER! It's great! There's actually two other stands beside the original one which are own by the same owner so you don't have to wait in the ridiculously long line.
  • Juan B.heart icon on user image
    Juan BustamanteOctober 1, 2017
    The best street food! Love the experience! Do not underestimate the hot sauce!
  • Alden C.
    Alden CatesMarch 20, 2015
    Chicken over rice is delicious, ask for more salad though! Careful with the red hot sauce, it is VERY hot (but good, so add more white sauce to balance it out!)
  • Roger R.heart icon on user image
    Roger RMay 29, 2016
    Best street meat in the city...the sauce is the star, but for the money there's nothing better than a mixed platter. Must stop when in NYC prepare for long lines
  • Zeny S.
    Zeny St GeorgeApril 30, 2013
    Got the chicken and lamb over rice with extra white sauce and hot sauce. It truly is only $6!!! Really good cheap eats in NY! Glad I tried it.
  • Greg W.heart icon on user image
    Greg WilcoxSeptember 17, 2013
    INCREDIBLE chicken over rice for $6! Do yourself a favor, go here & beware impostors! (though note that these guys have several carts, the sign at 53rd and 6th will tell you which ones are authentic).
  • Scott R.
    Scott RienbeckNovember 22, 2013
    Best Halal food you can get. I didn't even know what it was but it's delicious. Their red sauce is no joke if you can handle it spicy. A must hit food cart in NYC.
  • Rashaniaheart icon on user image
    RashaniaAugust 1, 2017
    It's good if you have a late night craving .. otherwise NY have tons of good restaurants that you can set and enjoy a meal.
  • Jeffrey K.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey KaoDecember 18, 2014
    If you are here because you are drunk, and your friends tell you to take a shot of the hot sauce for five bucks, YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY DO IT.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    The perpetual lines outside the carts might look intimidating, but the experienced pros at the flat top keep it moving quickly so you won't spend your entire lunch break in the queue. Read more
  • Justin O.heart icon on user image
    Justin OrdovezaNovember 9, 2014
    Great halal truck. The creamy sauce and spicy sauce are great. Be prepared to wait and be prepared with your order.
  • Jess N.heart icon on user image
    Jess NaldoOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you know any better, you'll know the carts are all the same & if you're at the original with the Godforsaken longest line you're either: 1) A sucker 2) A tourist. Go across the street or on 52nd ✌️
  • Elias G.heart icon on user image
    Elias GerstmayrNovember 10, 2017
    Amazing food, worth queuing and eating at the street along with tourists and bankers, just loved it.
  • Jouni P.
    Jouni PärssinenAugust 20, 2014
    Try the mixed plate and don't be intimidated by the long line, these guys work fast. Watch out for the sauce in the bright red bottle. That stuff will kill you.
  • R T.heart icon on user image
    R TDecember 20, 2018
    Over rated-Prices are going up& not worth it anymore with less quantity. Chicken over rice is good with W&R sauce. shah halal food make the best halal food ( they are main in queens area)
  • Kenneth R.heart icon on user image
    Kenneth ReyesAugust 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pile on the white sauce which is basically liquid crack and careful with the hot sauce but it's fantastic if you like it hot. Try some first then add more in!
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