Ask Midtown Lunch: Best Chicken and Rice Cart
“What’s the best Chicken and Rice Cart in Midtown for lunch? I’ve heard a lot about a famous one on 53rd & 6th. What’s the deal with that place?” – Jason, 32
Ah yes… the infamous chicken and rice question. Technically, the “famous” chicken & rice cart on 53rd & 6th is not a Midtown Lunch, because they don’t open until 7:30pm. (Bummer!) If you base it on the line alone, than it wins hands down, and it was also nominated for a Vendy Award. If you’ve ever driven down 53rd st. late at night, than you’ve noticed the lines at this cart. It’s impossible to miss, and it’s usually there until 4am serving up a combo of chicken, lamb, rice, white sauce and hot sauce. Every time I have to work late, I’ll usually head over there to check it out- but the lines have always been too long to wait.
During the day, there is cart on that corner- and there always seems to be a long line. I’ve always wondered if people *think* that’s the famous chicken and rice cart (it’s not, by the way.)
My favorite chicken and rice in Midtown, PLUS a trick to eating at the late night, famous chicken and rice cart- after the jump…
I figured out the trick to eating at the late night 53rd St. & 6th Ave. chicken and rice cart. Go when it’s raining! I headed out there on Tuesday night, and there were only about 5 people in line. Interestingly enough, I thought the chicken was pretty bland when you eat it by itself, but once you put the white sauce over it- it’s pretty tasty. They give you a ton of food for $5, and if you like spicy, the red sauce is about as spicy a sauce as I’ve ever had. Mixing it all together is best for optimum taste… and the bread is really fluffy and good too. It may not be worth waiting in line for good, but good nonetheless.
My favorite chicken and rice in Midtown for lunch is on 43rd & 6th Ave. It’s a different style than the one on 53rd St., but it’s got a great mix of spices.
Post your favorite chicken and rice in the comments below. And as always, if you have a question, and are looking for answers- email me at email@example.com