Magdy’s Philly Cheese Steak Cart
Park Ave. is quickly becoming the cart/truck capitol of Midtown. Between Jiannetto’s, Pranzo, The Steak Truck, three Indian Carts, and a number of chicken and rice carts with long lines, you pretty much have everything you could ever want (if only the 2nd Daisy May’s cart would return). Yesterday, on a recommendation from a Midtown Lunch’er, I headed to Park Ave. to partake in a steak & cheese from a cart.
Now, here is the big disclaimer. If you have ever been to Philadelphia, and had a philly cheesesteak, then you are aware of what a “real” cheesesteak is. If you have ever lived in New England, you have disputed the Philadelphia claim to having the best steak & cheese (after all, provolone is far superior cheez whiz, right?). Maybe you have even been to the Tony Luke’s (now Shorty’s) on 9th Ave., and feel like you have had a decent cheesesteak here in New York City. Steak & Cheese from a cart in Midtown is not going to live up to any of those standards. It costs $4. It’s from a cart. That being said, the steak & cheese I had yesterday from Magdy’s on Park & 46th was pretty damn tasty.
Continue reading after the jump…The sign on the Magdy’s cart reads “The Original Philly Cheese Steak” in big letters, “and A Variety of Hero Sandwiches” in smaller. But the grill tells a different story, where 75% is taken up by chicken, another popular item at the cart. The menu has a few choices, and a few different prices, but the lady who took my order, and collected my money admitted to me that it changes every day- and even she wasn’t sure exactly what is supposed to be charged. If you want chicken or a cheesesteak sub, it’s going to be $4, maybe $4.50. Make it a double, or mixed between the two, it’s going to be $5 or $6.
Quite a few people were ordering the chicken ahead of me, so I was forced to pull a late audible. I went with the mixed, so I could try both- but instead of letting them mix the chicken and steak together, I asked that he separate the meat on either half of the sub roll. The guy seemed a little confused at first, but he ended up doing it- and I have to say, it was pretty strong move. And only $5.
The chicken half was just ok. Chunks of good white meat chicken, covered in lettuce, tomato and an average white sauce (extra might have been helpful), and not a trace of a Middle Eastern spice (which may be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you like). I should have trusted the sign, because the real star was clearly the steak and cheese. Thinly sliced and covered in grilled onions and slices of American cheese, it was really tasty, making me wish I had just gone with a double steak & cheese.
Is this a heaping pile of quality steak? For $4, of course it isn’t. But there is something delicious that happens when you take thinly sliced deli meat style steak, top it with grilled onions and processed american cheese and put it in a roll. Charge only $4-6 for it, and you’ve got a winner.
THE + (What somebody who likes this cart would say)
- It’s pretty damn cheap
- It’s tastiness cannot be denied
- I love fake cheese on top of fake meat!!!
- I’m a fat man, who loves to eat meat off of carts.
THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this cart would say)
- The meat is really low grade
- Philly Cheese Steaks don’t have slices of kraft, they have cheeze whiz- and it’s the only way to eat them
- I prefer my cheese steaks with real cheese (like some nice provolone!)
Magdy’s Philly Cheese Steak Cart, NE Corner of 46th & Park