Famous Chicken Place Has a Damn Good Gyro Sandwich
After posting about the mediocre gyro at Gyro II, I complained that I couldn’t find a decent Greek version of the gyro sandwich in Midtown (my nit picky distinction between a “Greek” gyro, and what you get at street meat carts is in the original post). As always, the commenting faithful had some good suggestions, and while most of them were out of bounds (that’s where all the good stuff is), there were a few places I vowed to check out. Seeing as how I am already a big fan of the Famous Chicken Place on 3rd Ave. btw. 38+39th, I figured I’d start there.
Now that’s what I like to see! Notice the clearly visable line where they cut the meat off the spit? That means they left it on long enough for it to get crispy and brown on the outside. You’ll almost never see that at a street meat cart! No need for extra sauteeing (what a crime), just throw the sliced meat into a warm piece of pita, top it with lettuce, tomato, onion and tzatziki sauce, (what they refer to as “everything”) and you’re golden.
Perfection. Sure it could have been larger for $5.95, but considering this is the first good gyro I’ve had since starting Midtown Lunch, please don’t mistake that for complaining. The only tough part? Not ordering a plate of their amazing smelling grilled chicken… if only there was some sort of chicken & gyro platter/combo. Now that would be truly perfect.
Famous Chicken Place, 592 3rd Ave. (btw. 38th & 39th), 212-687-1800