More Cart Shenanigans: Beware of the Yellow Sweaters


Fresh off taking photos of that mediocre Mexican cart posing as a Vendy Award nominee, I ran into these guys again on the SW corner of 53rd and 6th Ave… who have now started wearing yellow sweaters to further confuse people into thinking they are the famous 53rd St. and 6th Ave. halal cart.  As you know (or maybe you don’t know), at night this corner of Midtown is occupied by one of the most popular street meat carts in the city. The line stretches down the street from the time they set up (around 7 p.m.) to the time they leave (sometime after 3 a.m.) But during the day, there is a different cart there serving different food- but that doesn’t stop them from claiming to be the same cart that is there a night. They still don’t have yellow bags though, which is the true way you know you’re getting the real thing.  If they ever switch to yellow bags, there might be a war.

A photo of the actual famous halal cart guys is after the jump…  


If you want the famous nighttime food (that won our Street Meat Palooza contest) for lunch, you have to go to the SE corner of 53rd and 6th, or the SW corner of 53rd and 7th.  Look for the real yellow bags and real yellow sweaters.


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  • ALSO,

    If you’re craving C&R for lunch, they keep a cart on the SE corner of 53rd and 6th! Moreover, the platter does down from $6 to $5 till 4 PM!!!

    Viva C&R

  • Hey eet, uh, Zach said that.

  • They’ve been wearing those yellow shirts for a while now. but they can’t outsmart me!

  • I Blame Obama.

  • hey you gotta spread the [yellow shirts] around! joe the famous halal cart guy!

  • Which daytime ‘official’ cart is better: the SE corner of 53rd and 6th, or the SW corner of 53rd and 7th? I’m gearing up for a quality streetmeat lunch. Do they both have the same killer hot sauce? Thx.

  • @stevenp – from what I can gather, they are exactly the same.

  • I’ll have to get a combo from each then! BIG lunch!!!!

  • “who have now started wearning yellow sweaters to further confuse people”

    Perhaps it should be ‘wearing’?

    BTW, love the blog. =)

  • casedelun: Amen! Zach rules! I live for this blog, even when I’m not hungry. That says a lot.

  • Casadelun,Stevenp…you can stop now…Barack won.

    Air “mhwaaass” must stop

  • yeah – i got confused for a sec when I went for my c&r fix, but then I realized it wasn’t the real deal… this is pretty dirty of them to do

  • the REAL halal guys RULE the UNIVERSE.
    Karma will bite these poseurs in the behind…trust me…..
    in other news it must be a VERY sloooow newsday at CBS2

  • The cart guy during the day has tomatos in the salad..

    The one in the evening doesnt….

    If they are exactly the same what is the the reason for this difference???

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