3rd Ave. Halal Cart is the Kim’s Aunt Kitchen Cart of Midtown East
I asked last week if any one had ever tried the the fairly nondescript 41st St & 3rd Ave Halal cart, specifically their fish. Since discussing A Salt & Battery and Chip Shop’s fried specialties were deemed more important (this I can understand, both are filled with fried goodness) I took it upon myself to go back yesterday to try out the $6 Fried Fish. What I discovered was the Midtown East equivalent of Kim’s Aunt’s fish sandwiches. Check it out after the jump.
Instead of the flounder or whiting at Kim’s Aunt, this cart is offering up fresh tilapia only. And it doesn’t come between two slices of bread like a neat little sandwich. You can get this baby in a pita or with rice, just like any other meat. I chose to eschew rice and go with the pita wrap. I am a little faint at heart when it comes to fish from a cart, so I made sure to watch the production. Each piece of fish comes from its own vacuum-sealed bag, and is breaded on site before being placed into the deep fryer. And when it comes out about a minute later, it’s crisp to fine fried deliciousness.
The breading has some faint spices supplementing the tasty fish, and it’s a good size hunk of fish you get. My pita wouldn’t fully close, not that I minded losing a few pieces of my fish. This is definitely an answer for the few workers who want a fresh fried fish lunch, but can’t make it over to the Grand Central Oyster Bar. Interestingly enough, this is also one of the rare carts that offers BBQ sauce-no word yet on the BBQ fish pita though. I’ll be having that next week.
Halal Cart, Northeast corner of 41st Street & 3rd Avenue