Street Meat Palooza 4 Nominations Are Now Open

Street Meat Palooza

You didn’t think we forgot about Street Meat Palooza, did you?  Now that the dust has finally settled on Midtown Lunch’s 5th Anniversary, it’s time to crown Midtown’s best street meat.  Every year we bring together a hand picked group of lunchers to taste 15 different plates of street meat, and crown a winner.  Three years ago the Famous Halal Guys won the inaugural palooza, but the next two years belonged to Kwik Meal and Kwik Gourmet.  All three have been retired from competition, and this year 15 new carts will vie for the chance to be crowned the winner of Street Meat Palooza 4!

Just like previous years, Street Meat Palooza will not be open to the public. It is an invite only, blind tasting of 15 different plates of street meat.  But there is a way for you to win a coveted slot at the “judges” table.

Want a chance to attend?  All you have to do is nominate your favorite street meat cart in the comments and you’re registered to score a slot at Street Meat Palooza 4.  But there are a few rules so please read them closely:

1. Street meat = chicken and lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce.  Not jerk chicken.  Not biriyani.  Not schnitzel.  Not tikka masala.  It doesn’t have to necessarily be “halal” but it does have to be chicken and/or lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce.  It’s also worth noting, the carts won’t know they’re competing. The plates of street meat will be ordered on a regular day during lunchtime, each by a different Midtown Luncher.

2. Participating in previous years doesn’t exclude a cart or truck from being nominated for SMP 3, but winning does.  So Kwik Meal (on 45th and 6th), Kwik Gourmet (on 47th & Park), and the Famous Halal Guys cart (on the SE Corner of 53rd and 6th) will be ineligible to compete this year.  But their other carts are eligible… so the Famous Halal Guys cart on 52nd and 6th is still eligible.

3. Limit one comment per person, but feel free to nominate as many vendors as you wish in that one comment.  The more votes a cart gets, the more likely it will be chosen to participate.  Carts must be located within the Midtown Lunch’ing boundaries… that’s 8th Ave. to the West, 3rd Ave. to the East, Central Park to the North, and 32nd to the South.

4.  If you are chosen to attend the event, you may be asked to bring the food from the cart that you nominated.  (We’ll pay you back, of course!)

5.  Nominations will close on Wednesday (9/14) at 6pm EST and the invites will be sent out a few days later.  The judging will take place sometime in September, from noon to 1:30pm at a central location in Midtown that will only be revealed to the participants.

Good luck!

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Street Meat Palooza 3: Crowning The Best Chicken And Lamb Over Rice Cart in Midtown


  • FU guys for all the crap it’s gotten over the last 2 years, but I’m NOM NOM-ing Mr. Kahn’s best again.

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    the halal guys on 52nd and 6th! they’re the only ones i frequent and i can never get tired of their lamb over rice.

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    Is Mr. Khan’s the one on the SE corner of 45th & 6th? Because if so then I’m nominating it as well! I love that place! Also, I’d nominate XPL again seeing as they haven’t won yet.

    That’s it for now and I hope I get chosen!

  • uncle gussy’s on 51st and park, they’ve been killing it since they got the new truck

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    Chef Samir Truck on 36th and Broadway feeds me on a near-daily basis and I would have it no other way.

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    My favorite Kebab Express guys at SE corner of 55th and 6th. Make sure you get the brown basmati rice and the green sauce (in addition to white and hot). Not sure if kebabs are allowed, otherwise their regular chicken is pretty good too.

  • My pal over at 53rd and 3rd was always my go to when I worked over there. I think he made it into the meatapalooza one year but don’t think did well. This might be year to shine. He also might try to turn tricks.

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    Chef Sami and the Comme Ci Comme Ca truck get my vote.

  • As it looks like Little Morocco is no more, I’ll have to second Kebab Express. Omar FTW!

  • I’m voting via the smell test: Famous Halal Guys 52nd & 6th.

  • Although I haven’t gone recently because of the lines, Uncle Gussy’s at 51st and Park has been my go-to for a long time.

  • Halal Guys at 53rd and 7th is my go-to cart when 52nd and 6th has a ridiculous line, but I don’t think both should be in the same competition.

    Let’s nominte the “impostor cart” at 53rd and 6th, SW corner, too!

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    famous guys on 52nd and 6th. not only is it awesome, but noone realizes its the same guys, so there’s no line.

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    uncle gussy and famous halal guys on 52nd and 6th are my nominations. No other C+L+R even compares.

  • I know this is lame but Famous Halal Guys on 52nd & 6th. I’m yet to have an issue from any of the three locations and IMO, no one is better. But I’m willing to try 14 others in one sitting to see if I’m proven wrong!!

  • Uncle gussy’s, Imposter cart-SW corner of 53rd and 6th, and the Halal truck at the NE corner of 52nd and Park.

  • Nommed them last year. Will nom them this year as well. LONG LIVE UNCLE GUSSY’S!

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    Korilla BBQ on 55 & Lex

    • I have had Korilla too, but the beef ribs shosun bowl…so proabably the chicken over rice would qualify for this’s their chicken??

    • um, as much of a fan that i am of Korilla…

      “1. Street meat = chicken and lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce. Not jerk chicken. Not biriyani. Not schnitzel. Not tikka masala. It doesn’t have to necessarily be “halal” but it does have to be chicken and/or lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce.”

  • ChefSamir truck serves the best Chicken or Lamb Marguez over rice ever…Morocon spices, caramelized onions and chickpeas make this an extra special meat over rice conconction..I’ve had the halal guys on 53 and Uncle gussy’s too..My second favourite is tony the dragon on 62 and madison..His grilled greek chicken over rice is probably one of the best, “pure” and home made recipe out there…

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    Uncle Gussy’s gets my vote

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