Magdy’s Philly Cheese Steak Pretty Spectacular Hangover Cure

I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy some drinking games whilst watching presidential debates- which always makes for a rough time at work the next day! Thankfully I have found a pretty spectacular hangover cure: a Magdy’s Philly Cheese Steak. The cheese steak cart has been a favorite of the blog since 2007, and has perplexed us with interesting menu items like Chicken Scampi and a Cheesesteak over rice.

And besides serving up a wonderful recovery delight the day after painting the town red, I’d like to note that the cart is a Midtown classic: Magdy’s has been around for 15 years. Judging by the always long but fast moving line, it’s still going strong! I took this opportunity to remind Midtown Lunchers since we haven’t touched upon it in nearly a year, and I wanted to make sure our new readers know the score.

The first time I went to Magdy’s, my hangover and I were greeted delightfully by the owner’s wife, who collects orders and money in the line to ensure everyone’s wait is as fast as possible. It was a great touch that she knew some customers by name, and I overheard her ask one woman how her baby was doing. So you know Magdy’s enjoys a consistent following of regulars. The cart operates like is a well-oiled machine, with three folks in the food/bagging area (one of whom is the owner) who are completely separated from the money exchange.

On to the food! I really think the Philly Cheese steak sandwich is amazing. I’ve only been to Philly once, so I claim no expertise on what one should taste like, but I can describe the deliciousness to the best of my ability. The $6.50 double meat sandwich is a big-old sucker. The roll is very soft and soaks up juices from the thinly sliced “steak”. It seemed there were “slices” of a block of velveeta they slapped on, and it melted on perfectly. The peppers and onions are cooked until soft and tender. I had them add a little hot sauce but asked for no lettuce and tomato. Boy did I feel awesome after I ate that!

A friend tried the same another day (without the hot sauce) and agreed her sandwich was pretty kick ass! (Note this is a picture of the regular sized sandwich for $4.50, while the picture with the paragraph above is the double.)

On another, less fuzzy day, I tried the lamb platter with rice. I was impressed by the sizeable portion for only $6.50. The lamb is great along with mushrooms and peppers, which like on the sandwich were nice and soft. I asked for white sauce, but it sank down into the plate and I had trouble distinguishing its flavor.

I really enjoyed the flavor and texture of the orange rice. And, I love that you can get pickled jalapenos on the side to add some heat.

Both of these meals were cheap, filling, and tasty. And that’s exactly what we Lunchers are after. How do Magdy’s compare to Phil’s Steaks or the new Carl’s truck Brian reported on recently? If commenters would like to have a debate on what constitutes a real Philly Cheese Steak, proceed!

Magdy’s Cheesesteak Cart, 46th & Park, call ahead at 718-755-2630


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