Yogi BBQ Cart’s Gyro Brings Korean & Greek Together
Way back in 2012, Anna reviewed the Yogi BBQ Cart, then a newcomer offering Korean fusion in Midtown East. Anna was pleased by the cart’s tacos, but was intrigued by the Korean gyro she saw on the menu. So when I saw the Yogi Cart on the corner of 3rd Ave. and 49th, I jumped at the opportunity to try some Korean-Greek fusion.
From a choice of chicken, spicy pork, and beef bulgogi, I chose the beef, which Anna had rated her favorite of the three. To complete my gyro, I added kimchi, pico de gallo, and ginger white sauce.
I was glad I chose the beef bulgogi. It had great flavor and was tender while still having a good amount of chewiness. And they don’t go light on the beef, either. There was so much of it, in fact, I kind of wanted more kimchi to balance it out. The kimchi was great as well. It added just enough spice to the gyro and lent a good crunch to each bite. The pico was nice as well, with large chunks of tomato than is usual and some small bits of jalapeno that added even more heat.
What made the gyro for me, though, was the ginger white sauce. Playing the role of tzatziki or the ubiquitous white sauce found at all street meat carts, it was the component that really made the sandwich come across as a gyro (besides the pita, of course). The ginger flavor also paired really well with the beef and kimchi.
My bulgogi gyro was delicious, but it had one serious drawback. It was one of the messiest sandwiches I’ve ever eaten. The ginger white sauce was everywhere when I unwrapped it, making it impossible to not make a mess of your hand and face. Just look at all the sauce that was left over in the Korean BBQ crimes scene photo below.
The gyros at Yogi BBQ Cart aren’t the biggest you’ll encounter in Midtown, but at just $5.50 for beef or pork and only $4.50 for chicken, hungry Lunchers can add a taco to their order and still have money left over for a drink.
In addition to tacos and gyros, the Yogi BBQ Cart also offers rice plates. The cart is parked at 3rd and 49th on Tuesdays and Fridays, and is a welcome alternative to the long lines you have to wait on for the likes of Korilla BBQ.
Yogi BBQ Cart, SW corner of 3rd Ave. & 49th St.