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Street Meat Palooza 6: Our Annual Chicken & Lamb Over Rice Battle Royale Crowns an Unlikely Winner

Last month, 30+ brave Midtown Lunch’ers gathered in Bryant Park with 32 plates of chicken and lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce from 16 different carts and food trucks nominated by the readers of this site. The goal? Crown the street meat champion of Midtown. Last year Uncle Gussy’s old school Greek truck took home the top honors, following in the footsteps of The Famous Halal Guys (on 53rd & 6th), Kwik meal, Kwik Gourmet, and Comme Ci Comme Ca.  Previous champs were retired so that a new platter of street meat could be immortalized.

After intense weeks of calculation, here are the results…

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So… This Happened in Bryant Park Today at Noon

Which is why we took the rest of today off.  Have a good weekend… and see you at the Vendys tomorrow!

Oh, and the results for Street Meat Palooza 6 should be up in a week or two.  Thanks to everyone who nominated a cart, and participated.

Last Chance To Get Into Street Meat Palooza 6: Just a friendly reminder... today is your last chance to nominate the best plate of chicken and lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce for Street Meat Palooza 6. The event is closed to the public, so the only way to get in is to win a slot by nominating your own favorite street meat in the comments of this post.  You have until 6pm today.

Nominations for Street Meat Palooza 6 Are Now Open

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The time has come again to crown a new sultan of Midtown’s street meat! Yes, an exclusive group of lucky Midtown lunchers will come together in an undisclosed Midtown location to taste 15 different plates of street meat and crown the winner. The past five years have seen the Famous Halal Guys, Kwik Meal, Kwik Gourmet, Comme Ci Comme Ca, and Uncle Gussy’s each take home the glory (and retiring from this competition), but that means we need your votes for this year’s 15 finalists!

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 6. But there are a few rules so please read them closely:

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Street Meat Palooza 5: Old School Greek Wins the Day

Two weeks ago, a troop of brave Midtown souls gathered in Bryant Park for our annual Street Meat Palooza! They sampled chicken and lamb over rice from 17 different carts and trucks, all to crown the winner of them all. For those of you playing along at home, the 2008 crown went to Famous Halal Guys’ daytime cart (SE corner of 53rd+6th), followed by Kwik Meal (SW corner of 45th+6th) and Kwik Gourmet a year later. Since Comme Ci, Comme Ca won last year, they were out. Who would be our new winner?!!

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I’ve been crunching the numbers for days in ways that make my inner-economist proud, and it’s time to reveal the results.

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At Lunch Now: Another Palooza is in the Books

So, this just happened.  Thanks to everyone who nominated their favorite vendors!  Results will be posted in the next week or two…

Nominations For Street Meat Palooza 5 Are Now Open

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Last Year’s Winner

It’s that time of year again!  The time when a hand picked group of lunchers gather together in an undisclosed Midtown location to taste 15 different plates of street meat, and crown a winner.  Four years ago the Famous Halal Guys won the inaugural palooza, but the next two years belonged to Kwik Meal and Kwik Gourmet.  Last year, Comme Ci Comme Ca came out of nowhere to claim the crown with their unique blend of chicken over rice with white sauce and hot sauce.  All four 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 5!

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 5. But there are a few rules so please read them closely:

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Street Meat Palooza 4: A New Champion Has Been Crowned

Two weeks ago today, 30+ brave Midtown Lunch’ers gathered in Bryant Park with 34 plates of chicken and lamb over rice with white sauce and hot sauce from 17 different carts and food trucks. The goal? Crown the street meat champion of Midtown.  In 2008, The Famous Halal Guys’ daytime cart (parked on the SE Corner of 53rd and 6th) took home the inaugural Street Meat Palooza crown- silencing critics who have called the ultra popular cart bland and overrated. A year later, the equally popular Kwik Meal cart (on 45th and 6th) had its revenge at Street Meat Palooza 2. And last year Kwik Gourmet showed that they will play second fiddle to nobody. This year, all three champs were retired in order to give somebody else a chance to shine.

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Algorithms were developed, votes were counted, numbers have been crunched and now it’s time to reveal the results…

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At Lunch Now: Another Palooza Is In the Books

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Mother nature must love street meat. Once again the rain threatened… and once again, chicken and lamb over rice with hot sauce and white sauce prevailed. A couple of hours ago 25 Midtown Lunchers converged on Bryant Park to rank street meat from 15 different carts (as nominated by you.) The votes are in, and now the difficult part begins. Digestion. Oh… and the tallying. The tallying too. Stay tuned, the results will be announced in the next week or two.

Last Chance to Win a Spot at Street Meat Palooza 4

Street Meat PaloozaJust a friendly reminder for those of you interested in being a part of Street Meat Palooza (our annual battle to determine the best plate of chicken and lamb over rice). The event is closed to the public, and the only way to score an invite is to nominate your favorite plate of street in Midtown.  The nominations close tonight at 6pm, and the winners will be chosen before the end of the week.  And remember, you can’t bitch about the finalists if you don’t bother nominating your favorite.