Downtown Lunch: Greek Street Meat Cart
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (ensuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.)
Call me a Midtown Lunch infidel, but I’ve never been a huge advocate of street meat. I’ve been burned too many times eating lunch at a cart, only to have my stomach sounding like a garbage truck rumbling down the West Side Highway a few hours later.
But I’m a Midtown Luncher now (well, a Downtown version of one anyway), and so with a heavy heart (all those burgers have an effect on the arteries) I set out to find my own local street meat peddler…and boy, did I ever find one.
At the intersection of Wall and Broad streets I found one of the better street-sourced snacks I’ve had in this town. It’s proprietors, a Greek man and woman (they might be married but I didn’t want to pry), have been running this pushcart operation for 31 years! Damn- that’s a long time to be standing selling food, if you think about it.
I bought a philly cheesesteak ($4.50) and I wanted to sample the chicken with rice and salad plate ($5). The cheesesteak, as you can see, is nicely marbled and actually looks like real meat. They overcooked it a bit as I realized a few minutes into the cooking that she never took it off the grill. They probably would rather be safe than sorry, but when I go back I’ll probably ask her to make it a bit rarer.
Overall though it was great.. the grinder roll had a nice texture to it, and the onions and cheese all blended together in that gooey-good-way a cheesesteak should. I ate half and then tasted a few bites of the chicken with rice platter. Definitely one of the better one’s I’ve had; the chicken was not overcooked and had a nice flavor to it. I packaged it up though after a few bites, and gave it to a homeless man on the subway (at least I think he was homeless.) But then I finished the other half of the sandwich because it was really damn good.
If you’re down in front of the stock exchange check this place out. There’s also a bunch of tables with chairs right there for people to sit and have lunch or watch the gawking tourists take photos. It was really a nice little lunch… well it was, until a man walking by just stopped, vomited on the sidewalk, and then kept walking like nothing had happened. You know…like he had spit out a piece of gum. True story.
Greek Street Meat Cart, Corner of Wall St. & Broad St.
Photos and post by http://www.danielkrieger.com