Downtown Lunch: Country Kebab

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.)

Downtown Lunch: Country Kebab

Country Kebab is doing what many men do in a cart, but with seats and gelato! I’ve had this spot on my foodar for awhile now so I was excited to see what kind of Turkish food they were throwing down. Initially I was a bit put off by the fact that they were carrying gelato and ice cream, as I barely eat that stuff as it is, and if I do I don’t want to mix it with greasy chicken doner… ya dig?

Downtown Lunch: Country Kebab

Country Kebab has the same kind of meat you might find on a cart in midtown but since it’s in a brick and mortar shop, they’re going to charge more.  You can get a sandwich for $6.50, or a platter for $9.50- which they tout as being “double the size” of the sandwich.  Naturally I went with the platter, which comes with 2 sides and rice, or 3 sides.   a I went with the beef and lamb doner platter come with baba ghanoush, hummus, and some cabbage/carrot combo (rice is generally boring to me). I also asked to sample the lentils, which were awesome (should have gotten that as one of my choices in retrospect).

Downtown Lunch: Country Kebab

First thing I will say is they weren’t lying about the platter.  The portion they give you is quite substantial, and I wasn’t on the run to a photo shoot for Eater right after that, I probably would have brought a decent portion home. Instead, though, I inhaled as much as possible and despite my best efforts couldn’t finish the whole thing. The beef/lamb shavings were tasty but a bit on the dry side and not greasy at all (apparently this place claims to be borderline healthy?) The white sauce made up for it though (consisting of yogurt/dill/mint/cucumber). It was the catalyst that made the meal work, tasting great spread on a bit of the pita with a few chunks of the meat. The baba and hummus were both a bit under seasoned (could have used a bit more salt and garlic) but they were still worthy.

Downtown Lunch: Country Kebab

Although thoroughly stuffed, the pistachio baklava called out to me as I was leaving ($1 each or 3 for $2.50). It was not flaky and a bit soggy on the bottom- but it was soggy with sweet syrupy goodness and filled witch pistachio nuggets. I’d say that’s a decent deal for a buck and I would have to get it again if I was walking by.

The Country Kebab, 76 Fulton Street (on the Corner of Gold), 212-349-4290

Photos and post by Daniel Krieger



  • Mmmmmmmm yummy…. I am heading to this place on Monday for sure. That’s 3weeks in a row. Hehehe.

  • I love Daniels pictures. He makes “green goo” look beautiful.

  • Is the “green goo” the lentils? It looks stringy and shredded, not like lentils at all.

  • The meat looks dry and the two sides look like what came out of me last time I drank too much, and Yvo dont you ever get tired of riding Daniel’s coatails I know no ideas orginal but you take it to a whole new level.

  • The green goo is probably babaganouj.

    This place needs to open up a midtown branch (with the same prices…)

  • I think D is trying to insult me but failing miserably… lol.

  • That lamb looks very dry. I’d skip this place Yvo and get a sandwich at that place daniel reviewed last week. Now that looked good!

  • Ladies,Ladies…you all know bit of white sauce makes the medicine go down.

    En’tendre meant.

  • why would you even think of going there with alfanoose down the street?

  • @anon – that’s my bad… Daniel said he was going to hit up Alfanoose next, but it got edited out by accident.

  • Mamacita – I want kebabs, f* the doner, ‘scuse my French. It’s a kebab place! lol.

    Anonymous – does Alfanoose have good kebabs? I always hear it’s got excellent falafel but nothing else.

    D – I totally misread your comment earlier! the spelling mistakes and missing punctuation threw me, I didn’t realize it was a question. Umm, last I checked, this website is dedicated to helping people find good food to eat in Midtown/Downtown, right? So me going to the places suggested by the site is riding his coattails? Also, please get your facts straight, I’ve been blogging about what I eat since 2005, before I even knew who Daniel was. kthx have a great weekend! :)

  • Yes it’s a site where you can find stuff to eat not a site where you get your next idea for your shitty blog. How’s the spelling on this Go F U CK yourself.

  • sorry to anyone who had to read the above I’m having a bad day and Yvo’s double response with that condesending tone just pisted me off.

  • D.

    Do a blog of your own.

    And Grow some testicals.


  • Rudy I thought I told you to go suck a bag of dicks.

  • Everyone chill out!

    go grab a beer or food or something. jeeze

  • I’ve also gone to spots that Yvo has discovered as well..and I think it’s great she checks out places we feature here on the website..which is kinda like the point I would hope :)

    in the photo – lower left is hummus, lower right is the baba

    here’s a photo of what the lentils looked like:

  • A Nice Rjioca ’97 classico,Mama.

    Watching mythbusters………….hmmm Kari.

    Kids are having a ‘proper’ kebab the present mrs and i are sharing a tandoori mixed grill.

    I did ask for Geoduck Phall…… they could do was horses willy, i said no.

  • Ooo love Mythbusters. They have to blow something up in every episode! It could be an episode about kittens, but goddammit! Something will be blown up!

    Oh yeah, Kari is hot. I totally love her hair.

  • Ohnoez, someone on the internets said I had a shitty blog! *cries* Let me go shut down my site now… bwahahahaha.

    Getting back to the food… so, what’s the 2nd photo above of – the green goo that everyone was talking about?

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