43rd and 6th Ave

Author Steve    Category Midtown     Tags

43rd and 6th Ave

Location: 43th and 6th Ave
Price: $5
Container: Rectangle (Styrofoam)

So I haven’t done a review in a while!  But I haven’t gone anywhere!  Today I went for a nice long walk.  I think the area I work at is running out of carts for me to review!  I guess I’ll just have to start taking longer walks.  Anyways, I ventured up to Bryant Park and grabbed some chicken and rice from a nice guy on 43rd and 6th Avenue.  I sat down at an empty table in the park and ate.  It was nice.

Overall the platter was pretty decent.  Standard chicken over rice (yellow or white, your choice), lettuce, tomato, peppers, onion, and peas — that’s all I think.  The plate itself was HUGE.  There was a LOT of food.  I wasn’t actually able to finish it all, which is a rare defeat for me.  The chicken was very good.  Really tender, flavorful, and plenty to go around.  It had an excellent chicken to rice ratio.  All the ingredients really mixed well together.  The only downside to the dish was the white sauce and hot sauce.  They was very little of both.  At first taste the white sauce was very good, with a nice ranchy flavor to it.  But there just wasn’t enough after the first few bites.  The hot sauce — well, I didn’t taste any.  At all.  But regardless, it was a good meal.

Good food, A LOT of food
White sauce was good, the little that was there
Either the hot sauce had zero flavor, or it wasn’t there even though I asked for it. Either way.

Rahman’s Kwik Meal: 45th and 3rd Ave

Author Steve    Category Midtown     Tags

Rahman's Chicken and Rice

Location: 45th and 3rd Ave
Price: $5.50
Container: Square (clear plastic)

I originally reviewed Rahman’s Kwik Meal on 47th and Park Ave a few months ago, and I LOVED IT.  I don’t like the idea of reviewing a chain twice, but I didn’t realize it was another Rahman’s until after I already ordered.  Oh well.  When the guy handed me my food without asking me if I wanted white sauce and hot sauce, I got a bit nervous.  But it didn’t matter.  The dish was just as good as the first Rahman’s I reviewed.

I will admit there were a couple of small differences.  For some reason, the food in this cart seemed a bit — for lack of a better word — stale.  It just didn’t seem as fresh as the other cart.  That’s not to say it was bad, or tasted wrong — I could just tell it wasn’t super fresh.  I eat lunch rather early (12pm) so if I went later it’s more than possibly the food would have tested fresher.  Additionally, the guy didn’t give me enough hot sauce — where the other cart was just a perfect amount.

Other than those issues, the dish was great.  Great chicken, great rice, and the white sauce is easily the best I’ve had.

chicken, rice, sauces are just as good as the first Rahman’s cart I reviewed!
food could have been fresher

XPL: 48th & Broadway

Author Steve    Category Midtown     Tags

Chicken and RiceLocation: NW Corner of 48th & Broadway
Price: $5.00
Container: Rectangular (Styrofoam)

It’s kind of a stressful day at work today, so I needed some good lunch.  I didn’t want to go super far because it’d not lookin to nice outside, so I decided to go with XPL on 48th & Broadway as recommended (#6) in Street Meat Palooza 3.

Me: “Chicken over Rice, Please”
Guy: “Veggies?”
Me: “Sure”
Guy: “White Sauce & Hot Sauce?”
Me: “Yup”
Guy “Eggplant?”
Me: “Uhh… sure why not”
Guy “Green Sauce?”
Me: “Uhh… sure why not”

Too many questions!  But boy was I glad he asked them all.  Let me tell you… between all the different flavors in the dish — it was GOOD.  The dish consisted of chickpeas, regular peas, carrots, a nice eggplant mix, lettuce/tomato, pita bread, and a falafel!  Everything blended together perfectly to create a nice relaxing dish.  It was just so good.  The only two things that really stuck out in my mind were: 1) the rice was really flavorful.  excellent, and 2) hot sauce was not hot at all.  Didn’t seem like there was any in there.  I would have enjoyed the dish just a TAD bit more if it was spicer!

If you are near, you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not trying this cart.

Veggies + eggplant + chicken + rice + sauces
Hot sauce could be a tad bit spicer

Adham’s Halal Food: 35th and Broadway

Author Steve    Category Midtown     Tags

Chicken and RiceLocation: 35th and Broadway
Price: $5.00
Container: Rectangular (Styrofoam)

I love summer!  I read about this cart on Midtown Lunch’s Street Meat Palooza 2, and thought “it’s close enough, let me go try it!”  First, it was not as close as I thought for some reason.  Second, I decided to eat in Herald’s Square — and BOY WAS IT ENJOYABLE.  Anyway, on to the food.  After going back and looking at Midtown Lunch’s picture, I think that the cart they reviewed was different than what I reviewed, because the food definitely doesn’t look the same.  Either way, I really enjoyed this Chicken and Rice!

The chicken was broken up into nice small chunks which was served over orange rice.  The white sauce was mediocre and the hot sauce had a very nice flavor to it (not TOO spicy!).  Standard lettuce and tomato on the side.  Cooked into the chicken was some peppers, not sure what kind.  I have to say though that I really enjoyed the rice!  I think it was my favorite part of the dish.

Orange Rice was MMMMMMM!
Good portion size! I wasn’t stuffed but didn’t leave anything
White sauce was just OK.

46th and 3rd

Author Steve    Category Midtown     Tags

Location: 46th and 3rd Ave
Price: $5.00
Container: Rectangular (Styrofoam)

Beautiful weather today!  So lets go get some Chicken and Rice!!!  I ventured up third ave planning to go to some carts I’ve heard about closer to midtown, but I stumbled upon this cart and decided to try it instead.  At first I was a TAD concerned, because there were a couple of Mexicans running the cart.  Personally, I’ve never seen a non-middle-eastern person working at a Halal cart so I was a bit confused.

The cart was decent.  After eating so many different cart, it really seems that most carts have the same recipe for their chicken, rice, and sauces.  They all really blend together.  This is one of those.  Now don’t get me wrong, the food wasn’t bad, it just was very common.  It was your standard chicken and yellow rice with lettuce, and some chopped up veggies mixed in (tomatoes, broccoli, and peppers).  For some reason, the meal retained its’ heat for a VERY long time.  I’m not sure why, but it did.  The hot sauce was pretty spicy, which I think was exacerbated by the fact that the dish itself remained very hot.  Maybe I’m just losing my tolerance to spicy stuff?  Who knows…  The white sauce wasn’t anything special, just regular white sauce.

I wouldn’t avoid this cart, but I wouldn’t make it my #1 choice.  There are other carts that are better only a block or two away, so I’d try those!


53rd and 6th (SE Corner)

Author Steve    Category Midtown     Tags

Location: 53rd and 6th Ave
Price: $6
Container: Circle (Tin)

I’m rarely ever up in this area, and if I am, I don’t have the opportunity to get Chicken and Rice. The other night, however… I did have the opportunity! I walked up 6th and originally intended to get the famous guys cart and was surprised that the line actually wasn’t that long. But I decided to go across the street where it’s debatable if they are the same guys or not. I figured I’d find out.

You get a good amount of chicken, a good amount of rice, and a good amount of salad with some pita! The chicken is perfectly shredded and the ratio of Chicken to Rice can’t be beat. Overall, I would say that the food is extremely similar — if not exactly the same as the famous guys. However, the difference comes in the sauces (and their presentation). I forgot that my friend told me that they give you the white and hot sauce in containers (if you get it to go) as opposed to putting it directly on the food, and he usually asks them to do both! I was annoyed I forgot because he’s right. It makes a huge difference. The chicken was dry until I did the sauce myself. If it soaked in for the cab ride back, it would have been much better! The hot sauce was extremely spicy. I think that’s because I didn’t do a good job mixing everything together. The white sauce is very good, although a bit different than the famous guys. The famous guys white sauce is much creamier — tastes like 1/2 ranch, 1/2 mayo. This cart seems more like 3/4 ranch, 1/4 mayo. It’s not terribly different, but if you know your Chicken and Rice, you’ll notice the difference!

So are they the same cart? Probably not. Is it just as good as the famous guys? Well, it’s up to you. If you refuse to wait on that line, you’ll be just as happy. But if you really don’t care about waiting, wait.

everything relating to the chicken
sauces are good, but are given on the side if you get it to go.

NOT White & Hot: 28th and Madison

Author Steve    Category Murray Hill     Tags

Location: 28th and Madison
Price: $5
Container: Rectangular (Styrofoam)

It’s a beautiful day outside, so I go to Madison Square Park and relax for a bit.  On the way back, I’m thinking… hmm I should get some Chicken and Rice.  I really wanted White & Hot on 28th and Madison, so I make my way there.  When I approached, I didn’t see the signature yellow truck, but there was a Halal truck there so I figured it was just a different truck for the weekend.  When I approached it just seemed different, oh well.  I ordered.  The guy gave me a choice of rice (I got yellow) which was weird cause White & Hot normally doesn’t give a choice.  Then he asked if I wanted fries, and I KNEW it wasn’t the same guys.  I was disappointed — but at least it’s time for another review!

On to the food, overall it was just ok.  The chicken was smaller chunks, and there wasn’t enough.  The rice was pretty good, and the fries were the best I’ve had from a C&R cart (not soggy!).  The white sauce was average as well, but there wasn’t enough.  The hot sauce however, was HOT.  It was so hot that it really overpowered everything in the plate.  It had good flavor in the beginning but it just kept building up and became hotter and hotter.  Eventually I couldn’t even finish the dish because it was so hot.  So beware!

I’m not really sure what the deal is with this cart, because it’s in the exact location that White & Hot is.  I thought maybe it’s a different cart on the weekends — but I’m pretty sure I’ve had it on a weekend.  I don’t know.  I just hope the original White & Hot isn’t gone.  It’d be very disappointing to have one of the best C&R carts in the city replaced by another average cart!

good chicken, not enough
white sauce is pretty good, just not enough
hot sauce is way too hot!
not nearly as good as White & Hot. They’re tricking me!
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