Browsing all articles from May, 2010
May
26

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!

May
8

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.
May
1

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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