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.

3 Comments to “53rd and 6th (SE Corner)”

  • JMC May 8, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Looks good man! I got hungry reading this.

  • Jonathan Wegener June 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    During the day the 'real' guys are on the SE corner. At night (after 7:30pm i think), they move to the SW corner. I think a lot of tourists get duped into buying from the fake stand. It's a shame.

  • StreetMeatSteve June 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    I think the only noticeable difference is in the white sauce (the real guys is MUCH better). Personally, unless the famous cart's line was REALLY short, I wouldn't wait on it. You should check out 28th and Madison (http://www.streetmeatsteve.com/?p=4) — I'd say it ranks in my Top 3 Chicken and Rice carts.

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