Greek chicken master Tony the Dragon has taken a younger street vendor under his wing, so to speak. The king of the East Side lunch hawkers has passed along decades of souvlaki wisdom to friend and countryman Carnegie John, who paid close attention and (as you must have guessed) practiced, practiced, practiced.
The protégé now slings superb chicken pita sandwiches from a cart at Seventh Avenue and 56th Street, reports Spoony Bard. The meat is juicy, smoky, and deftly seasoned, with a strong herbal note. Optional add-ons include tzatziki, hot sauce, vegetables, and lettuce and tomato.
John’s menu—which also includes rib-eye, shish kebab, and burgers—is nearly identical to his mentor’s at Madison and 62nd, and even his cart is of the same model. “Tony’s been at it for 25 years,” Spoony Bard writes. “John’s a newcomer at 6 years, but is nearly as good as the old pro.” Look for him on weekdays till around 4.
Carnegie John’s grilled chicken cart [Carnegie Hall]
Northeast corner of W. 56th Street at 7th Avenue, Manhattan
Tony “The Dragon” Dragonas’s grilled chicken cart [Upper East Side]
Southwest corner of E. 62nd Street at Madison Avenue, Manhattan
Board Links: Tony Dragonas’ pupil- Carnegie John