My BF and I are temporarily living in Philadelphia and decided to take advantage of the $1 bus to NYC to go on a self-guided food tour over Memorial Day weekend. A long time lurker of the boards, I researched for quite some time before even booking the trip. Armed with a laundry list of suggestions from all of you fine folk, we hit the streets from dinner on Friday to lunch on Monday. I blogged about it in full with pictures for anyone who is interested in longer reviews and I'll summarize here by day for the sake of time and space. :) Hope that's okay!
Friday - Street Food and Pizza
Map in hand, we hunted down the Halal cart on 53rd and 6th. The food cart was easy to find, mostly because of the massive line. There are thousands of food carts in the city and this was the only one I saw with a line. I knew I was in the right place because everyone here was very specific in your description of a plain cart with round containers and yellow bags. Thank you, all of you, who gave such perfect instructions! :)
We ordered the mix combo which came with spiced long grain yellowish-orange rice, chunks of chicken meat, gyro meat, warm pita bread and some sad looking squares of iceberg lettuce. I’m sure the lettuce was there to add a splash of color and nothing more. I’m not sure if anyone eats the lettuce with all that lamb, rice and chicken goodness in the container. The lamb was the winner–-it was amazing. It was perfectly cooked, cut and seasoned with a mixture of Middle Eastern spices. The food itself was served hot and the sauces that went with it were at standing temperature. My favorite! I hate it when cold sauces make hot food cold. The white sauce tasted a bit like a mix between Donair sauce and Ranch dressing. It was perfect with the lamb but especially with the chicken which needed a little punch of flavor. The red sauce was most likely spit from Satan himself. It was hotter than hell! I put a tiny drop on my tongue and it instantly burst into flames. The white sauce was very cooling and enjoyable so we mixed that into the plate and chowed down. Delicious AND cheap. You can't ask for much more than that.
After checking out the sights in Times Square and around Rockefeller Plaza, we grabbed a slice of pizza from a shop called Delizia on 92nd and 2nd on the Upper East Side close to our hotel. We shared a slice of white pizza with ricotta, mozzarella, pecorino Romano and basil and a square Sicilian slice of what they called “grandma’s pizza”. Grandma makes her square pizza with a generous helping of chunky marinara on top of a plain cheese base. Of the two, the white pizza was the best. It was great but I don't know that it would be worth a special trip--it just happened to be close to where we needed to be.