Although I live in Indiana, I have a long history of seeking Döner Kebab sandwiches anywhere in the USA, such as I had when in Berlin and other German cities. I have never found one, but I have heard from people who seem to know what they're talking about that two places in the USA exist--one is in Leesburg, VA; the other in College Station, PA.
Before I go to metropolitan areas for visits, I ask about on Chowhound, so the query is this for my mid-August visit to NYC: is there anything like this to be found in Manhattan these days, or nearby, like Brooklyn?
While I don't want to be prickly, let me say in advance that anyone prepared to propose that a gyro or shawarma sandwich ought to be "close enough" shouldn't bother replying, because the German style is distinctive in several ways that matter a lot. (And I can get gyros anywhere.) Generally, only Americans who've been in Germany for military or other reasons know the real deal.
The German döner sandwiches use a "pide" bread, which is more leavened than the flat and often dry pita breads one sees here. The fillings include lamb and/or beef, cabbage, onion, lettuce, and usually a white garlic sauce (bearing no resemblance to tsatziki),and I generally asked in Germany for the "scharfe Soße"--a red hot sauce rather like harissa). This is a food I've not tasted for almost 20 years, because it just cannot seem to catch on in the USA. Can I find my Proustian moment in NYC?
I can link to a picture: