Hey people whats up? Ok so in this post i wanted to share my experience with "The Halal Guys" food truck. If you're from New York, you know "Halal Food" is very common and can be found almost anywhere in New Jersey, The 5 Boroughs, & Long Island. But before i begin i wanted to give a brief overview of what "Halal Food" actually is because a lot of people seem to misinterpret it as "muslim food" or food muslims eat. To my understanding and from what i have been told and researched, "Halal Food" is not necessarily food, But food that is permissible. But yes it is common amongst muslims.
The Word "Halal" means permissible, and under islamic guidelines, if the food has been prepared properly it is deemed "permissible Food" or " "Halal" Food ". So in a nutshell, which ever animal the meat comes from, it needs to be done without suffering. The animal needs to be drained of all his/her blood and slaughtered with out suffering, The animal needs to be submissive before he or she can be slaughtered.
As defined by Wikipedia " Halal meat is meat that has been slaughtered according to Islamic law, as laid out in the Qu'ran. This particular type of slaughter is called dhabiha, it it requires that an animal's throat be slit swiftly with a sharp blade to ensure as little pain and suffering as possible. "
However, there are foods that are not Halal
- Birds of prey
- animals dead prior to slaughtering
- blood and blood products
- animals not slaughtered or drained properly
Ok so on to the good stuff!
I have tried many many food trucks in NYC, a lot of them halal. I get the usual lamb over rice, lamb gyro or beef kabab. Its all very good food for a night out if you're sober or not. However, at least that is what you thought until you tried " The Halal Guys". Ive heard so many people rant on and on about " The Halal Guys" for many years and i never took the time to actually stop by and try them in one of there many locations across NYC and queens... and soon to be southern California! Although i can't really try them there if they're not open yet and I'm not in SC...
Anyways, this one night i was out with my cousin, and we had been doing some photography. This was about 2 weeks ago ( April 10th 2015). We had stopped by Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg for some drinks and FREE Pizza.. However, regardless of how good those two little 8" pizza's were, we were still hungry!
We headed out to Manhattan, i believe the location was 37th & 6th or 37th & 7th Ave... i can't remember exactly, but when we got there it was about 1am and there were about a good 100+ people in the area... Many of them stuck to one car while two other carts were owned by the same guys, and served the exact same food... we jumped to the truck that had the shortest line. Even though we moved to another truck, the food was still be served quick!
Here's a brief overview of my experience:
Prices were perfect ( 7$ for Lamb over rice )
Enough food to feed two people, however my fat ass ate the whole thing because 1. i was hungry and 2. i had no one to share it with :(
Food was served quick and professionally
Food truck looked clean, so did the staff
Staff was friendly
Menu had slight variety, but not too much which i think is better.
I didn't like that the beverages were on a different cart because it caused confusion with myself and a lot of people, they would have to turn around and break up the line to go back and get a soda... but i guess thats what makes the food serving process faster
Considering its a food truck and its outdoors, there was still places to sit comfortably and eat as you watch people walk by or have pigeons in your face... literally
OVERALL THE FOOD WAS AMAZING, IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH THE EXTRA RIDE TO HUNT THE TRUCK DOWN, AND WAIT IN LINE.
The food tasted fresh and packed a lot of flavor!
In comparison the following week i was in NYC again for the NY AutoShow ( Click Here ) and later in the evening we were out near times square, and we stopped by a halal food truck. I ordered the usual Lamb Over rice... however this was pricier, which is understandable because its in times square.. it was 9$ BUT... it did not taste as good... it tasted very plain and not too much flavor. Halal Guys is def. worth a visit, i highly recommend.
BE SURE TO TAKE PEOPLE WITH YOU THAT HAVE BEEN WANTING TO TRY IT BECAUSE I HAVE RECEIVED DEATH THREATS FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR NOT TELLING THEM I WENT... 😟😟