This is the third cart related to the original Halal Guys cart on 53rd and 6th, located on the south-west corner of 53rd Street and 7th Avenue, and begins serving food at lunch time.
'All the people of the world can be put into two categories: those who have had the platter, and those who have not.' For years masses of people have been flocking to the corner of 53rd & 6th (7:30PM - 4AM) to satisfy their hunger with simply the best meal in the City. Some people call it the 'Platter' while others know it as 'Chicken & Rice', the 'Chicken Guy' or the 'Gyro Spot.' Part of the secret to this delicious meal is in the white sauce. Nobody knows what it is, but everybody knows to ask for lots of it.
They have their own sweatshirts and bags. The sweatshirts are bright yellow with two concentric red circles in the middle with words between the circles that read: "The Best Halal. Delicious. 53rd and 6th. Chicken and Gyro." Across the circle is a bar that reads: "The Best in New York." The same design appears on their bags, which are also bright yellow.
In 2005, Chicken and Rice was one of four finalists for the "Vendy Award" presented by a New York City street vendor advocacy group known as the Street Vendor Project. In addition, the popularity of the cart has been further aided by high profile customers. Chef Christopher Lee, who was one of Food & Wine Magazine's best new chefs of 2006, mentioned in an interview with the magazine that he "can't stay away from it" and once was there on Christmas Eve waiting two and a half hours in the cold.
The second cart is located across the street from the original one. In contrast with the original cart, this cart is open both during the daytime and at night (approximately noon to 5 am, with a cook switch at 7 pm). The cart also offers falafel and kofta from time to time. Contrary to some skeptics, that cart is run by the same owner. A fourth cart has been added on the corner of 52nd and 6th. This cart was previously owned by a competitor but has now been taken over by the owners of the 53rd and 6th cart. Added on April 1, 2012 and last updated 2 years ago