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Old 04-01-2012, 04:24 PM
 
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Just wondering. I've been going to New York once in a while since I was kind of a young kid, and I can't remember/pinpoint the exact time period (in the last ten years?) when the halal food carts became common.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:29 PM
 
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Here is an interesting article about that from the perspective of the owner of one of the carts. The article also mentions one of the more famous Halal carts on 53rd and 6th (the one that always has a gigantic line and also has its own website). In the article, the guy first noticed a halal cart in 2000 when he left the restaurant business and then decided to start his own and to improve the quality.

Personally I don't remember seeing many of them before 2000 either.


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/29/ny...ty/29hala.html
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I'd guesstimate 10 years or so also.

They certainly smell A LOT better than most street vendors' fare, but I've never partaken because I don't particularly like eating without a table.
There's one at 86th and Lex that is particularly tempting so I might give it a shot...maybe carry it home to eat.
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Old 04-02-2012, 07:52 PM
 
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Just wondering. I've been going to New York once in a while since I was kind of a young kid, and I can't remember/pinpoint the exact time period (in the last ten years?) when the halal food carts became common.
Since 2000s.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:04 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Well the first Halal carts have been around since early 2000s, but I would say they became increasingly popular in the last 3 years. It use to be a few carts in different parts of NYC, but then all of a sudden there was a cart in every corner. There is two within 30 feet of each other in Soho. Not all of them are good though.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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Sort of on topic, but does anyone where the cheapest Halal cart(s) in Manhattan and the Bronx are? Always on the lookout for cheap food!
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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Halal carts have definitely been on the rise since I started working in the city circa 2004, I didn't see many then but now I even see them in the outer boroughs.

Dapanza107, I highly advise you to eat from RAFIQUIS trucks, they are all over midtown east and a bit over to the west side as well. I most recently found two carts on I believe 39th and 7th and yet again on 5th
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