Economy-Proof Urban Gastronomy

OK so the pompous title got you to read, eh !

Well this post is about one of my favorite lunch options and which I invariably partake one day of the week. These are the halal carts all over the city but especially out in force in my neck of the woods around 6th Avenue and 19th street.

If you stand at this location you can see 4-5 carts within a 100m radius.

What really surprises me is the price of the food. It has been the same for over two years. Anywhere between 4 and 5 bucks will get you a huge portion of Chicken/Lamb/Falafel over rice with lettuce and tomato.

It has not mattered that in the same time frame the price of gas has gone up more than 60% (or  more).




The number of carts have just increased in the same duration too. I think that as people try to find cheaper alternatives for lunch to save money, you cant get a better bargain that this, not even at McDonalds.


Some of these carts are franchises. Like the one pictured above…Rafiqi’s, can be seen here and at Union Square, and 7th Avenue and a few other places I am sure.

I love the food, and the taste and I am sure there are a lot of people who would never venture to these carts, but to them I say…you do not know what you are missing out on.