Now if you haven’t heard about how the Halal Guys are branching out, with the first of California’s locations being in Costa Mesa (yay! so close to home), now you do. But my family and I still wanted a taste of the original while we were in the city.
The first time we visited last year, my brother and I waited in line in hot, humid weather for 45 minutes. Well, my brother sat in the air-conditioned Starbucks and watched me wait in line alone. This time around, we waited together about 5 minutes in pouring rain. I’m not going lie –it was annoying having to stand in the rain, but the moment we stuffed our first bites into our mouths, we realized it was worth it.
We always get the chicken over rice, and sometimes the gyro over rice. However, just a quick word: lamb meat has a distinct taste that some people strongly dislike, while others don’t mind or notice. My family is not too fond of the lamb taste, so we got chicken only this time. For $7 each, there are generous portions of everything, which includes the meat, rice, lettuce, and their famous mysterious white sauce (it’s like mayonnaise and tzatziki sauce mixed together). And don’t be afraid to mix everything up and get messy, because everything comes together in the end. Pinky promise!
My family and I then stopped at Momofuku Milk Bar. We always make a pit stop at a Momofuku Milk Bar location for dessert, even if it isn’t technically time for dessert yet. It is home to the especially famous cereal milk soft serve and crack pie. There are 6 store locations across New York that serve different seasonal soft serve flavors, but offer the same milk bar classics, like the cereal milk soft serve, crack pie, cookies, etc.
I tell you, this is the best soft serve I’ve ever had. They say that this is the most Instagrammed dessert, but I beg to differ because this soft serve is as prevalent on Instagram as…I don’t know–Putin memes on the Internet?
Served in small paper cups with a classic stamped logo is a creamy, sweet, and smooth soft serve coated with Momofuku’s original crunchy, sweet & slightly savory cereal flakes. By the time you get to the bottom third of your precious ice cream, you get taste of the soft-serve soaked cereal flakes that are reminiscent of childhood memories…because I have never hoarded cereal at 3AM while at Berkeley.
The crack pie ($5.50), as described by Momofuku, is a gooey butter cake baked in an oatmeal cereal crust. When you bite into a slice of crack pie, your teeth sink into a decadent creamy butter cake and cut through a sticky, toffee-like crust. The crack pie is like a pecan pie without the pecans, and even better. Best enjoyed with small bites, personally. I don’t even want to know how much butter and sugar went into one slice. I mean, the first ingredient on the list is butter, if that says anything. But everything is better with butter.
I hate to wrap this wonderful day up, but this was definitely my favorite day in New York, and I cannot wait for future NYC trips filled with the Halal guys and Momofuking deliciousness. Hah.