A classic Mediterranean street food, the gyro is a pita wrap packed with thin slices of savory, herb-y meat, lettuce, tomato, and special sauce. It’s a staple of New York food cart fare and Mediterranean restaurant menus, but not all gyros are created equal. Here are the five best in the city—grab some extra sauce for us, will you?
The Halal Guys
This storied food cart has a Zagat rating and constant lines from noon to midnight. But don’t worry: you’ll be served quickly, and you’ll definitely love the big gyro with hot sauce! It’s completely scrumptious, filling, and under $10 (be advised it’s cash only when you order). Grab a gyro early, scarf it down, and visit the Museum of Modern Art down the block. A perfect New York day! Southeast corner of W. 53rd St. and Sixth Ave., thehalalguys.com
In Astoria, Queens is a small Mediterranean cafe with an incredible mastery of the art of the gyro. You can see the spit where marinated pork spins and where the cooks come shave off pieces of meat to fill in a hot pita for you. If you’re super-hungry, grab some Greek fries with feta while you’re at it! 2702 Astoria Blvd., 718-932-7858, bzgrill.com
Dafni Greek Taverna
Conveniently located on 42nd Street, Dafni Greek Taverna doesn’t disappoint with its flavorful Greek fare. The gyro platter in particular gets high marks, with delicious lamb meat, rice, and sauce you can wrap in pita triangles for your own mini sandwich. 325 W. 42nd St., 212-315-1010, dafnitaverna.com
A big blue food truck with a religious following, this will be another line you’ll be glad you joined. Gussy’s gyro with fresh veggies, soft pita, and white sauce is just the lunchtime pick-up you need. Find it next to St. Bartholomew’s Church in Midtown East, but don’t bank on it for dinner: Uncle Gussy’s is only open ‘til 4 p.m. 345 Park Ave., 929-600-1111, unclegussys.com
If you’re not one for red meat, try the chicken gyro at Turco, an unassuming Turkish restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen that totally delivers on the gyro front. Expect fresh tzatziki sauce (yogurt with dill: yum!), shaved slices of marinated chicken, and a huge portion. 604 Ninth Ave., 212-510-8666, turconyc.com