NYC Street Grill – Bringing Top Tier Halal to the Poconos
For many years the Poconos have been a great place to vacation but has not been much of a destination for food. Some establishments in the past years have been doing all they can to change that, and things have become a bit better in the area. NYC Street Grill on Main Street in Stroudsburg was a place I was hesitant to try initially because typically in my experiences anything that has NYC in the name, is nowhere remotely near as good as anything in NYC. I’m happy I decided to go against that belief and give them a shot.
NYC Quality Halal
I went there during the whole Covid situation and got take-out so I can’t comment too much to the aesthetic of the business itself really (please keep an eye out for an updated blog post soon from the more recent experiences I’ve had here). I can say that the dining area was fairly small, but I do believe they’ll have outdoor seating once allowed to as well. The scents of the business really lit up your nose as soon as you walked through the door. Various meats roasting over flame tends to do that!
For today’s take-out I ordered the Chicken Tikka Kabab platter and the Lamb, Beef, and Chicken combo platter over rice. First reaction was “Whoa, that’s a lot of food”. These portions are absolutely enough to turn into two meals with no issue at all. As it was in the restaurant, the smell was divine. Also, the hot sauce that they make (which I got extra of on the side, and you should too) was very good. It tasted good and it actually provided some kick. I have had so many “hot sauces” that are just vinegary pepper water that this was a really pleasant surprise!
The Chicken Kabab was quite good. The flavor was on point and the meat was juicy. Oftentimes when I have gotten this meal at other places the chicken is a little tough and dry, but this was not at all. There was a lot of meat and what I ate of the salad was good as well. I couldn’t stop focusing on the meat long enough to eat much salad though!
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The combo platter was fantastic. The lamb was the highlight for me personally, but it was all delicious. This lamb (which is typically salty all on it’s own) was spot on to how it should taste. The combination of sauces and flavors from the meats and the rice was really so good when blended together.
I’ve had a lot of halal food in the city and maybe this wasn’t exactly the same, but for this area especially this was a homerun…with multiple batters on base. It is also very important to note that the owners of this establishment are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met who are truly trying to build a “community first” atmosphere. I always love to support people who care about others and work very hard in their pursuit of their dreams.
The Chicken Tikka was in the ballpark of $9 and the combo platter was around $15. Keeping in mind that either of those can easily sufficiently feed a normal human twice, it was a very solid deal. The hot sauce and white sauces combined on these meats really took this to another level altogether. I’m foreshadowing a bit as well but since this trip I’ve had their gyro as well as the Chicken Tikka again and some dessert options so look out for that post coming soon!
Are there better local Halal Spots?
No. The short answer is no. The longer answer is that NYC Street Grill offers very good 100% Halal food at a competitive price and it’s served to you by people who truly care about what they’re serving. If there was one negative I had to say it would just be that at times parking can become problematic on Main Street so for take-out you may need to double park or drop someone in front to grab it, but if you’re dining in you’ll be able to find a spot nearby or in one of the parking garages just off Main. All in all though, easy to say, NYC Street Grill in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania absolutely – Didn’t Suck!