30+ Halal Food in NYC

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30+ Halal Food in NYC!

Looking for Halal Food in NYC?

Here is a list of the Halal restaurants, cafes, and establishments that you can find throughout the boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Besides that, this article has also listed some Halal Food Carts that you can find throughout the city.


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What You Should Know About The Halal Status of Restaurants in Muslim-Minority Countries like The USA

In Muslim-minority countries like The USA, it can be difficult and rare to find entirely Halal restaurants unless they are Muslim-owned.

Unlike Muslim-majority countries where Halal laws are strictly enforced, from the processes to the whole menu and the quality control of premises, the case can be different in Muslim-minority countries or countries where Islam is not the main religion.

Some restaurants in Muslim-minority countries operate in such cases of:

1. Serving only Halal meat (some with segregated plates for Halal dishes), while at the same time also having alcohol served on their premises. The discrepancy here is that we have no idea if cross-contamination would not occur.

2. Some restaurants, albeit its fully Halal status (meal-wise), allow diners who are non-muslims to bring their own bottle (also known as BYOB—”bring your own bottle”) of wine/alcoholic beverages.

It is important to exercise due diligence upon eating in any restaurants and shops that serve both Halal meat and alcohol on site.

These scenarios can be uncommon or something new for visitors, especially those from Muslim-majority countries.

To understand more, read this ?? Halal, Muslim-friendly, Pork-free, Partially-Halal, BYOB — All The Terms Muslims Should Know before Dining!

In this article, we’ll list down the Halal status of each restaurant that you should know so you can gauge the real expectations.

When in doubt, do ask before eating.

Best Halal Food NYC

This article has segregated the best Halal Food NYC has to offer, according to its boroughs like Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, as well as Halal Food Carts around the city.

Halal Restaurants Manhattan

Manhattan is usually the place to go for fancy Halal Restaurants NYC.

Disclaimer: Since Manhattan is located in the commercially bustling district of NYC, most of the restaurants found here are either partially halal, serve only Halal meat, or allow BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle of wine/alcohol) for patrons. Hence, exercise your due diligence before dining.

Without further ado, here are some of the best Halal restaurants Manhattan offers!

Farida

Looking for Halal Food in NYC that specializes in cuisines from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan?

Farida is the place to go!

Claiming themselves as the “First and Only Halal Central Asian cuisine in Manhattan”, not only are the cuisines reflected in its traditional heritage, but the interior and ambiance are sure to give you that “Central Asian” vibe.

Some things to try here are the Umka Puff Pies, Platter, and Uzbek Plov (lamb chops on top of rice.

Halal Status: Self-claimed Halal meat, No pork, but Alcohol is served on site.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 498 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm daily

Afghan Kebab House

This shop on Upper East Side has all the Afghan flavors you can think of!

Be sure to try some Afghan dumplings too!

Afghan Kebab House is a good option for lunch or dinner, specializing in sauteed lamb shank. Full menu here

Halal Status: Halal sign visible on the premise. They don’t serve alcohol, but in the past, diners have brought their own bottles as the house allowed it.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 1345 2nd Ave #5224, New York, NY 10021, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 1:00 – 10:30 pm daily

ABA Turkish Restaurant

ABA Turkish Restaurant is your go-to place, as this serves Turkish and Mediterranean fare in an area that gives you a feel of Istanbul, with a patio sitting!

Some recommended menus are lentil soup, Ali Nazik, and their special lamb shank. The Baklava and pistachio here are also directly from Turkey so those are to look out for!

Halal Status: Halal. They don’t serve alcohol; however, in the past, diners have brought their own bottles as the house allowed BYOB.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 325 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm daily

Rasa

This casual restaurant sells Malaysian, Thai, and Indonesian dishes.

Malaysian cuisines New York City

Any of the noodles selection and Goreng (stir-fry) dishes are a must if it is your first time trying out Malaysian cuisines.

Besides that, dishes like Satay skewers with peanut sauce, Nasi Kerabu (pea-flowered blue Rice), or Beef Rendang are must try. Finish off your meal with Cendol (crushed ice with green tapioca droplets drizzled in palm sugar)

Halal Status: Meat is from Halal sources. But Alcohol is served.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 25 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (Fri-Sat); 11:30 am – 9:30 pm (Sun-Thu)

Birria LES

Birria is a traditional Mexican stew originally made with goat meat and sometimes veal, lamb, or pork. This stew is served as a taco filling.

But here at Birria LES, only Halal meat is used.

Muslim Bangladeshis own this Halal Mexican spot on the Lower East Side through a partnership with a Mexican Chef.

Halal Birria Tacos new york

You’ll get all sorts of Halal Mexican specialties such as birria tacos, tostadas, consomme, and esquites. Birria Beef with Chees and Loaded fries are recommended!

Halal Status: Halal. Muslim-Owned

  • Price Range: $
  • Address: 127 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours:
    • 11:00 am – 11:00 pm (Sun-Thu)
    • 11:00 am – 4:00 am (Fri-Sat)

Eatzy Thai

Are you looking for halal Korean BBQ in NYC?

Eatzy Thai is your place!

Despite its conspicuous name specializing in Thai cuisines, Korean BBQ and hotpot are also famous here.

Pro-tip: Do reserve before dining as it can get really crowded.

The place comes with all-you-can-eat beef, shrimp, and chicken for grilling. There are also all kinds of Asian sauces like hot sauce, spicy, and Kimchi!

Halal Status: Fully Halal with Halal sign is visible on the premise.

  • Price Range: $
  • Address: 33-09 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 1:00 – 10:00 pm daily

Halal Restaurants Brooklyn

Brooklyn is the home to the most Muslims in NYC and the USA in general.

These are just a few Halal spots you’ll find in the borough, but there’s certainly more than that!

The Soul Spot

The Soul Spot in downtown Brooklyn specializes in Southern Soul and Caribbean Cooking.

Locals particularly love the flavorful Jerk Chicken. It comes with a tinge of spiciness. Sides like mash potatoes, mac and cheese, rice and peas are also available there.

It’s great if you’re looking for a quick and casual place to grab some Caribbean food.

Halal Status: Clear Halal signage on the premise

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 302 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm daily

Ayat

Ayat is a bistro based in Brooklyn that specializes in authentic Palestinian cuisine.

Try the Mixed Grilled Platter for a little bit of everything. The platter has a huge portion and can accommodate two persons!

Besides that, everyone should try the Maqluba (Levant dish where rice, chicken meat, and vegetables are served upside down from a pot) and Palestinian desserts!

The interior here will ultimately give you the “Middle Eastern vibe”, especially with the out Palestinian mural decor.

Halal Status: Halal.

  • Price Range: $
  • Address: 8504 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 10:00 am -11:00 pm daily

Black Nile

Pioneered by an African-American Muslim family, this eatery is one of the Best Halal Restaurants in NYC.

Based in Brooklyn, It serves seafood and Southern recipes with signature Black Nile seasonings and sauces.

Seafood options that will interest you are seafood cornbread, hot-honey catfish, and Crab smothered chicken. Fried Chicken & Waffles is also available if you’re in the mood for a classic American meal.

Halal status: Muslim-owned.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 705 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225, United States (directions)

Yemen Cafe

The first Yemeni Restaurant in the United States, Yemen cafe has been around in NYC since 1986. Yemen Cafe serves authentic flavors of Yemeni cuisines in Downtown Brooklyn.

If it’s your first time here, the Lamb Haneeth and Traditional Saltah with shredded lamb will not disappoint you.

Besides that, Fattah with Honey is great to try, especially during Ramadhan!

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 176 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm daily

Brooklyn Halal Grill

Brooklyn Halal Grill is an easy, fuss-free over-the-counter service where you can grab burgers, kebabs, gyros, and halal meat platters.

Shawarma Halal New York City

Wondering what to have here? Some local favorites include chopped cheese over fires, Honey BBQ wings, or lamb over salad.

Halal Status: Halal.

  • Price Range: $
  • Address: 1148 Liberty Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 2:00 am daily

Milk & Honey

This halal coffee shop on Newkirk Avenue is excellent for brunch when you’re in Brooklyn, NYC.

If you’re in the mood for something heavy, the flatbread options (choose either chicken, lamb, or pesto) are fulfilling.

But if you’re in the mood for something light, their classic fluffy creme brulee french toast is the real deal! Otherwise, the rustic space filled with wall greenery makes dining a mood.

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 1119 Newkirk Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm daily

Namkeen

Not your ordinary American take-out burger, Namkeen injects a Pakistani flavor into Nashville-style hot chicken.

Namkeen take-out NYC

Note: It can get pretty spicy here!

Locals swear by their Dhamaka fries, Tikkaville sandwich, and classic Nashville chicken sandwich. Waffle Sandwich is also a highly raved menu here.

Halal Status: Halal.

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 338 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Thu-Sun)

Halal-N-Out

Halal-N-Out is famous for serving American-style fast food.

Halal N Out NYC

Its star is the Lamb Gyro. Considering how stuffed the gyro is, absolutely worth the value and fulfilling for a day’s meal.

Other options to try there are chicken tenders, Philly Cheesesteaks, and mixed rice platters.

Halal status: Muslim-owned.

  • Address: 197 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 1:00 am (Sun – Thu); 11:00 am – 3:00 am (Fri-Sat)

Zatar

In the mood for some Middle Eastern cuisines in Brooklyn?

Head on to Zatar! There are two locations (one on 8th Ave, and another on Myrtle Ave), so head on to whichever’s nearby.

Depending on your mood, whether to have a light or fulfilling meal, there’s falafel, shawarma, kebabs, and all the usual Middle Eastern menu you can think of.

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price Range: $-$$
  • Addresses & Operating Hours:
    • Click here for 8th Ave
    • Click here for Myrtle Ave

Halal Restaurants Queens

Kabul Kabob House

This restaurant in Flushing serves Afghan cuisines in a premier New York dining experience.

The entrees (which come with salad and rice options of white, brown, and green) are enough to make you full! Choose either Lamb Tikka, Barg (charcoal beef slices), or Kofta or Salmon Kabob.

The sauce comes in white and spicy green options.

The combo platter is one to try for the best of both of everything!

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price Range: $$-$$$
  • Address: 42-51 Main St, Queens, NY 11355, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm daily

Farine Baking Company

While you can find all sorts of desserts here, Farine Baking Company is also famous for its burgers, fries and chicken.

Depending on your mood, there’s a burger for every occasion like Swiss N’ Shroom Burger, Spicy Buttermilk Burger, or classic Nashville Burger.

Be sure to try out the Gulab Jamun Cheesecake!

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price Range: $
  • Address: 256-13 Hillside Avenue, Queens, NY 11004, United States (Note, it is located inside Premium Supermarket — directions)
  • Operating hours: 12:00 – 10:00 pm (Tue-Sun)

Chicky’s

Want Halal food in NYC, but not the usual Mediterranean or Middle Eastern selections, instead an American Halal fast food experience?

Then Chicky’s is the place to go in Queens, NYC!

Spicy lovers would love the spicy chicken sandwich. The mango habanero is worth a try if you’re in the mood for something new. They also have Peri-peri sauce-based menu here.

But if you don’t want a fussy and complex meal, try Chicky’s original sandwich and wings.

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price Range: $$
  • Address: 248-43 Jericho Turnpike, Jamaica, NY 11426, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours:
    • 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm (Sun – Wed)
    • 12:00 pm – 1:30 am (Thu-Sat)

Boishakhi Restaurant

Boishakhi Restaurant is one of the Halal Restaurants in NYC that specializes in casual quick-serve Bangladeshi cuisines.

There’s a huge selection of buffets that you can choose from here as well!

Goat Biryani, and Beef Tehari are some of the menus they specialize in.

And like any South Asian restaurant, you can expect samosas to be sold here too!

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price range: $
  • Address: 29-14 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 10:00 am – 10:30 pm daily

Duzan

Duzan is a casual Middle Eastern joint in Astoria, Queens, known for its quick bite for the past 13 years.

You can get the usual hummus, shawarma sandwiches, and platters here. A highly raved platter here is the chicken shawarma mixed with couscous and hummus!

They’re also generous in their portion size, filling you up for about two meals!

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price range: $
  • Address: 2411 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Wed – Mon); Closed on Tuesdays.

Carifesta Restaurant

This Guyanese-Chinese restaurant is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in Guyanese Chinese cuisines.

If you have to get one thing, the chicken fried rice is hands down the only menu you should try.

Besides that, other Guyanese specialties offered here are lo mein which comes with sides like jerk chicken, and shrimp!

Halal Status: Halal meat is served

  • Price range: $
  • Address: 12615 Liberty Ave, Jamaica, NY 11419, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm daily

Nurlan Uyghur Restaurant

One of the Best Halal Restaurants in NYC is Nurlan Uyghur.

Like its name suggests, Nurlan restaurant sells authentic Uyghur cuisines that are Halal, particularly Xinjiang delicacies.

If you’ve never tried Uyghur cuisines, the Lagman (hand-pulled) noodles are a definite must! They are made daily, so you can ensure it is as fresh as possible.

Top off your meal with the Uyghur bread, yogurt and milk tea!

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price range: $$
  • Address: 43-39 Main St, Queens, NY 11355, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours:
    • 11:00 am – 9:00 pm (Mon, Wed-Sat)
    • 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (Sun)

BBQ Village Palace

BBQ Village Palace sells a variety of Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines.

The restaurant serves a buffet with lots of options, making it great for that Halal Food in NYC quick-serve casual meal.

Depending on your preference and mood, you can go for the roti like garlic naan or fulfilling meals like chicken tikka, kebab, or biryani here.

Halal Status: Halal

  • Price range: $
  • Address: 181-12 Hillside Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm daily

Halal Carts in NYC

Halal Food in NYC is not a complete experience without a sampling the American Halal Food Cart Fare.

NYC is known to be the pioneer home for American Halal food carts, starting with the establishment of The Halal Guys on 6th Ave in the 1990s.

Since then, word of mouth started to spread about how quick and tasty meat and rice platters from Halal food carts, and there has been a rise in Halal Food Carts all over NYC and America in general.

In general, the Halal Food carts serve Mediterranean cuisines like falafel, gyros, and platters with rice and salad. The sauces (white & red) are what make the halal cart meals delicious.

Halal Food in NYC

The Halal Guys

These days you can find The Halal Guys all over the country, but the original location at 53rd St and 6th Ave is a classic for the authentic American Halal Food Cart experience.

If it’s your first time at The Halal Guys, go for the Combo Platter for the best of everything and the legendary White Sauce!

  • Address: 6th Avenue & W 53rd St, New York, 10019, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 4:00 am daily

Throughout New York City, you can find Halal Food Carts at every corner throughout. But here are a couple of others that you can check out too.

Halal Food Cart NYC

Soho Halal Guy

Selling a variety of Halal Food cart menus like a platter, sandwiches, and hot dogs in SoHo.

  • Address: 1-17 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 24 hours daily

NY Halal Gyro

Besides the usual Halal Food Cart fare, the Baklava here is worth a try too!

  • Address: 201 Allen St, New York, NY 10002, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 12:00 pm – 3:00 am (Sat – Thu); 2:00 pm – 3:00 am (Fri)

Tariq’s 1 Halal Food Cart

Unlike the rest of the usual Halal Food Cart, what makes this one special is that they have South Asian cuisines like Tikka Masala and Biryani.

  • Address: 240 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm (Mon – Fri)

Other authentic Halal Food New York carts to try:

King Cab Halal Food Cart, Chelsea

  • Address: In Ideal Marketplace. 10th Ave & W 28th St, New York, NY 10001, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 24/7

NYC Best Halal Cart

  • Address: In Veterans Affair, New York, NY 10010, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 12:00 am (Mon – Sat)

Rafiqi’s Halal Cart

  • Address: Floor 1, HSBC Tower, New York, NY 10018, United States (directions)
  • Operating hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Mon- Fri)

Halal Food in NYC Takeaway

Hopefully, this Halal Food in NYC list has given you an idea of where to go for that quick bite or fulfilling meal while you’re on your #MuslimSoloTravels in New York City, United States of America!

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