Are you looking for the definitive guide to the best Halal Restaurants in NYC?
Look no further.
New York is a top-rated Muslim friendly tourist destination for American Muslims as well as Muslim travellers from around the world.
Of course, halal food is one of the most talked-about points when planning an itinerary, but don’t worry, we have you covered with some of the best halal food available in New York.
The non-halal options are plentiful; pierogis, pizza by the slice, and even the breakfast bagels. But what happens when you’re craving that halal burger or the best steakhouse in Manhattan to satisfy your hunger.
Considering New York is one of the biggest food capitals in the world with restaurants in every nook and cranny of Manhattan, the halal food scene took a while to pick up over there. But now the halal restaurants in New York are becoming a trending spot on their own.
Well, I’ve done the research and visited some of them myself so here is my definitive list of the best Halal restaurants in New York you need to taste while there.
The Best Halal Restaurants in NYC
Burgers by Honest Chops
Owned by Honest Chops, a halal butchery based in Greenwich Village, you know that these halal burgers are going to be great.
Their menu is simple and straightforward, with a choice between beef, merguez lamb, and chicken burgers, and two types of fries, the parmesan truffle ones are delicious, and I would go back just for them.
All of the ingredients in the halal Burgers by Honest Chops are of a high standard, and the meat is ethically sourced.
It is located in Greenwich Village in a beautiful area near Washington Square Park, which is worth exploring while in the city.
If you need a place to pray near there check out the NYU prayer rooms which are very nice.
All meat is halal.
No pork or alcohol served.
Location: 99 Macdougal St New York, NY 10012
Afghan Kebab House
If you’re looking for a good halal hole-in-the-wall restaurant, Afghan Kebab House is the place to go.
Having been around for decades in Hell’s Kitchen, they serve up some of the best, authentic Afghani food and are known for their variety of kebabs fresh off the charcoal grill.
My suggestion would be to try their popular Kabuli palow or share the combo kebab entree with an abundance of sides.
All meat is halal
Location: 764 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
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The Turkish chef known as Salt Bae took the world by storm. He has opened many restaurants internationally, even one located in New York.
The whole dining experience is also a show with some of the food prepared for you on your table by waiters looking just like Nus-ret. I am pretty sure that’s how they get chosen.
This is an upscale halal steakhouse with prices and food to match, but overall I love his food, and I keep going back for more.
If you don’t have a Nus-ret halal restaurant in your city, I recommend checking it out just once for the experience.
My favourite is the Nus-ret salad and the sharing steak which is prepared in front of you and for dessert definitely baklava and ice-cream.
Address: 60 W 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019-6106
Another halal steakhouse in NYC with good reviews is the 212 Steakhouse in Manhattan offers an option for Halal Canadian Prime Steaks.
The steakhouse is located in Midtown close to Central station. They do serve alcohol, but the food is halal.
From time to time, they also have Groupon offers for it, so it is worth checking before visiting.
Address: 316 E 53rd St, New York City, NY 10022. Open 5 pm to 10 pm.
Check out their Instagram here.
With recipes brought over from Iran over 20 years ago by owners Amir Raoufi and Masoud Tehrani, it is not hard to see why Ravagh is a well-known and much-loved Persian restaurant in Manhattan.
Every night the place becomes busy with groups of friends and young families looking for a good, hearty meal, and the service really helps you feel at home.
My top picks would be their incredibly juicy joojeh chicken and the large stuffed pepper.
There are several restaurants in the city so you can check them out on their website.
All meat is halal
No pork but alcohol served.
Junoon Indian Restaurant
In the mood for a fancy meal, one night whilst you’re out in the Big Apple? Look no further than Junoon, a Michelin-starred Indian restaurant that can cater for those who follow a halal diet.
It is a little on the pricey side for dinner, but they do offer a fantastic prix-fixe lunchtime menu for $25.
Expect traditional dishes with a twist such as an eggplant chaat, ghost chilli chicken tikka, and lamb boti kebab.
Partial halal menu
No pork but alcohol served.
Location: 27 W 24th St, New York, NY, 10010
The Halal Guys
Although they have been around since forever, Halal Guys will always have a cult following with queues down the street, especially at lunch.
In Manhattan, you cannot miss their cart and pick up a mixed chicken gyro while sightseeing around.
I ended up hungry one evening and headed for their cart just after Times square.
The line may seem long, but with Halal Guys dishing out a platter a minute, you’ll be served in no time.
The food was nice although a little cold, but as an NYC classic halal food option now you simply cannot miss it while in the city.
All meat is halal.
Location: The original: Corners of 53rd St and 6th Avenue, New York, NY, 10019
Adel’s Famous Halal
A halal food truck that is taking Manhattan’s halal food scenery by storm offering great delicious options for those exploring the city in the late afternoons.
The cart is open from 6 pm onwards until early morning. Make sure you taste the gyros and the falafel options available.
The truck is located on 49th & 6th in NYC only a short walk from Times Square and Rockefeller centre.
You can check out their Instagram here.
Istanbul Kebab House
There is no country in the world that you can visit and not find a nice Turkish restaurant to enjoy a hearty halal dinner. Of course, in the halal food scene of Manhattan, there is no way we could not find one as well.
A small restaurant that is best known for delicious food than deco you can enjoy a nice kebab after spending hours walking the city.
The restaurant is open from 12 pm until 12 am.
Address: 712 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019, United States
Affy’s Premium Grill
Affy’s Premium Grill located on Coney island so not downtown Manhattan as it takes about 50min to get there by public transport.
However, for those looking for a nice halal steakhouse in New York, this is on the list at it offers excellent reviews and food.
Address: 1909 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230, United States
Open from 12 pm to 11 pm.
Brooklyn Halal Grill
A trip to Brooklyn while in New York is a must especially for a walk on the Brooklyn Bridge.
While there and feeling hungry you should check out the family-run restaurant Brooklyn Halal Grill. The food is freshly prepared and served with the highest ingredients.
Address: 1148 Liberty Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208
Open: 12pm to 12am
These halal food restaurants in New York City will keep you full to be able to explore the rest of what the city has to offer.
I would also highly recommend visiting the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Although it is not a halal restaurant you can have the option to order fish or veggie and in the summer the outdoor space is beautiful to relax and enjoy.
New York has a special place in my heart and I love going back and exploring new places. There is just something special about the city vibe.
Thursday 27th of August 2020
Burger by honest chop is ideal for fast food lovers!
Monday 26th of April 2021
An old episode of the show "Modern Marvels" did a show on "Beans" it was Season 16 Episode 8. Very facinating and did a falafel segment with a guy in the Wall Street area who made double breaded giant falafel sandwiches done in the Egyptian method and Jews and muslims went nut for these beans. I can't this place any where. No sure if he's out of business.
Thursday 2nd of January 2020
i want to visit from london but really wanna eat some more 'american' foods such as chicken and waffles,mac n cheese,craw fish boils, soul food etc but i cant seem to find alot of those sorts of options
Friday 12th of November 2021
Hi Fatima, there are a few soul food spots in Brooklyn that you can check out. Also, @muslimfoodies on IG will give you access to a few places with chicken and waffles, etc.
Muslim Travel Girl
Monday 6th of January 2020
I dont think there are many. I mean some of them you could eat anyways like mac and cheese etc. Another option is to visa the middle east and eat in the american diners lol