halal food cart sheepshead bay rd
(XPL Halal Food cart seen at 4 a.m. midweek; Photo by Ray Johnson)

Businesses near the corner of Sheepshead Bay Road and Avenue Z (across the street from Gothic Press) have been complaining about the latest addition to the intersection: a 24-hour food vending cart.

While such food carts are commonplace and highly acclaimed for bringing taste to street food in Manhattan, on Sheepshead Bay Road, they stick out like a sore thumb — leaving some to wonder whether they’d seen a food-vending cart anywhere in Sheepshead Bay, ever.

The operators of this XPL Halal Food cart is under watch for a number of issues. Residents want to know if the cart is operating safely with the butane tank resting near the light pole and if the extra garbage being dumped on top of the residential garbage is being left there by the vendor. They’re, also, not so sure as if the neighborhood mid-morning traffic can justify having a 24-hour food service cart at the corner near where there is a coop building and a bus stop.

XPL Halal vending won the Midtown Lunch website’s taste test for Best Rice, in their “Street-Meat-Palooza: A 13 Cart Chicken/Lamb Over Rice Showdown” last year.

So, there will probably be quite a few hungry residents on their way home from the subway station, who would like to get a taste.

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  • David

    I’ve been there twice at night during the last two weeks and the food is tasty, cheap and fast. The operator has been very friendly. I for one don’t mind it, and I’m close enough to see if from my house. People will complain about it though, but then again some people just want to complain about everything.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com BrooklynQ

    I’m all for it. Cheap, fast, tasty, clean. Welcome to the neighborhood!

  • Morris the cat

    I also noticed the same type of cart on the corner of Ave U and E16 St by the TD Bank. Usually I don’t trust street food vendors, but their food does smell pretty good.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’ve heard that cats will eat anything off the streets…

  • http://antsrants.webs.com Anthony

    When I was growing up in Brooklyn, many moons ago, there used to be the guys that rolled around the big Sabrett’s hot dog carts. Apparently, the frankfurter biz was pretty cutthroat and competitive with all these guys vying for Brooklyn’s hot-spots. They used to stake out their territory in the wee hours and set up shop like prostitutes in the night. I guess the vendor had to be well-situated when the prime snausage eating hours rolled around or they wouldn’t make into Hot Dog Heaven. My guy’s name was Dave DaHotDogGuy. He used to park his meat wagon between Shellbank and Sheepshead High every day, undoubtedly raking in some serious sauerkraut.

    I’m not sure how this this new-fangled food cart is different other than that it’s open all night and is the size of a small van. Wait a minute! Chicken? Lamb? Rice? Hey, that sounds pretty good. Thanks for the tip, Ray. I’ll meet you at the meat mobile!

  • David

    I’ve been there twice at night during the last two weeks and the food is tasty, cheap and fast. The operator has been very friendly. I for one don’t mind it, and I’m close enough to see if from my house. People will complain about it though, but then again some people just want to complain about everything.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com/ BrooklynQ

    I’m all for it. Cheap, fast, tasty, clean. Welcome to the neighborhood!

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    I also noticed the same type of cart on the corner of Ave U and E16 St by the TD Bank. Usually I don’t trust street food vendors, but their food does smell pretty good.

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’ve heard that cats will eat anything off the streets…

  • http://antsrants.webs.com/ Anthony

    When I was growing up in Brooklyn, many moons ago, there used to be the guys that rolled around the big Sabrett’s hot dog carts. Apparently, the frankfurter biz was pretty cutthroat and competitive with all these guys vying for Brooklyn’s hot-spots. They used to stake out their territory in the wee hours and set up shop like prostitutes in the night. I guess the vendor had to be well-situated when the prime snausage eating hours rolled around or they wouldn’t make into Hot Dog Heaven. My guy’s name was Dave DaHotDogGuy. He used to park his meat wagon between Shellbank and Sheepshead High every day, undoubtedly raking in some serious sauerkraut.

    I’m not sure how this this new-fangled food cart is different other than that it’s open all night and is the size of a small van. Wait a minute! Chicken? Lamb? Rice? Hey, that sounds pretty good. Thanks for the tip, Ray. I’ll meet you at the meat mobile!

  • jay

    i know for sure that they have a place or own “garage” where they have dumpsters n can dispose their waist there and also about the butane tank. it is safe because the have it in a covered cabanit on the inside of the cart. i dont know why people complaning about it even when they have such a good and tastey food. I LOVE IT.

  • jay

    i know for sure that they have a place or own “garage” where they have dumpsters n can dispose their waist there and also about the butane tank. it is safe because the have it in a covered cabanit on the inside of the cart. i dont know why people complaning about it even when they have such a good and tastey food. I LOVE IT.

  • Blueninja14

    this cart is terrible, i hate the halal here if you think this is good u havent tried real halal