In a culinary landscape as diverse and dynamic as New York City’s, a restaurant’s grand opening is always a reason for food lovers to celebrate. This August, the city’s palates have another reason to rejoice as “Penn State Halal Guys” swung open its welcoming doors at 417 E. Calder Way.
The grand opening, which took place on a bustling August 21, was marked with anticipation as the restaurant promised a cornucopia of dishes designed around halal principles. For those unfamiliar, halal is an Arabic term translating to “permissible” in English, denoting food that adheres to Islamic law. The commitment to serving exclusively halal ingredients speaks to the establishment’s dedication to authenticity and inclusivity.
The culinary offerings at Penn State Halal Guys are nothing short of delightful. With each dish priced at a tempting $10, patrons can dive into a range of salads, subs, warm pita sandwiches, and tantalizing rice specials. The protein choices cater to both meat lovers and seafood enthusiasts, with chicken, lamb, fish, shrimp, and the ever-popular falafel playing starring roles.
Vegetarians are not left out in the cold either. The eatery’s menu sings praises to the green world with a generous selection of veggie options. And for those whose heartstrings are tugged by the sizzle and crunch, the restaurant serves irresistible fried treats like crispy chicken tenders and golden-brown french fries.
But the pièce de résistance at any dining outing is, of course, the dessert. Penn State Halal Guys understands this cardinal rule and offers mouth-watering cheesecake and decadent chocolate cake slices, priced at just $4.
For the night owls and the early risers, the restaurant has accommodating hours. From Monday to Saturday, they keep the flame burning from 10 a.m. to a staggering 3 a.m., and on Sundays, it’s from 10 a.m. to midnight. And for those moments when you crave their dishes in the comfort of your home, they’ve teamed up with delivery giants – Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and RICEPO.
Penn State Halal Guys isn’t just another restaurant in the downtown area; it’s a testament to the city’s evolving culinary scene. E. Calder Way is becoming a gastronomic hub with the recent addition of 8 Mile Pizza, Tasty K Korean Fried Chicken, and aromatic Coffee, Hemp, and tea. And for the caffeine aficionados, a new Dunkin’ outlet is slated to take residence at the erstwhile Starbucks spot on Garner Street.
As New York City continues its eternal love affair with food, Penn State Halal Guys is poised to become one of its beloved chapters. Whether you’re a die-hard foodie or someone looking for a comforting meal, their doors are now open, inviting you to experience a culinary journey like no other.