An interesting article on Eater discusses the relatively recent and explosive growth of the Halal food cart industry in New York City.
But in the midst of the city’s long street food history, halal carts are relative newcomers to the scene. Only a few decades ago, “halal” exclusively referred to a method of slaughter that rendered a meat acceptable for Muslims to eat. Today, it’s become something more specific and entirely native to New York City. While other street vendors may serve halal meat as Indian or Chinese food, these are not the halal carts we’re speaking of. Even the most street-food-phobic’s mouth has to water as they pass a real halal cart’s hot grill.
Check out the full article for more on the history of NYC’s halal food carts.