October 1, 2003

philly cheesesteaks in new york?

POST #    422

carl's - it's no pat's or jim's.

new to my current neighborhood is carl's steaks - philly cheesesteaks. their specialty, as you might have guessed, is the philly cheesesteak. the look to the operation is pretty authentic with the grill, the meat, and the onions, but it seemed like there was something missing (i would like to think i can judge because of my philly trip). first, it seemed like they had too many people working behind the counter. while in philly, they may have a lot people, but they also have a lot of space. carl's does not. also, they just started out, so things got a bit hairy when a couple of their deliveries were messed up. it was also a slow process in comparison to the two places i went to in philly. again, after some time, this should get better. but the fact that i still smell like cheesesteak means that it's at least somewhat authentic. the beef was a little on the dry side too. but the woman taking my order (maybe carl's wife since she seemed to know carl well) did know what i wanted when i asked for a "whiz with." bonus points for her.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:39 PM



Carl's was really good, even though we waited 45 minutes for a cheesesteak, (double steak) and cheese fries...cheesesteak was right up there, if not better than pats or ginos

Posted by: Justin at October 3, 2003 12:05 PM

well, i'm sure it wasn't better than pat's or jim's, but it was decent. i don't think they use enough oil while they are cooking. the wait might have caused you to like it even more though.

Posted by: tien at October 3, 2003 1:17 PM

oil is the key. can't have too much oil. and as far as nyc having a better cheesesteak than philly, i'll believe it when i taste it. damn new york superiority complex...

Posted by: dan at October 3, 2003 3:09 PM

yeah, i don't think they were better either dan. that's like saying that nypd place in ann arbor made better pizza than new york.

Posted by: tien at October 3, 2003 5:08 PM

Ahh. So I just finished my first Carl's cheeseteak. I ordered a "whizz with" (cheeze whizz w/ onions) and hot peppers. The place has a grill like Pat's and was packed! Great smells. Waited 10 minutes for my steak and brought it back to the office. The bread was soft and chewy....it didn't have the slight crispiness that Pat's had.....maybe b/c it was wrapped and softened up during my walk back to the office....but still good. The meat, onions and whizz were fine. My problem was that the meat was too greasy. It overcame the rest of the sandwich. I think it may have been just that batch (the oil bottle was close to empty and the guy just dumped the rest of the bottle of oil into the meat). The verdict: Not a good as Pat's or Geno's, but close to an authentic Phillycheesesteak and tons better than other other steak I've had in NY. I'm looking forward to trying it again.

Posted by: rich at October 21, 2003 1:57 PM

Howdy! I'm laid up at home for a few weeks and I'm jonesin' for a cheesesteak. Can someone please let me know the location of Carl's? I would appreciate it so much. Thanks


Posted by: Jeff at December 4, 2003 4:12 PM

jeff, it's on 3rd ave. btwn 34th and 35th (closer to 34th).

Posted by: tien at December 4, 2003 5:39 PM

Carls ranks as THE NUMBER 1 CHZSTEAK place IN NYC - seeing as there are so few to none that do teh REAL macoy, this is as close to heaven/philly as you'll come. Get the works with extra hot sauce - it will keep you in a coma for a good 4 hours until you need to order another one!

Posted by: Dripping Goodness at December 18, 2003 1:29 PM

even though Amoroso's refused to deliver to Carl's they still have great bread delivered all the way from S. Jersey ... It is the bread after all that makes a steak, not the oil, the grill or the meat!

best in philly though isn't Pats or Jims or Ginos - It is D'Allesandros! Straight UP.

peace out

Posted by: it's all in the bread at January 22, 2004 12:31 PM

had carls a bunch of times even though I do not live in manhatten. gotta love it. great fries too. also good to know you can grab a beer to go. bottom line it's worth the trip. 34th & 3rd next to joshua tree and patsy's pizza.

Posted by: steve at January 29, 2004 8:29 PM

Recently visited Carl's.It wasn't crazy busy since it was in between mealtimes, so the service was fast. I'm no cheese whiz fan, but, the cheesesteaks are the best I've ever had. Keep'em coming!

Posted by: Sally at January 29, 2004 8:55 PM

Cool... a nice blog. I'm going to start my own one.

Posted by: traceroute at January 30, 2004 10:56 PM

We're from Philly and grew up eating Cheesesteaks. We tried Carls Steaks in Manhattan and were pleasantly delighted. We loved the combination of hot sauce with the peppers, the cheese and the onions. And the chicken cheesesteak is just as good! The decor is so perfect. We're hooked. We always stop off for a bite before we head for home.

Posted by: We're Hooked at April 22, 2004 11:37 PM

I'm suprised by a lot of the reviews I am reading. Not only did I have to wait 20 minutes (there werent that many people there) but I also thought the meat was over salted, but there wasnt enough cheesewiz for every bite. Cant say I'll be going back.And to We're Hooked's comment I say: What decor?

Posted by: Not a Fan at May 26, 2004 2:12 PM

You have not tried "Papoyan's Pizza, Subs and more" in Laredo, Texas, have tasted Pat's and Gino's in Philly. Papoyan's out does their Philly stakes by a mile.

Posted by: Jerry Morgano at October 6, 2004 11:51 PM

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