On Wednsdays through Sundays on an empty lot at Prospect Avenue and 156th Street in Woodstock, you'll find Mama Isbaella's Place, a seasonal, stationary Puerto Rican food truck devoted to pastelillos and alcapurrias.
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This past Friday, Viva La Comida, the Elmhurst 82nd Street Partnership's food festival, celebrated its second year with even more street food, music, and fun. Take a look at at some highlights from the day.
'They Basically Wiped Out Our Profit for the Day': A Street Vendor Speaks Out About the Department of Health
Do the DOH's letter grades and punitive fines actually improve food safety? Do they educate street vendors and restaurants about improving food safety? Here is one account to help you decide, in a street vendor's own words, about the time she lost a day's earnings to two tickets.
This weekend, the Vendy Awards, New York's biggest love letter to street food, hit Industry City for a day-long feast of nearly 25 street vendors feeding a grateful crowd. Lines were waited on, tacos were eaten, and the venerated Vendy Cup for best street food of the year was awarded once again. Here are the highlights.
Take a look inside New York's only Neapolitan pizza truck, one of the rookie finalists up for this weekend's Vendy Awards.
Years ago, on a trip home to Buenos Aires, owner Ariel Barbouth found inspiration for Nuchas in the empanadas that are ubiquitous there but largely absent downtown. He launched the first Kiosk in Times Square in 2011 and last summer took the show on the road with the Nuchas truck. Through it, he serves many varieties of hand-held snacks, including empanadas filled with short rib, shiitake curry, or seafood.
Although Malaysian food is gaining a growing foothold in New York, Mamak, which launched back in April, is one of the first to bring rendang to the city's street food scene.
An Italian sandwich truck with sliced-to-order meat and cheese from Di Palo's? Sign us up.
In addition to the typical corn-based Salvadoran griddle cakes, this pupusa star is doing some incredible things with plantains.
When we, as diners, talk about how delicious a plate of street food can be, it's easy to lose sight of just how tenuous the career of a street vendor—especially an immigrant street vendor—is. For this brief moment, the Arepa Lady reminded me that for those who come to America to make a new and better life for themselves, cooking (even saintly cooking of national infamy) isn't necessarily the life they have in mind.
Toum, a Lebanese food truck that's been making the rounds on 46th Street in Midtown, Prospect Park, Dumbo, and Tribeca, makes wraps good enough to right every sad wrap that's ever wronged you.
New York has a long history of great diners, so it's only fitting that we should have a food truck like All-American Diner. It's literally a diner on wheels.
The typical profile of a street cart vendor is of an immigrant looking to make it in the overwhelming world of New York City. The typical profile of a food truck vendor is middle to upper class American looking to test the market before opening a brick-and-mortar. The men behind one of Midtown's most popular food trucks, Uncle Gussy's, are neither of these. Instead, they're a mix of both.
On Saturdays and Sundays from April to late October, street food and Latin American food lovers of all stripes flock to Red Hook Park's ball fields to savor foods from the legendary Red Hook Food Vendors. Since 1974, vendors have operated on the edges of the park on Clinton and Bay Street. But this year is different. In the words of veteran vendor Marcos Lainez from El Olomega Pupusas, "This is the beginning and it could be the end."
Veronica's Kitchen is now a cart beloved by Wall Street office workers craving the spicy flavors of Trinidad for their day's lunch. But for Veronica Julien, opening the cart involved more than hard work—it called for divine intervention.
This Dominican street vendor doesn't do the best cooking in the Bronx, but it offers a reasonably tasty burger-like sandwich for the under-$5 price.
Like most diners, the menu at the All American Diner takes a certain commitment to read. A lot of that devotion will be spent on the sandwich section, in which there are nearly 30 options. Unlike most diners, though, this one's on wheels.
There's a street vendor on East Kingsbridge Road selling some expected fried items, but a far better option is one of her sweets: moist and dense sweet potato cake, creamy corn pudding, and more.
The holidays seem to have us on the go more than usual. There's holiday shopping, tourist-herding, and all the general end of the year craziness that keeps us running around. But that's okay—it's just one more excuse to eat some of the awesome street food this city has to offer. Here are our favorites.
New York is not a strong tamale town, which is all the more reason to head to Mott Haven for some of the best in the city.