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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Food Cart Tour is my exploration of the hard-working vendors feeding NYC’s population every day.

The greatest day in mobile food vending is back. On September 12, the Vendy Awards will take place on Governor’s Island honoring the greatest in New York’s food vending community. Tickets are still available for purchase here. For the next few weeks, I’ll be documenting all of the nominees in three categories.

Rookie of the Year: Coney Shack

We have lots of Asian tacos in New York, but nobody is focusing on fusing the flavors of Southeast Asia with Mexican tortillas. Lawrence Mach has changed that with Coney Shack, his eye-catching truck that started in Coney Island and now travels all through Manhattan with his tacos, quesadillas, and hot dogs.

Coney Shack

Dessert of the Year: Play J’scream What’s the biggest problem with soft serve? It inevitably drips down the cone and onto your hand, making clean-up a mess. The J-shaped cone was introduced in South Korea and is now making the rounds in New York via Play J’scream, where the corn-pop ice cream cones are both drip-free and gluten-free.

Play J’scream

Market Vendor of the Year: Burmese Bites

I wish I had made it out to Queens International Night Market much earlier in the season. It’s a wonderful gathering of the international Queens community and features some of the most exciting and diverse food in the city. Burmese Bites sets up every weekend and offers up authentic dishes like palata (a hand-stretched flatbread with a curry dipping sauce) and shwe taung kaukswe (noodles tossed with chili and roasted bean powder).

Burmese Bites


Category: Ice Cream, Video

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

ICE & VICE, iceandvice.comI first learned about Ice & Vice when they received a Vendy Award nomination for best dessert. They operated out of LIC Flea and Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Those are two places that I had yet to visit since they were both a bit out of my usual route.

Then I got to personally meet the owners Paul and Kendrick when I made a series of videos on all the nominated vendors. They were awesome and the video turned out great, but unfortunately they had run out of most of their popular ice cream flavors on the day of the shoot. I was left with their Mexican vanilla with black sea salt. It was great as far as vanillas go and the salt was exotic and balancing.

But I’m just not a vanilla guy. Especially when Ice & Vice is making flavors like Pork Your Melons (honeydew with prosciutto and white balsamic), Tico Time (guava, chiles, lime, and plantains), and Movie Night (buttered popcorn, raisins, and chocoalte flakes). How can you stick with vanilla when you have options like those?

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Category: Ice Cream

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

DAVEY'S ICE CREAM, 137 First Avenue (between East 9th Street and St. Marks Place), East Village

It frustrates me when I order a scoop of ice cream and after a few licks, it begins to lose its flavor. It may taste like mint on the first few samples, but soon it gives way to the cold and only tastes of cream and sugar (not bad flavors, to be sure). It’s not dissimilar to how bubble gum’s flavor soon flattens out. I want the flavor of my ice cream to last from first lick to last.

I have considered that maybe my tastebuds numb to the cold, but I don’t believe it. I blame it more on ice cream makers who aren’t aggressive (or authentic) enough with their flavors. A heavy hand and real fruits or herbs (as opposed to liquid flavorings) can go a long way.

One thing I can say about Davey’s Ice Cream, the colorful factory in the East Village, is that the flavors really last.

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Category: Ice Cream

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

SADLY, HAY ROSIE CRAFT ICE CREAM IS NOW CLOSED.

HAY ROSIE CRAFT ICE CREAM, 204 Sackett Street (between Henry Street and Cheever Place), Carroll Gardens, BrooklynWhen it comes to ice cream, I’m about as far away from a “vanilla person” as can be. For me, the weirder, the better. I’m always intrigued when somebody attempts to make an ice cream flavor that is surprising and creative. I have vivid memories of an amazing soy sauce ice cream and a killer tomato sorbet. But that also means I’m a tough critic when it comes to those wacky combinations. If it’s going to be weird, it’s got to be really good.

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Category: Ice Cream

I bring my sense of food adventure with me on the road, searching for the most authentic, iconic, and delicious dishes of a different region…

Eat This Vermont

I never thought I’d say this, but if I didn’t live in New York City, I might move to Vermont. I’m sure my excitement and high from my recent trip will subside, but I was amazed at how serious the food is up in this tiny little state. Although it’s the second least populated state in the country, it might be the biggest when it comes to small businesses making thoughtful and delicious food.

We visited some incredible restaurants, forward thinking farms, and shops. All had the same agenda: produce and consume locally. The locavore movement really may have started here, long before it was the hip thing to do. This was the specialty here in Vermont more than any one dish. But I did manage to find some dishes that I wanted to explore and most were better than expected.

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Category: Ice Cream, Travel

My search for the best ice cream in New York continues ….

SADLY, JE & JO IS NOW CLOSED.

JE & JO, 515 West 47th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenue), Hell's Kitchen

There’s a tiny shop called Je & Jo that serves really interesting homemade organic ice cream. I have no idea how I knew it was there since it is nestled deep into west Hell’s Kitchen almost at 11th Avenue. Perhaps I read about it in one of the many food blogs, but I’m not ruling out my impeccable ice cream sniffing nose.

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