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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

The Vendys is just days away. Tickets are still available for purchase here. It’s seriously the greatest day of the year. In anticipation, I’m producing short videos on each of the nominated vendors. Here are four more nominees:

The GoGo Grill

Down at the southern tip of Manhattan, two friends decided to re-invent street food for any dietary restriction. The GoGo Grill always has a huge line at Bowling Green for their weekday lunches of salads, burgers, falafel, eggplant, and more. And everything is homemade, including the English muffins used for the sandwiches.


Zha Pan Asian

I already wrote about these amazing Asiancini (Asian rice balls) last week. But now meet the guys behind the concept. They’re inventive (and delicious food) has earned them a Market Vendor of the year nomination.

Dough

This is a bold statement, but I truly believe Fany Gerson and the crew at Dough are frying up the best doughnuts in the country. They’re large, yeasty, airy, and just incredible. I normally stay away from dough bombs, but these Dessert nominees are impossible to resist.

Shanghai Sogo

Benjamin Wang has worked at high end restaurants like Nobu before bringing his concept of fresh, restaurant-quality Asian tapas to the streets of New York. Shanghai Shogo turns out fresher food than you find at most restaurants. They’re a Rookie of the Year nominee.


Category: Video

Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

ZHÁ PAN ASIAN, Hester Street Fair, Lower East Side

My friend Steven Luw told me a while ago about a brilliant concept he had. Steve is a fellow food blogger and food truck enthusiast and wanted to open up a truck with this groundbreaking dish. That was well over a year ago now.

Well, fast forward through a lot of hard work, quitting his corporate job, a weekly pop-up at Zucker Bakery, and Steve is in business with his friend Heezy Lee. It’s taken me a while to actually get a chance to try their food at Hester Street Fair, but I can now say wholeheartedly that Steve was right. His idea was brilliant.

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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

BÚN-KER, 46-63 Metropolitan Avenue (between Woodward Avenue and Onderdonk Avenue), Ridgewood, Queens As food bloggers, we always dream of discovering some place new to share with the world. With the media being what it is, it’s hard to be the first to write about and gush over an undiscovered restaurant. The most successful are those who hang out in the far reaches of Queens and Brooklyn. Or in the case of Bún-ker, somewhere right in between.

I certainly can not take credit for discovering this place (there are lines out the door every night and it’s been covered by every NY food publication at this point), but I sure wish I could. I first read about it (like most people) in NY Magazine’s Cheap Eats issue. It was the first time I had even heard of a destination in Ridgewood, Queens. Since then, it seems everybody and their mother has taken the L train to Bushwick and then walked through a post-industrial area just to try this highly praised Vietnamese food.

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

In the last few years, a brand new cuisine has been created that I (and most of NYC) like to refer to as “hipster Asian.” There’s a definite kitschy, hipster vibe to these restaurants that are all located in trendy neighborhoods like Soho or Red Hook – unlike the no frills Asian joints located in ethnic enclaves in the outer boroughs. Also, many of these chefs are white Americans who have spent some time in Asia falling in love with the cuisine. Now they’ve brought it to us and these five dishes are an argument for why this city is better for it.

NUMBER 20: TOFU RIBBON SALAD at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Tofu Ribbon Salad at YUNNAN KITCHEN

Somewhere between a spicy pasta dish and a cooling herb-loaded salad, is this plate of tofu ribbons. Inspired by the Yunnan region of China, the food at this Lower East Side restaurant is hip, authentic, and delicious. The long strands of tofu in the salad have a nice toothsome chew and sop up the bright dressing of spicy chilies, sweet tangy red onions, and loads of fresh mint and cilantro. If you can’t decide between pasta, salad, or vegetarian food, this is the dish for you. Price: $11

YUNNAN KITCHEN
79 Clinton Street (between Rivington and Delancey Street),
Lower East Side
(212) 253-2527
yunnankitchen.com

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For the fourth year in a row, I present the 100 most exciting dishes I’ve consumed during my food adventures around the five boroughs. Look for another five dishes every few days.

There are very puzzling moments in my life where I contemplate becoming a vegetarian. Truthfully. But then I have a bite of some smoked brisket or grilled pork and I immediately come to my sense. These five dishes have kept me carnivorous this year.

NUMBER 25: FIVE SPICE PORK at MOO SHU GRILL

Five Spice Pork at MOO SHU GRILL

Street meat is a term most New Yorkers know well. It usually refers to griddled lamb or chicken minced up into little chunks. While the spices can make them taste delicious, this year a brand new truck brought a whole new flavor to street meat. Moo Shu Grill comes from experienced street meat experts who previously worked for Bian Dang and Korilla BBQ. This underrated truck offers up rice bowls and moo shu wrappers stuffed with their extraordinarily flavorful and moist proteins. I especially fell for the five-spice pork which is a blend of pork shoulder and belly marinated with a sweet and salty hoisin sauce and then caramelized to a beautiful char. Topped with a bright and smoky ginger aioli, it’s the beginning of the street meat renaissance. Price: $9

MOO SHU GRILL
Locations Vary
Twitter: @mooshugrill,
(212) 695-5995
mooshugrill.com

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