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

MISCELÁNEA, 63 East 4th Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue), East Village

For most people, it’s not so difficult to find time to eat lunch between 11:30am and 4pm. Unfortunately, I’m not most people. And so I kept missing the sandwiches at the new Mexican provisions shop Miscelánea. They closed their kitchen at 4pm.

I had been by a number of times trying to get some food, but I was always too late. One afternoon I found myself in the East Village and I needed some sustenance. That’s when I realized I had ten minutes to get myself to the little shop on 4th Street. (more…)


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

SADLY, MAYAHUEL IS NOW CLOSED.

MAYAHUEL, 304 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue), East Village

Tonight’s the night that everybody goes out drinking. Or stays in drinking. But the point is, everybody is drinking. Some call New Year’s Eve “Amateur Night.” I think it’s a good excuse to gain a greater appreciate for some of the best cocktail bars in town.

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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…
Tacos al Pastor at EMPELLÓN AL PASTOREarlier this year, a temple to my favorite taco filling opened up in the East Village. There’s no better combination than marinated spiced pork and juicy tart pineapple. Empellón al Pastor specializes in these tacos (and others) and does it the traditional way – by shaving the pork off a rotating spit, just like the Lebanese immigrants did that introduced this preparation to Mexico. Price: $4

EMPELLÓN AL PASTOR
132 St. Marks Place (at Avenue A),
East Village
(646) 833-7039
empellon.com/al-pastor

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.

Every year in addition to the usual category, the Vendys give us something a little special. This year, they’re quenching your thirst with a category dedicated to the best drinks on the street. Here are the five nominees:

Best Street Drinks: 

Coco & Co.

It’s been hot these last few days and I crave a creamy, sweet, refreshing drink. Nothing’s more appropriate and thirst quenching than coconuts. Friends Luke and Yair ride decorative tiki bikes around Brooklyn and Manhattan offering up fresh coconuts and smoothies. Coco & Co. will make you forget what island you are on!

CoCo & Co. Tea and Milk Most bubble teas are made from powders loaded with sugar and other chemicals. Not Tea and Milk. All their drinks are brewed to order from actual leaves. At their Astoria location or at the LIC Flea, you can customize your drink with mix-in’s like fresh cream, tapioca pearls, chia seeds, or aloe vera. Tea and Milk

Best Juice Uptown

Ever died dreaming? That’s the English translation of morir soñando, the classic Dominican refreshment. The creamsicle-esque drink is made with orange juice, cane sugar, and condensed milk. It’s also the signature drink of Hector Palaguachi who operates Best Juice Uptown in Washington Heights. He also offers blends of fruit and vegetable juices.

Best Juice Uptown Renegade Lemonade Renegade Lemonade is taking a pretty traditional concept and re-inventing it. Even if you’ve purchased lemonade from a stand on the streets, you’ve never had such interesting and seasonal flavors like Watermelon Jalapeño or Pear Chai. Megan Bailey uses real fruits and herbs to enhance her unique lemonade stand. Renegade Lemonade

Catalina’s Champurrado

Catalina Soriano Salas vends from a little cart under the 191st Street subway line. There, she sells tacos, tamales, and traditional Mexican drinks to the Washington Heights community. Here two most popular drinks are arroz con leche (a slightly sweet, breakfast drink made with rice) and champurrado (a warm chocolate drink thickened with masa de maíz). You can also find her family members helping out and her husband runs their nearby juice cart as well.

Catalina’s Champurrado


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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: The Shuka Truck

We have so many trucks selling pizza, Korean tacos, and lobster rolls. But nobody was attempting to make Middle Eastern shakshuka (eggs cooked in tomato sauce) from a mobile vehicle until Josh, Solomon, and Gabriel appeared on the scene earlier this year with The Shuka Truck. The three friends who were soldiers in the Israeli army together are now cooking up egg sandwiches and platters with the traditional red tomato sauce, mixed with hummus, or with their own colorful creations of veggie-laden green or a rich, earthy white sauce.

The Shuka Truck

Dessert of the Year: Butter & Scotch

At their Crown Heights cocktail and dessert bar, bakers Keavy Blueher and Allison Kave pair their inventive riffs on childhood treats (like s’more pies or maple bacon cupcakes) with boozy drinks. Sometimes the booze ends up in the desserts too. Even better. You can also find Butter & Scotch‘s delectable goodies at Smorgasburg on certain weekends.

Butter & Scotch

Market Vendor of the Year: Carnitas El Atoradero

Earlier this year, the food world mourned when Mexican favorite Carnitas El Atoradero announced they would be closing their Bronx eatery due to escalating rents. Immediately fans and customers rallied and owner Denisse Chavez found a new home at Vendy Plaza, where she sells her lovingly prepared homecooked delicacies, and will also be opening a new restaurant in Brooklyn.

Carnitas El Atoradero


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

TACOWAY BEACH, 3-02 Beach 87th Street (between Rockaway Freeway and Beach Channel Drive), Rockaway Beach, QueensTacos started it all. When Rockaway Taco opened on the beaches of Queens in 2008, it was mostly unconquered territory. Sure, the Rockaways had been a beach destination for New Yorkers since the early part of the 20th Century but in more recent decades, younger locals took to the Hamptons or Jones Beach instead for their summer activities.

That all changed because of tacos. Well, mostly because of tacos. Rockaway Taco was the first destination food spot to open near one of Queens’ longest stretch of beaches. And then the hipsters followed. Now you can spend the day, weekend, or summer out in Rockaway Beach and feel like you’re somewhere in between Williamsburg, Portland, and San Diego. In addition to the food, there are now surfing lessons, flea markets, and luxury shops.

Like most New York food-types, I made the pilgrimage out to the Rockaways last season to try those famous tacos. I enjoyed them, but wasn’t ready to move out to the ends of Queens for them. Earlier this summer, Rockaway Taco closed and the owner opened another taco concept in a different location with a more clever name – Tacoway Beach. So another trip was in order.

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