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My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

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Smorgasburg completely overwhelms me. I often stop by at the weekly Brooklyn food festival for a quick cheap bite before one of my tours. But it’s never quick and never cheap. It takes me a long time to navigate the crowds and find something interesting to eat in a sea of overpriced and predictable food vendors. (more…)


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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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My search for the best hot dog in New York continues….

RIPPERS, 8601 Shore Front Parkway (on Boardwalk at Beach 86th Street), Rockaway, Queens

I went out to the Rockaways a few years ago to try the burgeoning (read: hipster) food scene way out on the beaches of Queens. One of the most talked about places is Rippers which sits right on the recently re-opened boardwalk selling burgers, juices, and hot dogs. I was so excited to try it but when I arrived the Department of Health was conducting their annual inspection and the restaurant decided to stop selling food and give their full attention to the inspector.

Is Everyone Wearing Gloves?

Don’t get me started on how asinine it is for the Department of Health to come and inspect a restaurant business that is not running their normal business. Isn’t the point to make sure the restaurant is sanitary when they are actually serving food? I was also quite upset that I had made the 90 minute trek to try the food and no food was available.

This year I returned to the Rockaways for another day of sun, fun, and food. Rippers was thankfully going at full speed and I had a chance to finally taste their hot dogs and burgers.

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Category: Hot Dogs

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.

Sadly, this is the first time in 5 years where I will not be able to attend the annual Vendy Awards. Family obligations will keep me away from New York on September 13. However, I get to experience the nominated vendors up close and personal.

With the help of Turnstile Tours (the company I lead food cart tours for), I’ve been commissioned to make videos on the nominees in three categories (Rookie, Market, and Dessert). That means I personally got to meet the nominees and taste their food. Without the crowds and heat. If you can’t be at the Vendys (like me), you can still experience the nominated vendors through these videos. Here are the first three:

Big D’s Khao Cart

Nominated for Rookie of the Year, Dennis Kum has expanded his food truck into a cart that specializes in Asian rice dishes (khao). Check out some of the mouthwatering food that he serves on 50th Street between 6th and 7th Avenue.

Bolivian Llama Party

The Oropeza brothers are bringing an under-represented cuisine to New York via Smorgasburg and Rockaway Beach. They’re representing their Bolivian heritage by adding modern twists to chola sandwiches and salteñas. A nominee for Market Vendor of the Year

Alchemy Creamery

A group of lactose intolerant friends are making ice cream safe for all dietary restrictions. Their petite cart is nominated for Best Dessert and makes the rounds at Smorgasburg and Governor’s Island offering up dairy-free treats.


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