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

THE GOOD BATCH, 936 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill, BrooklynThe Vendy Awards is my favorite day of the year. For the last eight years, I have done everything in my power to attend the festival dedicated to the best street food in the city. Not only is it a full day of eating, but it’s a day to support the Street Vendor Project and their advocacy work in fighting for better laws and rights of street vendors.

I am very invested in the day for many reasons: a) I lead food cart tours for Turnstile Tours, b) we’re sponsors of the event, c) I believe in the cause, and d) the food is undeniably delicious. And in years past, I have spent weeks documenting the nominees through a series of videos.

But this year, because I was in Europe for most of the summer, I was not able to dedicate as much time to meeting and documenting the vendors and their businesses. In fact, going into the Vendy Awards, I was only familiar with a handful of the nominees. Which meant I had to eat from every single one of the 26 nominees in less than four hours.

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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…)


Category: Hot Dogs

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

SMORGASBURG QUEENS, 43-29 Crescent Street (between 44th Road and 43rd Avenue), Long Island City, Queens

I’ve been going to the Smorgasburg in Brooklyn for years now and each time it’s more and more maddening. The crowds are frustrating, the prices are too high, and much of the food is not as good as it used to be. Smorgasburg in Queens is a whole different world.

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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


Category: Video

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: Lil Zeus Lunch Box

Greek street vendors used to be the norm in Midtown, but today there are only a handful left. Newcomers Lil Zeus Lunch Box are bringing the classic gyros and souvlakis back to the streets and the long lunch lines every day prove that people have been missing it.

Lil Zeus Lunch Box

Dessert of the Year: Booqoo Beignets

With Booqoo Beignets, Matt Pace is showcasing a special treat he grew up with in his hometown of New Orleans. Beignets, of course, are the greatest type of doughnuts – light, fluffy, and fresh. He pairs them with some creative sauces, like Chicory Coffee and Creole Vanilla that link back to his home cuisine.

Booqoo Beignets

Market Vendor of the Year: Home Frite

Another classic fried food to dip in sauces are french fried potatoes. Popular Smorgasburg vendor Home Frite hand cuts their spuds and fries them to order. Tossed with an array of seasoning options (salt and vinegar, truffle oil, etc) and served with gourmet dipping sauces (lemon garlic aioli, chipotle ranch, etc), they are an addicting snack that disappears a little too quickly.

Home Frite


Category: Video

Phatty Melt at CHICKPEA & OLIVE

 

Someone finally figured out the veggie burger. Chef Daniel Strong has created a patty made of beets, brown rice, lentils, and mushrooms that is just as juicy and smoky as a beef burger. When it’s topped with lettuce, tomatoes and bacon in the form of thinly sliced charred eggplant on a Sullivan Street Bakery bun, you realize there is something to this whole vegan food movement. Find them at Smorgasburg! 

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