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I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

I love bubble tea as much as the next guy but I don’t really indulge very often because it can tend to be ovely sweet and too milky for my tastes. That’s until I discovered Boba Guys, the California import that are making their own tapioca balls and allowing you to customize everything from sweetness level to types of milk. Price Varies.
BOBA GUYS
23 Clinton Street (between Stanton and East Houston Street),
Lower East Side
bobaguys.com

My search for the best dumplings in New York continues….

MIMI CHENG'S, 380 Broome Street (between Mulberry and Mott Street), Nolita
Sometimes I’m wrong – believe it or not. Food blogging is not always precise and many factors weigh in to how I feel about a meal.

So while it’s not always possible to return to a restaurant (there’s always a new place to try and believe it or not, my funds are limited), I do like to sometimes try again at a place that was less impressive to me to see what I may have missed.

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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: Kaya NYC

Gua bao are not new to NYC, yet they continue to grow in popularity as lunchers have discovered they make a fantastic snack or meal. David Li operates Kaya NYC where the gua bao (Taiwanese steamed buns) are loaded with authentic flavors like pork belly, peking duck, and fried tofu. The cart, which hits a few different neighborhoods around NYC, also fries up popcorn chicken and spring rolls.

Kaya NYC

Dessert of the Year: Squish Marshmallows

Everybody loves a marshamallow, especially when it’s roasted over a fire or smushed together with chocolate and graham crackers to form a s’mores. But they are usually loaded with mysterious chemicals and preservatives. Now Katherine Sprung with Squish Marshmallows creates marshmallows that are not only homemade and natural, but also feature unique flavors and textures, like tiramisu and lemon meringue pie. 

Squish Marshmallows

Market Vendor of the Year: YourPanadas

Jon Batista started YourPanadas earlier this summer as a way to bring diverse flavors into the world of classic empanadas (he offers things like mac n cheese and red velvet cake inside the empanadas). While vending weekly at Vendy Plaza, he’s currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to open his own food truck. Help him out and check out his amazing food. 

YourPanadas


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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.

One of the more unique food trucks in the city is Bián Dång which specializes in Taiwanese pork chops and fried chicken. You can have a full-on pork tasting menu when you top your tender pork chop with their special tangy pork sauce. You’ll be shocked at how much flavor can come out of a humble little food truck.

Bian Dang


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My search for the best dumplings in New York continues….

MIMI CHENG'S DUMPLINGS, 179 Second Avenue (between East 11th and East 12th Street), East Village

Certain foods just work better when they’re dirty and cheap. I know that sounds wrong, but after trying the “cleaned-up” dumplings at Mimi Cheng’s, I realize this is so true.

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Now that I’ve eaten my way through somebody else’s list (Time Out New York), I’m ready to compile my own 100 spectacular things I’ve tasted in 2012. Look for another five dishes every few days.

NUMBER 80: CUBANO SANDWICH at BONGO BROTHERS

On the food cart tours I run for Turnstile Tours, I constantly reiterate the surprising diversity of carts and trucks these days. You can get just about anything you could imagine (and some things you couldn’t imagine) from a mobile food vendor – everything from schnitzel to jerk chicken to Chinese-Indian fusion. And every year a plethora of new trucks bring the unexpected to the streets.

Bongo Brothers arrived last year with lots of style and authentic Cuban food. Their pressed Cubano was one of the better versions I’ve tasted with a nice balance between the two types of pork (ham and roasted), sharp melted swiss cheese, tangy pickles and mustard. The warm toasty bread offers a secure, but crusty way of enjoying this authentic sandwich. Cuban street food in New York? Check! Price: $9

BONGO BROTHERS
Various Locations
Check Twitter: @bongobros
bongobrosnyc.com

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