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VENDY PLAZA, 1607 Park Avenue (at 116th Street), at La Marqueta, East HarlemLast year I was unable to attend the Vendy Awards honoring the best street food vendors in the city. It’s my favorite day of the year, but unfortunately it also happened to coincide with a big family event in another state.

The event is coming back this Saturday, September 12 and I already have my tickets. Unfortunately, it is sold out so if you have not purchased tickets yet, I’m afraid it’s too late. But there is an alternative. On Sunday (and every Sunday through November), the Street Vendor Project will also be hosting Vendy Plaza.

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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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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


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.

For five weeks, the folks at the Vendy Awards (and the Street Vendor Project) teamed up with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito to host Vendy Plaza with a roster of rotating vendors serving unique and diverse food offerings and music. The goal is to activate the outdoor space that’s part of the public market La Marqueta in East Harlem and gather people from the area and afar. It’s a fun afternoon and the last event (for 2014) is this coming Sunday, November 23.


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