New York Street Food All about food trucks and street food in New York and beyond. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:08:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wanna Make $50 & Enjoy Great Food, Too? Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:05:02 +0000 Food to Eat

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May 5th: Village Voice Choice Streets Food Truck Event Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:21:02 +0000


The Village Voice announces its third round of participants for the fourth annual Choice Streets food truck event on Tuesday, May 5th (Raindate: Friday, May 8th). The new participants announced today include: Domo Taco, Gorilla Cheese, Ponti Rossi and The Treats Truck for a total of 12 trucks to date.


These food trucks will join the previously announced participants: Big D’s Grub, Korilla BBQ, Langos Truck, Snowday, Solber Pupusas, Sweet Chili, Valducci’s Pizza, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s and many more to be announced.


The event will feature an array of 20+ handpicked food trucks from all five New York City boroughs, and will take place from 7:00PM – 11:00PM at The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86.


This year’s Choice Streets will feature three tiers of ticket options – the VIP ticket ($85) will allow guests a full VIP Hour beginning at7:00pm plus a gift bag, the Early Entry ticket ($65) will allow guests entry into the event at 7:30pm for a half hour preview and the General Admission ticket ($55) will allow guests in at 8:00pm. For more details on this year’s three ticket options, visit:   


Set amid the backdrop of the New York Landmark, The Intrepid, attendees will feast on Pier 86 and enjoy an evening of fabulous food, complimentary drinks, free tours of the Intrepid ship and an amazing view of New York City. In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, attendees will be able to enjoy live music from Mariachi Flor de Toloache – New York City’s first and only established all-female mariachi band – along with other festive surprises.
All guests will be presented with an exclusive tasting passport to gain access to over 20 of the city’s favorite and highly sought-after food trucks. The Choice Streets passport will allow guests one (1) sample* from each food truck and will be stamped as they sample at each truck. Alcoholic beverages will be unlimited for all guests (all guests must be 21+).
Choice Streets will be accepting volunteer applications until April 24th to assist The Village Voice team on-site at the event. All volunteers will receive a free general admission ticket to The Village Voice’s 5th annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival onSeptember 26th. To apply, you must be 21 years or older and fill out this application, here:
This year, the Village Voice will be teaming up with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Streets, with whom a portion of the proceeds will be shared. Sponsors of the 2015 Choice Streets food truck event include: Stella Artois, Shock Top, Rums of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Tourism, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Califia Farms, Caleb’s Kola, Whole Foods Market, Green Mountain Energy, Enterprise Ride Shareand Verizon.



The Village Voice’s 4th Annual Choice Streets Food Truck Event
DATE: Tuesday May 5th, 2015 (Raindate: Friday May 8th, 2015)
VENUE: The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum | Pier 86
   W. 46th St. and 12th Ave., Manhattan, NY
TICKETS: On sale –
       General Admission Ticket – $55 | Early Entry Ticket – $65 | VIP Ticket – $85 
TIME: VIP Hour: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Early Entry Preview: 7:30PM – 8:00PM
General Admission: 8:00PM – 11:00PM


For the latest on “Choice Streets” please have a taste here:


About Village Voice Events: 
The Village Voice has independently produced and created such celebrated events as the Choice Eats, Obies Awards, 4Knots Music Festival, Choice Streets, Holiday Spirits, Brooklyn Pour, as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, and Fall Preview guides. The Voice is New York’s most influential must-read alternative newspaper in print and online. For more information on the Voice or its events, please visit us online at
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2015 Great Street Meet is Upon Us… Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:27:06 +0000
Just received the following from the Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center.
Dear friends of the Street Vendor Project,

There is only one week left until the event we’ve all been waiting for: the 2015 Great Street Meet! Please join us for an evening of food, drink, music, and festivities to celebrate New York City’s street vendors and to raise money to support to work of the Street Vendor Project.

The Great Street Meet will be on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South. There are still tickets left for the event. They start at $60 and can be purchased here.

If you can’t make it, there is an option to sponsor a ticket for a vendor and/or make a donation to the Street Vendor Project, and we’d be very grateful if you could help out in this way.

At this year’s Great Street Meet, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will present the first Stepladder Award to Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery, a beloved New York institution that started out selling from a pushcart in 1890.

Get your ticket for the Great Street Meet today!

We look forward to seeing you on April 21 at Judson Memorial Church.

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Food Trucks Wanted for Queens International Night Market Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:32:57 +0000 The Queens International Night Market is seeking new and established food vendors and artists to participate in its inaugural 2015 season, starting in just two weeks, on April 25th.

Although NYC doesn’t have a night market (yet), the concept of night markets is a very familiar one in other parts of the world, including Asia, Latin America, Africa, and parts of Europe. And the concept is increasingly familiar in North America, as night markets have been popping up in many major cities, such as LA, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Vancouver, and Toronto.

The organizers of the Queens International Night Market are hoping to showcase over 100 vendors, with approximately half of the stalls reserved for food vendors.

It is launching on April 25th and will operate on at least 16 Saturday evenings through the spring and summer. It will be held outdoors at the New York Hall of Science, part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, from 6pm until midnight.

The Night Market wants to highlight as much of the cultural and ethnic diversity of NYC as possible through casual and affordable street food. Apparently there are an overwhelming number of Asian food applicants, and the organizers are pushing hard for more Latin American, South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European participation to stay true to the international theme of the vision.

Organizers are unsure how many food trucks they will be allowed to accommodate because of space and permitting concerns, so are encouraging vendors to step out of their trucks and under some tents. Tents are being included with the $100 nightly food vendor fee – the fee is $30-50 for artists and retailers. Access to venue-provided electricity and large advertising displays are extra.

The Night Market is trying to differentiate itself by charging lower vendor fees (often a fraction of those charged by existing markets), and asking vendors to help pass those savings on to visitors. The organizers are trying to maintain a $5 price cap on most food items, hoping that this will attract thousands of visitors from a price-sensitive consumer base, while also encourage more sampling from different booths.

There is no minimum commitment, although vendors offering underrepresented street foods and those who apply for more dates will be given priority.

Major press presence (including three of NYC’s biggest media outlets) is expected on opening night.

The Queens International Night Market represents a chance to become a part of a fun, unique, and exciting new cultural event, while also generating great publicity for its participating vendors.

More information and the vendor applications are available on their website:

They can also be reached at:

Email: vendor [at]
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Chris’ Curbside Cuisine: Wafels & Dinges Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:05:44 +0000 WafelsDinges_lead

Every last one of us, whether we’re honest about it or not, will answer their internal call for some sort of comfort food. It’s the kind of food that can bring back memories from your childhood, or food that can get you through a rough patch in your day.

And with that in mind, I ventured out on one of the first days of spring despite the downpour into the Flatiron District for some comfort food that would take my mind off of the dreariness that hung over the city. For many of us, waffles qualify as a prime go-to comfort food. As luck would have it, I didn’t have to venture too far to find Wafels & Dinges posted up in front of Mario Batali’s Eataly Cafe located a stones’ throw from Madison Square Park.

I hadn’t gotten food from them in ages, and I wanted to see if they still had that comfort food magic I remembered from my last visit.

Wafels & Dinges has become a steady part of the New York City food landscape, doling out thousands of freshly made Belgian waffles from their fleet of trucks since 2007. (They commemorate this origin point with a whimsical anecdote about their first-ever NYPD traffic ticket complete with photo on the site.)

With quite a few prestigious achievements under their belt that include winning ‘Best Dessert’ at the NYC Vendy Awards in 2009, Wafels & Dinges has steadily brought this cool Belgian dish to happy people in the boroughs.

Today, I wanted to try their famous waffle that beat world-renowned chef Bobby Flay on his TV show, ‘de Throwndown Wafel’. I stepped up to the cart and could smell the heavenly aroma that only warm Nutella can emit and grabbed one to go.


In that first bite, I got why de Throwndown Wafel was a champion of desserts.

The waffle itself was fluffy in a delectable way, but very filling. Served with two heaping dollops of whipped cream and their famous ‘spekuloos’ spread, the Throwdown literally melted with each subsequent bite I took.

For the curious, the ‘spekuloos’ comes from spiced shortcrust biscuits that are made during the holidays in early December throughout Belgium as well as the Netherlands and parts of Germany.

The Throwdown Wafel costs you $7, and if you want to really go crazy, you can opt for a variety of toppings, or ‘dinges’ to go with it with the first one being on the house. My pick? Belgian chocolate fudge. Other topping choices include dulce de leche, syrup and Nutella. You can even snag a scoop of vanilla ice cream to adorn your waffle for an extra $2.

Now, Wafels & Dinges doesn’t stop here. They also give a nod to Mexican cuisine with their Chilli Con Corne, a seasonal offering that’s composed of a corn waffle laden with heaping servings of chili, cilantro and sour cream. As far as drink choices to complement your waffle, you can go for the usual coffee or tea with the option of having a vanilla or hazelnut shot for about two dollars or try their Belgian hot cocoa which will run you $4. Or if you’re just going to go full-on dessert bomb style, grab one of their specialty shakes. At $8, you can pick from vanilla, chocolate or go with the spekuloos shake.

To find a Wafels & Dinges truck, make sure to check out their website as well as their Twitter account for up-to-date locations and times throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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Where is the Love? Mon, 30 Mar 2015 02:46:05 +0000 It’s a quarter to two and the last joule of energy from my noon lunch and bit of motivation to look at another report has been exhausted. A quick glance at the computer screen shows that my whitepaper on cloud computing has been hijacked by a page long sentence of “h’s;” the product of my heavy eyes and fat fingers drowsily pressing against the keyboard. It’s usually at this point that I decide whether to drink a cup of watered down French Vanilla from a Flavia machine, or coffee from one of the many Starbucks’ or Dunkin Donuts colonizing New York City. But on this particular day I wanted something different—coffee that’s neither mechanized nor corporatized. So I ventured around the Financial District and found Love Coffee, a burnt orange colored food truck parked on Wall Street that serves, as the name suggests, coffee.

Love Coffee offers a variety of drinks including vanilla and chai lattes, mint, caramel and hazelnut mochaccinos, caramel cappuccinos, and the standard drip brew, all of which can be served either hot or iced in a Lotta (16oz.) and Whole Lotta (20oz.) size. But because it’s hard to write a review after just one drink, I visited Love Coffee over three days to get a better flavor of what they offer.IMG_3968

The Love Hazelnut Mocha:

On my first visit to Love Coffee I bought a Lotta sized Love Hazelnut Mocha ($4). Although it was a little watery, the mocha wasn’t a syrupy mess or highly concentrated with sugar unlike the ones that I drank at other coffee shops. Instead, I found my drink to be a well-balanced taste of mocha and hazelnut, which made it the ideal pick-me-up after lunch.

The Red Eye:

The term “red eye” refers to the red eyes that form on a person who lacks sleep; and having spent 12 hours working at my client the day before, I needed a drink with a kick to keep me focused for what would inevitably become another long night at work. On my second visit to Love Coffee I ordered a Lotta sized Red Eye ($3), a simple drink that consists of coffee and a shot of espresso, the latter ingredient that provides the “kick. The Red-Eyes that I’ve had from other places had a bitter aftertaste, but Love Coffee’s Red-Eye was surprisingly smooth. As for giving me energy, I ended up working until 10PM that night, and coupled with a few brisk walks around the office floor, the Red-Eye did its job of keeping me up.

IMG_3963The Espresso:

I admit that I know little about espressos, in fact there was a time when I referred to the concentrated shot of coffee as an “eXpresso,” but that’s a story for another review. Being light on cash for my third visit, I ordered a Lotta sized espresso ($2) without sugar, and took in a mouthful of the bitter and strong coffee. Without any cream or sweetener, the espresso had a formidable taste that I admit, I’m not experienced enough to thoroughly enjoy. Nevertheless, I’m sure coffee connoisseurs can appreciate the complexity, aroma and strength of Love Coffee’s espresso.

Love Coffee imports its beans from Columbia, Italy and Costa Rica, and roasts them locally in Brooklyn. To try Love Coffee, visit its trucks on Wall Street, in front of the Museum of Finance and in 1 Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Monday-Friday from 6:00AM-5:30PM. Love Coffee also has coffee shops on Steinway Street in Astoria, and 115th Pleasant Avenue in Harlem. Check out Love Coffee on Twitter as well.

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March 29th: Mac Daddy 2015 Smackdown Tasting Competition Thu, 26 Mar 2015 01:31:05 +0000 Attention all mac and cheese lovers!

The Mac Daddy tasting competition is going down this weekend at OPENHOUSE.

The annual classic will feature entries by the following contestants:

  • Almond Tribeca
  • Big Daddy’s
  • Atwood
  • The Stand
  • FAME

Mac Daddy is presented and organized by the same folks behind the Big Cheesy tasting competition that celebrates the all-American grilled cheese sammich! Mac Daddy is divided into 7 different one hour time slots. Your ticket permits you entry to the specified one hour time block.

Tickets will run you $30 a piece and can be ordered here! Each ticket entitles those 21 years and older two beers compliments of Goose Island.

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Verdict: Go to Gogo Grill? Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:29:09 +0000 Although the Gogo Grill sounds like some contraption Inspector Gadget uses to cook food while flying on his Gogo Gadget Chopper, the Gogo Grill is actually a lunch cart located in the Financial District that serves a unique variety of foods.

With vegetarian and meat options to cater to the desires of all stomachs, I chose the Battery Burger—a quarter pounder with lettuce, onions, pickles and Swiss cheese (there is an option for cheddar cheese as well), with some house-made ketchup and aioli; all served on an English muffin that the Gogo Grill makes from scratch.Gogo Grill Battery Burger #2

For a flat $7 (cash only) I got a hearty burger garnished with fresh condiments. While the burger could have used more flavor, the aioli and ketchup provided a unique taste that made up for the burger’s lack of seasoning. Before choosing to lunch on the Battery Burger, I considered eating the Garibaldi ($7), Gogo Grill’s take on a pulled pork sandwich that many veteran Gogo-goers I spoke with swore was delicious. The Gogo Grill’s vegetarian options include a naan wrap with falafels ($6), and a grilled eggplant sandwich ($6), both of which can be turned into salads if the Kale Salad ($4-6) on the menu didn’t sound appetizing already.

The Grill also has daily specials, one of which was a turnip soup with Swiss cheese.

Open Monday through Friday, from 11:30AM – 3:30PM, the Gogo Grill is located on Bowling Green Plaza, sandwiched between the beautiful National Museum of the American Indian, and the famed Wall Street Bull. It’s also conveniently located near the Staten Island Ferry, making the Grill easily accessible for those looking for a quick lunch between their commute.

Gogo Grill Battery Burger #3Just as a caveat to those looking to go to the Grill, be wary of a line; being that the Grill is popular with New Yorkers working in the Financial District, I found myself waiting behind 4 other people despite having come to the cart at 1:30PM.

The Gogo Grill provides a filling lunch at a surprisingly low cost, with all menu items costing less than $10, including a side of 4 falafels for $3 and house-made sweet potato chips for $2.

Visit the Gogo Grill’s website to scan the menu, to find a recipe on how to make their delicious English muffins, or to inquire about their catering services. Also check out the Gogo Grill on Facebook and Twitter pages to see daily specials and announcements about changes to their schedule.

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Two Tablespoons Announces Kickstarter Campaign Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:55:43 +0000 Two Tablespoons – NYC-based vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free street food vendor starts a Kickstarter campaign to help them open their first permanent location.

Editor’s Note:

The following release was submitted to New York Street Food and as friends of the street food/food truck community, we are passing this along to you.

Two Tablespoons, a beloved vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free street food vendor based in NYC, will launch their first permanent location in May 2015. They will open a stall at NYC’s newest food market which will be located in the Grand Central Station area and will become a major food destination in midtown.

Two Tablespoon’s Facebook Page

Two Tablespoon’s Twitter: @twotbsp

Previous Blog Entry about Two Tablespoons


Two Tablespoons just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them raise the last bit of the necessary funds in order to have a successful opening. Their goal is to collect $25,000, which will help them buy necessary equipment and cover design and construction costs.

Two Tablespoons have been in street food business for three years and have established themselves at such famous NYC’s markets as Mad. Sq. Eats, Bway Bites and Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. At the markets they presented inspired and tasty seasonal concepts like the Summer Rolls and Glass Noodle Salads in the summer, the Gluten Free Mac & Cheese in the fall, and the Hearty Bean Chilies and Loaded Potatoes in the winter.

Food by Two Tablespoons is wholesome, nourishing, pure, and creative, and inspired by various world cuisines. They do not use any processed ingredients like imitation meats or cheeses. They cook with the finest organic vegetables, legumes and grains, and do their best to source locally whenever possible.

Getting a wholesome vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meal in midtown Manhattan is a challenge for many working professionals and residents of the area. Two Tablespoons are planning to change that and they need your support! Please check their Kickstarter campaign for more details and help by pledging and spreading the word.

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Fresh Meat Ordered Online Sun, 22 Feb 2015 06:46:37 +0000 fresh meat


The growth of e-commerce has been steady since the pioneers launched their websites. Once consumers recognized that effective steps were in place for protecting customers’ private financial details they relaxed and took advantage of the convenience the Internet provided. It was easy to sit at home and buy the things they wanted. Days later they were delivered to the door; no queues. It took a little longer for shoppers to be convinced about buying perishable items but even here a combination of excellent delivery systems and convenience has started to increase the size of spending in this sector.


When it comes to food products, one of the growth areas is fresh meat. Websites that have committed themselves to informing their visitors about the range of products they have available and the origin of their meat have found a positive response from consumers. After all, there have been many questions in recent years about whether consumers are receiving accurate information from the food industry.

The popularity of halal products is also growing. There is a significant Muslim population in the UK that wants this anyway. The increased variety of international cuisine available in the UK means that diners are eating halal by the very nature of the restaurants they are patronizing. Similarly, those travelling abroad to many countries around the Mediterranean will find it is the only alternative available.


There are companies offering halal online and they are happy to discuss their products with anyone that is interested. The challenge is to devise a packaging system that will ensure the meat is in peak condition when it arrives to the customer. The meat is chilled not frozen and will arrive in that same condition for immediate use. It can also be frozen for the first time if necessary, but is it really worth stockpiling meat? A further order can be placed days later and the meat will once again arrive fresh.


Anyone that may take some convincing should simply do a ‘trial run’ and see whether the promises offered by suppliers match up. Companies that understand the meaning of service and the need to establish and retain a good reputation are very likely to deliver. There is surely nothing more convenient than having fresh good quality meat delivered to the door. Perhaps you are planning a BBQ or a dinner party with friends? The knowledge that you have a reliable meat supplier that has never let you down is reassuring. The only challenge then is to make sure your culinary skills match the quality of the meat.

The food industry is facing a few challenges at present but there are companies that are no longer under the microscope precisely because the service on offer stands up to scrutiny.

Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap/

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