New York City has some of the best restaurants in the world, but the foodie landscape of the Big Apple is changing with the rise of some mighty street feasts over the past few years. But can these cheap street eats compare to gourmet fine dining? The answer is yes! HostelBookers, the budget travel specialist, has compiled a list of 50 tips of the best tasting street food throughout the city.
From juicy lobster served from a truck to Sichuan wontons in Queens, there are budget but gourmet eats for every taste. If you have any tips get involved and Tweet YOUR top tip using #NYCFoodFight
To get you going here are 7 street vendors on the list.
Warning: The following images may cause serious drooling!
1. Tortas Neza
Head to Roosevelt Avenue in Queens and on 11th St. you will find the Mexican food truck Tortas Neza. Pictured above is the most famous option, the Puma. The Puma, (named after the owner’s favourite football team) is a gigantic family affair of meats and cheese in a grilled bun. Hmm, Adam Rickman (Man vs Food) would be proud! The tacos are pretty impressive here as well.
2. Luke’s Lobster
Luke’s Lobster truck – also known as Nauti – can be found in various locations around the city. The Maine style rolls are all made with sustainable seafood and it’s rated in Zagat – true gourmet on the go! You will find the best lobster, crab and shrimp rolls glistening with lemon butter and Luke’s own secret spices. Find the truck by following its Twitter @LukesLobster.”
3. Dos Toros Taqueria
Dos Toros Taqueria was started up by two brothers from San Francisco who moved to New York City and couldn’t find a decent taco. So what did they do? Create their own street truck full of Mexican fare of course! Try a Pollo Asado (grilled chicken) or Carne Asada (grilled steak) taco or burrito filled with rice, beans, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Get all this for under $5!
4. White Bear in Flushing
The best wontons in New York can be found at the White Bear in Flushing, with their incredibly delicate skin wrapped around juicy ground pork topped with pickled greens and a dash of chilli oil. The owners don’t speak English but not to worry if you don’t speak Chinese – to sample these tasty parcels, just ask for the No.6!
5. Milk Truck
Milk Truck produces artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches like the Milk Truck Classic made with aged Wisconsin Gruyere on Balthazar Levain Pullman Bread and the Ham and Cheese with Neman’s ranch applewood smoked ham and Vermont aged cheddar. They’ve been voted one of the Top 5 trucks in New York and won the best breakfast cook off on American breakfast show Good Morning America. Well if they can prove it on live TV then you know they must be good!
6. Martin’s Pretzels
Think pretzels and you think New York! However it’s not about the carts on every street corner, it’s about one truck in particular – Martin’s Pretzels, at the NYC Greenmarket in Union Sqaure. Crunchy, flavourful and plump, their handmade pretzel (also known as the “Pennsylvania Dutch” or “beer” pretzel) is one of their most popular. The pretzels are so tasty, they’ve even been mentioned in The New York Times, Vogue and by the queen of food herself, Julia Child!
7. Wafels & Dinges
Fancy a Belgian waffle with ice cream and beer? Head to Wafels & Dinges, with trucks based near 1st Avenue and Wall Street, they change locations throughout the day. We think our trip to NYC just got even sweeter!
For more tasty treats and tips check out The New York Street Food Guide and if you are looking for some accommodation whilst in the big city, click here to see a great list of chic hotels.
Editor’s Note: All text and pictures are provided by Hostelbookers.com. Thanks to the bloggers and food vendors listed for the images.