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Street Food 

 
 
Nothing differentiates New York City more from other American and even European cities than the large number of street food vendors. Street food is very much part of the city, ranging from the humble street carts to the food trucks. Starting with the thousands of hot dog and bagels stands, the street food scene has expanded to offer greater varieties such as tacos, chicken & rice, kebabs, and waffles. Importantly, street foods offer a taste of the city’s various cuisines without bursting your wallet.
Food cart serving hot dogs, New York City

Food cart serving hot dogs by Totya

Between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., the streets of New York City are dotted with street carts serving coffee, croissants, bagels, and Danish pastries. For as little as a dollar, you can get a cheap breakfast comprising of a small cup of coffee and bagel. Most street carts and food trucks begin to serve lunch by 11:00 a.m. and will usually remain open until 5:00-6:00 p.m. and disappear after dark. Lunch meals usually cost between $2 and $8 and for many around $5.
Indian dosas at Washington Square Park, New York City
Indian dosas at Washington Square Park by BOMBMAN

The halal offerings in Midtown Manhattan are legendary offering meals such as falafel, lamb or chicken with biryani rice, kebabs, and shawarma. Well-known halal street food vendors in Midtown Manhattan include Kwik-Meal, Chicken Guy, and 53rd & 6th. The NY Dosas street car is located in Washington Square Park and offers purely vegetarian dishes from South India. Danny Meyer, the famous restaurateur, has a burger stand called the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park and another location in the Upper West Side.

Pizza truck in New York City

Pizza truck in New York City by Jim Henderson

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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