Street Food

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The Taste’s Guest Mentor: Roy Choi

By Heeseung Kim | January 23, 2014

L.A. Son by Roy Choi

The theme on the fourth episode of The Taste is Street Food. It’s a genre of food that has rapidly gained prestige in the U.S. over the past few years. Street food in America is no longer restricted to hot dogs and halal carts (not that there’s anything wrong with those, especially when that halal cart is Famous Halal Guys on 53rd), and its more exciting iterations have become much beloved by eaters on the go. Tonight’s guest mentor is Roy Choi, who knows a thing or two about revolutionizing street food. Roy put his food truck, Kogi BBQ, on the streets of L.A. in 2008, serving $2 tacos with Korean-barbecued meat. People didn’t know what was happening at first, but they knew it was good. And then the chase for flavor was on. Read More


Uptown Brasserie and Street Food at JFK

By | March 6, 2013

Marcus Peppers

Photo: Monika Sziladi

Terminal 4 at Kennedy International Airport just got a little tastier. Opening Fall 2013, we’re happy to announce the opening of Uptown Brasserie and Street Food by Marcus Samuelsson. A new food and beverage program with elevated dining options at the most important airport in the world, we’re proud to join Danny Meyer and Nancy Silverton (among others) to help provide an unparalleled dining experience to the 11 million travelers flying in and out of JFK and the expected 15 million travelers by 2014. Read More

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Quick Bites of the Big Apple

By Diana Tsuchida | July 30, 2012

Lunch Hour NYC exhibit

Treat yourself to a midday break with a quick walk around Lunch Hour NYC at the public library, going on now through February 2013. The free interactive exhibit will satiate foodies and history buffs alike, leaving visitors to gawk nostalgically at the price of a slice of pizza in 1980 (it was 60 cents, by the way) while reading up on the fascinating traditions of peanut butter and how salads became a diet food. Check out pictures from the exhibit, including a recipe from New York’s first vending machines. Read More

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Fighting for Red Hook’s Food Vendors: An Interview with Cesar Fuentes

By Justin Chan | July 12, 2012

Red Hook Food Vendor

Red Hook street vendor

Although Hispanics constitute the smallest demographic in Brooklyn’s Red Hook, one area of the neighborhood has been home to a significant number of Latin American food vendors. Since 1974, these vendors have served athletes and pedestrians who gather at the Red Hook Ball Fields, earning the vendors the nickname, “Ballfield Vendors.” Read More

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When Hunger Strikes: The Evolution of the NYC Lunch

By Allana Mortell & Diana Tsuchida | June 27, 2012

The Automat

The Automat

The New York Public Library is exhibiting a bit of dining nostalgia that highlights the one meal that fosters an accessible form of eating out–lunch. Because workers on every level need the necessary energy pick-me-up, the lunch hour still remains the one time that you can dine together with your “work family” for an allotted amount of time. It’s defined by speed, cost and efficiency, as reflected in the several lunch deals peppered throughout the city and the vendors who come to satiate hungry employees. The newest exhibit at the NYPL is Lunch Hour NYCa fantastic showcase of the evolution of the lunch meal over 100 years. From the quick lunch to old school vending machines, the exhibit encourages viewers to be leisurely with their time and take an interactive walk-through. Read More


Street Food In Pictures

By admin | April 13, 2012

Take Away

If it’s not obvious yet, I’m obsessed with street food. To me, street food is where the essence of a culture can be found. While the high-end restaurants in every country can show off their finest, it’s the home-cooked meals and vendor finds that can be a real window into a people and their daily lives.

I’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel to many places across the globe and I try to experience a particular city or country like a local does. All of the street food I’ve encountered inspired me a few years back write a cookbook in Swedish called Street Food, where I feature easy recipes inspired by street eats from all over the world. All of the photographs in the book were taken by my friend Paul Brissman and while you may not understand the text (unless you speak Swedish, of course), just the images alone are stunning and can motivate anyone to hit the road to try a new cuisine. Read More


Five Dollar Food Challenge: “Fataya” at Patisserie des Ambassades

By Jeannette | March 30, 2012


By: Justin Chan

Harlem has always been known for its soul food, but many immigrant communities are diversifying the neighborhood’s food culture. Mexican and Cuban restaurants have flooded Spanish Harlem, while halal stands occupy busy roads and hope to draw in some potential customers. Food in Harlem, contrary to popular belief, is not one-dimensional. In fact, it is far from it.

While Latin and South Asian foods have always been popular cuisines in the city, I decided to look for something more in tune with the neighborhood’s African roots. Harlem, after all, has been home to the African American community for decades, so it was only fitting that I looked for a spot that closely reflected its heritage. As I wandered through the neighborhood for an hour or so, I passed by several restaurants that offered many different kinds of cuisines, but none seemed to serve anything that I could buy for my Five Dollar Food Challenge.

My journey seemed hopeless until I made my way down Frederick Douglass Boulevard and arrived at 118th Street. At that point, I had finally reached a restaurant, or rather a cafe, that served cheap yet delicious grub. Patisserie des Ambassades is a small and deceivingly upscale Senegalese eatery that differs from nearby holes in the walls in its decor and atmosphere. Read More


Five Dollar Food Challenge: Indian Halal at Desi Food Truck

By admin | March 27, 2012

Desi Food Truck

By: Michael Engle

In previous installments of the Five Dollar Food Challenge, I visited El Aguila and La Isla, two Spanish Harlem outlets that serve authentic Latin comida.  This time, I opted for a completely different experience.  Having recently given Tweat It a whirl, I learned that Desi Food Truck, featuring authentic halal Indian cuisine, was relatively close by in Harlem.  With a “paper Abe” in hand, I made the westward trek to Broadway and 113th in order to meet up with Desi Food Truck.

All of Desi’s offerings are reasonably priced.  While there are several $5 possibilities from this truck, the most expensive menu item–the non-vegetarian combo meal–will only set you back $9, including a soft drink!  Read More


Top 3 Online Tools for Food Truck Hunters

By Michael Engle | March 26, 2012

Photo: Carl MiKoy

Photo: Carl MiKoy

It is certainly true that technology (not just the iPhone) has changed how we find restaurants, order delivery, and even shop for groceries. But what about street food? Have you ever wondered whether it’s possible to keep tabs on your favorite mobile food vendors?

The answer, especially in New York City, is a resounding “YES!” Because mobile eating and mobile phones go perfectly hand-in-hand, it is quite easy to locate your favorite food trucks. After all, wouldn’t the food truck want to Tweet its temporary location in case of construction? Whether you are a NYC resident, a commuter from Connecticut, Long Island, or New Jersey, or simply a tourist who wants the best meal and New York experience $5 can buy, here are our recommendations to keep NYC’s food trucks under your thumb! Read More


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Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More


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