What springs to mind when you think of the Big Apple? Perhaps it’s Times Square, or a parade of yellow taxis speeding down the way. To us, though, as well as many others, New York City is synonymous with street food. Moreover, it’s home to some of the best corner side carts and food trucks in the whole wide world. Don’t believe us? Don’t take our word for it, then. Instead, snag a bite from one of these five giants of the NYC street food scene. You’ll be singing a different tune in no time.
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The first stop on our street food tour is a legendary vendor located in Washington Square Park. NY Dosas specializes in the titular Tamil treat, made from a fermented batter of lentils and rice. Packed to the brim with vegetables, then paired with coconut chutney and sambar, the cart’s dosas are to die for. That’s not all they offer, though; if you’re in the mood for mouthwatering samosas, or a hearty serving of roti and vegetables, they’re just as capable of satisfying those cravings.
The Halal Guys
When it comes to Middle Eastern fare, The Halal Guys are second to none. What started as street carts on the corners of 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue has since flourished into a successful franchise. All it takes is one taste of their signature dish to understand why; the combo of succulent chicken and yellow rice, all doused with the iconic duo of white and hot sauce, is unbelievably delicious. If you visit one of their locales, you’re in for a little taste of paradise.
Ling’s Sweet Mini Cakes
You know you’re in good hands with a vendor who’s been at their craft for more than three decades. Since 1982, Ling’s Sweet Mini Cakes has been supplying visitors to Chinatown with delectable treats. The morsels—which are technically egg waffles, rather than tiny cakes—taste best with the traditional drizzles of chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Did we mention that you can get a hefty serving of sweets for an astonishingly low price? What’s not to love about that?
If you caught the second season of The Great Food Truck Race, you’ll recognize this fusion eatery on wheels. Korilla was dreamt up by three Columbia graduates, united by their Korean heritage, as well as a love of delectable dishes. The result was an iconic food truck, and a menu featuring the best of Korean and Mexican cuisine being rolled into one. If you can’t decide between a burrito, tacos, or Korean barbeque, hunt down Korilla for the opportunity to savor all three.
Wafels & Dinges
Once upon a time, it was nigh impossible to get an authentic taste of Belgium in New York City. That changed when Wafels and Dinges rolled into town. As their motto proudly states, this street food icon specializes in “good things Belgian.” That not only means crispy waffles smothered in sweet, sticky sauces, but also hot chocolate that’s widely considered the best Manhattan has to offer. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, you’re due for a dose of Belgian goodness.