Vendy Award Finalists Announced

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It's that time again. On Friday, The Street Vendor Project announced the four finalists for the Vendy Awards. This year, the battled ends us being between Jackson Heights against Soho/West Village.

And the finalists are: From Queens, Pieded Cano, better known as "The Sainted Arepa Lady," for her Colombian-style corn arepas, and Samiul Noor Haque of Sammy's Halal.

And from Manhattan, Calexico, a new, hip Tex-Mex cart in Soho, run by three brothers from the California border town, Calexico, and Thiru Kumar, a/k/a "The Dosa Man." Kumar was a finalist last year.

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The judges: Mimi Sheraton, former N.Y. Times food critic, Lauren Spirer, food critic at Gothamist, and Jennifer Berg, director of the food studies program at NYU.

The winner will be decided in a cook-off on October 22nd. Ticket info, etc. here.

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