Vendy Awards Finalists Announced

The Vendy Awards, which honor our city's pushcart finalists, have announced this year's finalists, chosen by the nominations of the street-dining public. They are the Biryani Cart of Meru Sikder -- who beat out the popular Quik Meal near his stand at at 46th Street and Sixth Avenue -- King of Falafel Fares "Freddy" Zeidaies (30th Street and Broadway, Astoria); Kenny Lao's Rickshaw Dumpling (various locations, which can be tracked on Twitter); O'Neill Reid's Jamaican Dutchy (51st Street and Seventh Avenue); and Fernando and Jolanda Martinez's Country Boys Taco Truck from the Red Hook Ballfields. The awards ceremony will be held on September 26th at the Queens Museum of Art, where a winner -- chosen by a panel comprised of celeb chefs and "Citizen Judges" chosen by lottery among early ticket buyers -- will be announced.

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