If you're super tired of the out of town NFL takeover of Bryant Park, Broadway, and any other patch of walking space in the more touristy swatches of the city, we feel you. Here's a look at a few local events that have nothing to do with football.
As businesses continue to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, Robyn Hillman-Harrigan is using the aftermath of the disaster to bring her community to a new level entirely: The Rockaway resident set up the Shore Soup Project in the days following the storm, building a makeshift kitchen and food delivery ... More >>
Drink up at Randall’s Island
This weekend the 2013 Vendy Awards, known as "the Oscars of street food," corralled 28 trucks and tables into Sunset Park's Industry City for a marathon of gormandizing before naming New York City's best mobile cuisine purveyor.
Walking down Roosevelt Avenue, you spot the boxy edges of a vehicle at about 67th Street. As you move closer, its form emerges out of the dark, a stationary white truck with big block letters that spell out "Tacos Mexicanos, Cuatro Vientos." You groan.
Be swept away by the coolest poets today
A new literary festival is here
This is either a clear sign that City Council is starting to realize that New York is becoming a street food metropolis more and more every day or that a mayoral race is quickly approaching. You may have noticed over the past few months a particular sign plastered on street vendor carts across the ... More >>
Not cool, weather. Literally, it is not cool. In fact, it's bitter cold. It's colder than a [insert body part of fantastical Winterland inhabitant here]. I said, brr it's cold in here, there must be some lingering Arctic air in the atmosphere!" Get used to these jokes because it's going to get even ... More >>
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The Afro-Punk festival storms Commodore Barry Park
[See More Events: Free Pickle, Mustard, and Herring Ice Cream at Ripley's | Le Fooding Has Big Plans for Brooklyn] Jaguar (yes, the car brand) is hosting a snow-globe/ice-skating/free food-truck event starting today, August 16 to August 18 under the Highline. Called Chill NY, the event will host ... More >>
Monday, August 13 Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented With Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. The proprietors of Baked in Red Hook will be showcasing their recipes at the New York Public Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free. Sunday, August 19 Third Annual Ice ... More >>
What if these establishments were moved into a food court -- with art and seating? I'm aware of all the arguments in favor of food trucks: 1. They allow entrepreneurs to start restaurant businesses with far less cash than a storefront requires. 2. They cost virtually nothing, rent-wise (though o ... More >>
Telegraphing its greenness, the St. Louis food truck Lulu's Local Eatery is ready to sell you a sweet potato falafel. [See More Food For Thought: What 'Belongs' in Harlem? | 12 Careers Created or Transformed by the Age of Foodism | Live Feed From Tokyo: Ramen at Ippudo] Just how green can food tr ... More >>
Bring your thirst to the waterfront
LuckyRice Festival 2012 is a week-long line-up celebrating Asian food and culture. Currently in its third inaugural year, the event has an impressive roster of celebrity chefs and personalities from ethnically Asian Masaharu Morimoto, David Chang, and Anita Lo, to other big industry names like Danie ... More >>
Laine DossChef Rocco DiSpirito's new food truck, called "Now Eat This" after his series of recipe books, has recently started serving New Yorkers nutritious comfort food. DiSpirito says his way of prepping favorites such as meatballs, enchiladas, jambalaya, and brownies shows that good-for-yo ... More >>
Moroccan Meatball Hero with Mint and Ricotta SalataIf you haven't yet made it to Mad. Sq. Eats, you have until Friday before the Madison Square Park street-food extravaganza comes to a close. Chef Ty-Lor Boring, of Almond restaurant (12 East 22 Street), who will also compete in the upcoming s ... More >>
David Byrne's Tight Spot The Pace Gallery/The High Line Thursday, September 15 Better than: A designer pop-up shop. In just about any other context, David Byrne's Tight Spot would be breathtaking. Installed under the High Line tracks on 25th Street, just west of 10th Avenue, it is hard to ... More >>
PB&J feed your head
Really, we just wanted an excuse to search for adorable dog photos.It's been yet another... interesting week for food trucks.
Gordon Ramsay is trying to revive his struggling restaurant empire in the U.S. with a deal with Caesars in Vegas to launch three restaurants. [NY Post] A look at the lineup for the food-truck lot in Queens: Kimchi Taco truck, Taim, and Andy's Italian Ices one day; Eddie's Pizza, Desi Food, a ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Crayfish Festival Aquavit August 8-12 and 15-19 Swedes have been eating crayfish since the 16th century. But you don't have to be Swedish to celebrate Aquavit's ann ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg is at odds with the Health Department over letter grades on food carts. He wants them, but with just 20 out of 100-odd inspectors assigned to mobile vendors, there aren't enough resources to grade the city's 5,100 street-food carts. [NY Post] Major food corps may have pledged ... More >>
Food trucks are soooo passé. You can barely walk down the street without hitting one with your fancy new handbag! Since we as a city do not sit and stagnate (unless it's today) but instead ebb and flow like the sewage-filled tides, there is a new entry in the truck camp. There are vibrator t ... More >>
States like Alabama and Florida are adopting limits on the authority cities have to ban unhealthy foods. [Time] Food authorities in Australian and New Zealand are warning citizens against consuming a new coffee that claims to perk up people's sex lives. [Herald Sun] A new study suggests th ... More >>
Ladle of LoveAnother food truck has left Manhattan, and this time, the police have absolutely nothing to do with it.
On second thought...Today the Times confirms what we've sort of suspected for awhile: people are hating on food trucks. In this case, "people" is the NYPD.
Rebecca MarxA big, fat ice cream sandwich from Coolhaus. Come the end of May or thereabouts, we more or less live on a diet of frozen dairy and other icy foodstuffs. It's part Darwinian survival strategy and part hedonistic appreciation for anything that can be eaten from a cone -- preferabl ... More >>
Rebecca Marx Want an easy, surefire, and inexpensive way to make a spectacle of yourself? Track the Coolhaus truck to a location in midtown. Make sure the temperature is at least 88 degrees F and the sun is at its ornery peak. Order one ice cream sandwich, which will come to you adorned with ... More >>
Sbarro, which recently announced it might file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is now considering a sale instead. [Nation's Restaurant News] Prague is getting on the foodie bandwagon, as it gears up for the Prague Food Festival, which will feature cuisines from around the world. [NY Times] A new ... More >>
Almost two months after announcing the launch of its new cookbook imprint, McSweeney's is accepting pre-orders for its first title, Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas From an Improbably Restaurant. Written by Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, it's both a compendium of recipes from the po ... More >>
Rebecca MarxA few days after we remarked upon the flowers bedecking its facade, Souvlaki GR has opened to the public.
Rebecca Marx When we wrote Our 10 Best Vegetarian Street Foods round-up last week, we hadn't yet been able to make it to the Kimchi Taco Truck. But now that we have, we'd like to make its tofu edamame falafel tacos an honorary member of the canon.
Eddie Huang divulges his favorite picks for Chinatown eats, including Shanghai Cuisine on Bayard and Oriental Garden on Elizabeth. [NY Post] Cupcake Stop, Taco Truck, and Desserts Truck are among food trucks getting permanent addresses at brick-and-mortar locations. [NY Post] Taco Bell has ... More >>
Following in the tire tracks of Calexico Carne Asada, the Dessert Truck, Cupcake Stop, NYC Cravings, the Treats Truck, and, most recently, Souvlaki GR, Schnitzel & Things is opening a storefront.
Little businesses with a lot of soul
It's quite a watershed week for numbers-obsessed diners: Zagat released its 2011 New York City survey today, and tomorrow, the Michelin Guide 2011 will be inflicted upon the public.
First lady Michelle Obama hosted spouses of world leaders at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, where a lunch of ingredients from the farm and from the White House garden was served. [AP] The King of Falafel won best vendor and People's Choice at the 2010 Vendy Awards. Fares (Freddy) Zeideia can usua ... More >>
We test out the snack shacks
Rebecca MarxGuerrilla Ice Cream's political-statement confections are nominated The Vendy Awards will be held September 25th, and although the savory finalists have already been revealed, today the Street Vendor Project organizers announced the five dessert vendors that will compete for the b ... More >>
Copyright the Treats TruckKim Ima, with numerous caramel cream sandwiches. Yesterday, Kim Ima, the sparkly proprietress of the Treats Truck, spoke with us about everything from cops who like cookies to why being a food truck owner can sometimes feel like being a three-card monte player. Today ... More >>
Some people in L.A., where restaurant letter grades have existed for some time, apparently seek out eateries with a B or C grade, as that usually means great, authentic ethnic food. [NY Daily News] Just as Taco Bell launches its new Carnitos Tacos, the chain is being linked to two multi-stat ... More >>
Pratt Grad Student Ali Pulver is a woman after our own heart--she's dedicated her thesis to solving the problem of where to comfortably eat your street food. How about a portable hydrantable? She's also designed mini-trays with strong magnets that attach to any street sign or scaffolding. Ch ... More >>
Food vendors go head to head
Drinks historian David Wondrich dreams of his last meal