Kings of Kobe Brings Crazy Hot Dog Combos to Chelsea

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Jen Mendelsohn
King of Kobe's Classic K
The gourmet burger craze may be morphing into another American classic: hot dogs. The recently opened Kings of Kobe (160 Eighth Avenue; 646-449-8150), a pop-up take-out window on the side of Pounds & Ounces NYC Pub, aims to spread a high-end hot dog and brat brand throughout NYC.

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Where to Find Excellent Mexican Food in Midtown

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Scarlett Lindeman for the Village Voice
The neighborhoods that harbor the evolving Mexican diaspora — the South Bronx; Corona, Queens; and Sunset Park, Brooklyn — often have the richest density of proficient Mexican cuisine, for food tends to follow the demographic. And the cart parked outside of the Mexican Consulate on 39th Street hews to the same axiom, because in midtown, it makes sense to go where there's a concentration of Mexican nationals. The El Jalapeño cart (39th Street between Madison and Park), which has been parking here for just over two years, is currently run by D.F.-eños, cooks from Mexico City, who serve tacos ($2.50), tortas ($7), cemitas ($7), sopes ($3.50), burritos ($7), and picaditas ($3.50) as well as coffee, tea, and the errant crullers left over from the breakfast rush.

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The Cinnamon Snail, Nuchas Claim Top Prizes at the 10th Annual Vendy Awards

Categories: Street Food

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All photos by Adam Robb
The Cinnamon Snail's Adam Sobel before his win at the 10th Annual Vendy Awards
In 2011, Adam Sobel's mobile vegan kitchen The Cinnamon Snail won the Maker's Mark challenge for its bourbon creme brulee doughnuts. In 2012, his seitan street food claimed the People's Taste Award, and in 2013, the Red Bank chef brought the Hero Award back to its New Jersey home after being honored for feeding the storm-stricken shore communities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Saturday afternoon on Governors Island, he finally claimed the Street Vendor Project's sole panel-judged award, winning over local chefs and culinary celebrities like City Grit's Sarah Simmons and Man V Food star Adam Richman, who handed Sobel his first Vendy Cup.

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Luzzo's Designs A New Kind of Street Food Experience

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Courtesy Paola Beretti
Pizza maestro Michele Iuliano stands before the brand new Luzzo's Pizza Cart

In a city where you can't go a block without stumbling into some form of sustenance, it's easy to overlook the street carts. The familiar sight of a twirling pole full of halal meat stuffed inside an aluminum box is appealing, especially after a long night of drinking, but the set-up isn't winning any design awards. Luzzo's chief pizzaiolo Michele Iuliano aims to change that. He's developed a sexy looking street cart with a working wood fired oven that pumps out personal pizzas in less than a minute.

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Broadway Bites: A Pre-Holiday Pause from the Midtown Lunch (or Dinner!) [PHOTOS]

Categories: Street Food

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All photos by Hannah Palmer Egan
Broadway Bites is open from 11am until 9pm daily thorough November 24
On Monday, Urbanspace NYC opened Broadway Bites, a new street fair in Herald Square (Sixth Avenue and 34th Street). With 25 vendors serving everything from pizza (yes, it's Roberta's) to lobster rolls (Red Hook Lobster Pound) to gluten-free vegetarian fare (Two Tablespoons), the market is giving midtowners a respite from the regular desk lunch.

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Battleground Food Trucks: The Candidates on Mobile Eateries

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Scarlett Lindeman
Tacos like these from Tacos El Vagabundo may be endangered with more food truck regulation.
At 2 a.m. on a Saturday, on the corner of East Second Street and Avenue A, there are at least 30 people standing around a Mexican food truck waiting for their $3 quesadillas and $7 burritos. The food truck business, you might think from this scene, is booming. But like every other story in this city, it's not that simple.

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Red Hook's El Olomega Wins Top Vendy

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El Olomega and newly-won Vendy.
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.

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New York's Churro Vendors in Quotations and Pictures

Categories: Street Food

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Hannah Palmer Egan
"In Manhattan it's really hard to sell these. Here too, the police, sometimes they arrest you, and sometimes they threaten you--they say things," says Ernesto, an immigrant vendor who's been selling churros underground for two years.

In this week's Village Voice, I cover the people behind New York's black-market churro economy. Here, I've rounded up more photos and quotations from the men and women behind the scenes.

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Look for Brown Butter Potato Chips at the Union Square Greenmarket

Categories: Street Food

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Ashley King

Fighting through the spring crowds at the Union Square Greenmarket (those are MY ramps!) can induce serious hunger. On your next visit, look out for the bags of salty potato chips at the Mountain Sweet Berry Farm stand, one of the market's best snacks.

The delicate chips, made from German butterball potatoes, are the creation of company founder Rick Bishop, a salt-of-the-earth farmer and favorite supplier for many of the city's chefs, including Dan Barber, Wylie Dufresne, and David Bouley.


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UWS Street Cart Offers Cut-Rate Hot Pastrami Sandwiches

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You read it right -- pastrami sandwiches for only $2.50 each.


A street cart parked at the southeast corner of 72nd Street and Broadway, the crossroads of the Upper West Side, has started outflanking area delis by offering a hot pastrami sandwich at the incredible price of $2.50. Typical pastrami sandwich cost in the neighborhood: $15.


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