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]

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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

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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

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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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Pad Thai Redeemed

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Finally, a pad thai that kicks your ass.


Pad thai is one of those dishes to be instinctively avoided. Even at great Thai restaurants, the cooks switch into gringo mode and turn out an indifferent heap of pale rice noodles that's invariably bland and way too sweet. But then last Friday evening a group of revelers, after bar-hopping in Williamsburg, stumbled on the Rhong-Tiam cart at the corner of Bedford and Metropolitan, which rose up from the thick fog like an apparition.


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A Look at the Winners: 2012 Vendy Awards

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On Saturday, food lovers lined up on Governors Island for the Vendy Awards, an annual street-food celebration and benefit organized by the Urban Justice Center. The non-profit works to support city vendors, providing access to licenses and advocating for vendor rights.

This year's judges included Food & Wine restaurant editor Kate Krader, the Das Racist crew, and chef/TV personality Eddie Huang. Below, a look at the winners plus a few highlights:

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The Story of Tlaycoyos

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Patty's Taco Truck's fully loaded tlaycoyo


Tlaycoyo, from an Nahuatl Indian word, is a central Mexican street food consisting of an oblong slab of masa dough that has been stuffed with a layer of crushed beans and cooked on a comal - a flat or sometimes slightly concave griddle.


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