New York's Best Street Food: Sorry, Restaurants

When you are moving and shaking and moving some more in New York City, you get hungry. You need something you can put in one hand, while your cell phone is in the other, moving your feet at the rapid city pace that is the norm for this part of the country.

What better than street food to fill any suggestions of emptiness in your stomach? While street food was once considered a last choice option, it has arguably become more popular than sit-down restaurants. Food trucks are still on their meteoric rise and before they crash and burn, we would like one more taco, please.

Have some Korean BBQ in an unexpected format with Korilla BBQ. A burrito with kimchi slaw and smokey sauce might not be found on the streets of Mexico, but that is why you are eating in New York City. 

Afterward, track down a sweet treat with a scoop of ice cream at Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. Though this spot now has outposts all over town, there's something romantically nostalgic about ordering a cone or a cup from an ice cream truck.   

No need to leave the pulse of New York's streets, pretty much ever. Get out there and open wide.



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Snowday Food Truck
Photo courtesy of Snowday Food Truck Facebook page


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Theatre District


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Flatiron District
Mad. Sq. Eats
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Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea