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Street Food in NYC

Life Changing Street Food in NYC

New York City is filled with countless types of cuisines available to the ultimate foodie and bold food explorer. The thing that makes New York City so great is that it’s the biggest most diverse melting pot in the world, and with that comes amazing food. Street food has become so popular in the global food scene and sure enough there’s a diverse amount of street food in the five boroughs that hails from all over. You don’t even have to travel abroad to get a taste of other countries!


The Halal Guys

The Halal Guys

The quintessential street food that has become an icon in NYC is of course Halal Guys. It has become a part of NY and the NYC experience. You can’t go wrong with gyros, gyro plates, and kebabs at your reach in just minutes. Although some halal food carts are more authentic than others, Halal Guys is probably the most popular and closest to Mediterranean/Middleastern food that you can get. The rice they serve is also flavor and a lovely orange color. The spices on the meats are delightful and the amount of different sauces they have is also convenient. Also, it’s important to note that the spicy sauce they have, really is spicy! Anyone in NYC who needs their Middleastern food fix should just google where their nearest Halal Guys food cart is and get there pronto!

Halal Guys NYC

Mr.  Khao Man Gai

When I think of street food of course Thai food comes to mind. For those who enjoy Thai flavors, Mr Khao Man Gai (permanently closed due to Covid-19) is one of the best Thai food street carts in NYC. It may even be better than some of the Thai restaurants around! They serve three types of chicken: steamed, grilled, and fried. Any choice of chicken comes with ginger rice and sauce.

Mr Khao Man Gai

Their most popular dish is the steamed chicken over the ginger rice with the ginger sauce on the side. The chicken is extremely tender and the sauce is just the perfect amount of flavor that marries well with chicken. Not to mention, each order comes with a bowl of soup! Who doesn’t love free side dishes with a meal! In all honesty, the menu options are very simple, but every ingredient is executed very well. You just know you’re getting authentic Thai street food when you take a bite!

Harajuku Sushi and Crepe

Harajuku Sushi and Crepe


 The Harajuku Sushi and Crepe street food truck is another must try in NYC! Their rice crepes are so light and fluffy. What’s great is they offer both savory and sweet options that they serve in a cute crepe cone. They also sell sushi! For all the sushi lovers out there, they have many other options other than sushi the traditional way! They serve sushi burritos, sushi burgers, and sushi sandwich style! All of their menu items are just meant to impress your eyes and of course your taste buds! The Japanese really know street food and are experts in making their cuisine inventive and into a decadent form of art!

Harajuku Sushi and Crepe

Harajuku Sushi and Crepe

Tacos El Tri

Tacos El Tri


If you’re craving some yummy authentic Mexican tacos, look no further than Tacos El Tri food truck! They serve your choice of beef, chicken, or pork. The meats are grilled to order, so you know it’s good! It comes on two soft tacos with fresh guacamole and cilantro. They also serve other delicious items like: Tostadas, Tortas, Cemitas, and Quesadillas. All authentic and are all generous sized portions! Who doesn’t want to be transported to a beautiful Mexican resort with just one bite of a street style taco!

Tacos El Tri NYC
Tacos de Beerria by Tacos El TRI

Tong NYC (Bangladeshi Street Foods)

Tong NYC


For those who are interested in trying out South Asian cuisines, Tong is a Bangladeshi or Bengali/Indian street food vendor that has unique and authentic eats! The most popular menu item they serve is something called Fushka or Pani Puri. It’s basically a snack that is a round hollow deep fried crispy crepe with a filling that’s a mix of savory, sweet, and spicy ingredients and flavors. The filling consists of tamarind chutney, potato, onion, chickpeas, chili, flavored water, and chaat masala. The fushka at Tong comes with a delicious spicy sauce you dip the tasty snack in. They also serve beef biryani, other authentic dishes, and even chai tea! Tong allows for you to get a taste of exotic Bangladeshi street food flavors without needing a passport to get there!

Tong NYC

Terry and Yaki

Terry and Yaki NYC


Terry and Yaki is another Halal street food truck that is actually Asian Fusion! Who doesn’t love teriyaki! Their most sought after menu item is the chicken teriyaki bowl that comes with pickled carrots, Chinese broccoli, tender and juicy chicken, and with drizzled teriyaki sauce and spicy mayo on top. They also top the bowl off with a sesame seed garnish. Other options include: chicken teriyaki salad bowl, vegan tofu bowl, and sweet potato fries! All the ingredients are fresh, cooked to perfection, and the flavors are great! This food truck simply has something for everyone!

Terry and Yaki NYC


Tamales y Elote

Tamales y Elote  NYC


For those who love Latin American food, Tamales y Elote street food cart is a gem! Their are choices of tamales filled with chicken or jalapeño and cheese. You also have the choice of getting the chicken tamale spicy or not. I think it’s obvious that everything spicy just tastes better! There’s also elotes, which are ears of corn served with mayo, cheese, lemon juice, and hot pepper on top. Not only are the tamales and elotes delicious but they cost about $1 to $2 each! You can’t go wrong with that! Where else can you find authentic Latin American food that tastes good, is ready in minutes, and costs so cheap?! No where but NYC!


I think we all know that in NYC the possibilities of street food choices are endless! For both New Yorkers and tourists alike, there’s no need to eat at expensive snobby restaurants to enjoy many different exotic cuisines. The best most unique and delicious food is usually found at street food carts. If you want to travel the world in one one day and experience life changing food, it’s definitely possible to do so in the city that never sleeps!

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