New York City is filled with countless types of cuisines available to the ultimate foodie and bold food explorer. What makes New York City so great is that it's the largest, most diverse melting pot in the world. This diversity comes with amazing food. Street food has become very popular in the food scene, and there's a diverse amount of street food in the five boroughs. You don't have to travel abroad to taste food from other countries.
The Halal Guys
The quintessential street food that has become an icon in New York City is, of course, The Halal Guys. This street food truck has become part of the NYC experience. You can't go wrong with gyros, gyro plates, and kebabs. Although some halal food vendors are more authentic than others, The Halal Guys is probably the most popular and closest to Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food you can get.
The rice The Halal Guys serve is tasty, with a lovely orange color. The spices on the meats are delightful, and the number of available sauces is very convenient. Anyone visiting NYC who needs their Middle Eastern food fix should visit their nearest The Halal Guys street food vendor, pronto!
Mr. Khao Man Gai
Mr. Khao Man Gai
When I think of street food, Thai food comes to mind. For those who enjoy Thai flavors, Mr. Khao Man Gai is one of the best Thai street food vendors in New York. It may even be better than some of the Thai restaurants in the city. They serve three types of chicken: steamed, grilled, and fried.
Any choice of chicken comes with delicious ginger rice and sauce. Their most popular dish is steamed chicken over ginger rice with ginger sauce on the side. The chicken is incredibly tender, and the sauce has just the perfect flavor. The two combinations marry well together. Not to mention, each order comes with a bowl of soup! Who doesn't love free side dishes with their meal? In all honesty, the menu options are simple, but every ingredient is executed well. You know you're getting authentic Thai street food when you take a bite.
Harajuku Sushi and Crepe
The Harajuku Sushi and Crepe street food truck is another must-try in New York. Their rice crepes are so light and fluffy. What's great is they offer savory and sweet options served in a cute crepe cone. For sushi lovers out there, Harajuku Sushi and Crepe have many options other than sushi in the traditional way.
The Japanese know street food and are experts in making their cuisine inventive and a decadent form of art. Their menu items are meant to impress your eyes and tastebuds! Sushi burritos, sushi burgers, and sushi sandwiches are served at this street cart.
Tacos El Tri
Tacos El Tri
If you're craving 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 fresh. It's served on two soft tacos with fresh guacamole and cilantro. Tacos El Tri also serve other delicious items like tostadas, tortas, cemitas, and quesadillas. All of their foods are authentic and well-portioned. Who doesn't want to be transported to a beautiful Mexican resort with just one bite of a street taco?
Are you interested in trying South Asian cuisines? Tong is a Bangladeshi or Bengali/Indian street food vendor with unique and authentic meals. The most popular menu item they serve is called "Fushka" or "Panipuri." It's a snack that is round in shape, hollow, deep-fried crispy crepe with a mix of savory, sweet, and spicy flavor.
The filling consists of tamarind chutney, potato, onion, chickpeas, chili, and chaat masala. The Fushka at Tong comes with a delicious spicy sauce you dip the tasty snack in. They also serve beef biryani, chai tea, and other authentic dishes. Tong allows you to taste exotic Bangladeshi street food flavors without needing a passport to get there.
Terry and Yaki
Terry and Yaki
Terry and Yaki is another Halal street food truck with Asian fusion. If you love teriyaki, this street meat cart is for you. Their most sought-after menu item is the chicken teriyaki bowl with pickled carrots, Chinese broccoli, tender chicken, and drizzled teriyaki sauce with spicy mayo on top.
They also top the bowl off with a sesame seed garnish. Other options include a chicken teriyaki salad bowl, a vegan tofu bowl, and sweet potato fries. All ingredients are fresh and prepared to perfection. Terry and Yaki food truck has something for everyone.
Tamales y Elote
Tamales y Elote street food cart is a gem if you love Latin American food. There are choices of tamales filled with chicken or jalapeño and cheese. You also have the option of getting the chicken tamale spicy. Elotes, which are ears of corn served with mayo, cheese, and lemon juice with hot pepper on top, are popular.
Not only are Tamales and Elotes delicious, but they are perfectly priced between $1 - $2 each. Where else can you find authentic Latin American food that tastes good, is ready in minutes and is incredibly affordable? Only in NYC!
The possibilities of street food options in New York City are endless! For both New Yorkers and tourists alike, there's no need to eat at expensive restaurants to enjoy many exotic cuisines. The most unique and delicious food is usually found at street food carts. If you want to experience life-changing food, it's definitely possible in the city that never sleeps!