Thursday, January 24, 2013

New York City Food Wagons

Phil, our NYC leader affectionately refers to the hot dogs we can buy on every corner in the city as "Dirty Water Dogs".  Not a very appetizing name for an American Favorite!  He goes on to explain that the food trucks are inspected and graded and licensed as the restaurants and are perfectly acceptable to buy from.  They are certainly the bargain of the city, both for a quick drink and a quick bite to eat.  We were struck by how they foods in these carts has evolved beyond hot dogs and pretzels.  

 Falafel and Gyros are always favorites.  But there are a variety of waffles and crepes to be found.
It is difficult to walk by the Cupcake Lovers truck!  They all look so pretty and tasty!  As a matter of fact, we didn't make it past the cupcake lovers truck... the youngest delighted in being able to each select a cupcake... small, medium, or large... we opted for the medium cupcake at $2.50 each instead of the large priced at $4.50.
Ice cream is a classic... more popular in the summer months than in the dead of winter, I'm sure.


But I had to stop for the classic New York street food.  Steamed chestnuts!  Only available in the winter months these are served in a brown paper sack, are easy to peel and offer steamed, nutty flavor.


Bernideen said...

Chestnuts roasting....on a cart in New York....let's all sing

relevanttealeaf said...

What a fun post! I wish I lived close enough to visit NYC often.

Linda at Friendship Tea said...

My guys have to eat at least one hot dog on the street on every trip to NYC. It's been several years since I was there when the Chestnuts were roasting. I can smell them now.

lemonverbenalady said...

Roasted chestnuts, a favorite of The Herbal Husband. I think the cupcakes would be a problem for me! Thanks for sharing your adventures. xxoo LVL

Marilyn said...

I have not had steamed chestnuts, but dream of having them from a street vendor someday. Portland has every know food you can imagine from food carts, it is quite the business and a way for small businesses to test the market and gain a following before opening a brick and mortar restaurant.

Angela McRae said...

Wow, those trucks do offer quite a variety! Now all they need is an "Afternoon Tea" truck and they'll have all their bases covered!