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A la Cart: My Stomach Takes to the Streets

March 1, 2010

It’s a beautiful sunny March 1st. Spring is in the air (if only illusively).  What better day to inaugurate Vamoos’ newest feature?

The El Peluche truck, courtesy of Gourmet

A la Cart will get a taste of New York’s street food culture by hopping to various street carts and food trucks.  Street food in New York is its own highly developed subculture.  Michael Idov at New York magazine explains that:

Until the seventies, the cart business was dominated by Greeks. Now, coffee carts are run mostly by Afghans. Bangladeshis man virtually all fruit stands and most hot-dog carts, though many uptown hot-dog carts are Dominican. The Vietnamese run smoothie carts. Nut carts are manned by Brazilians and Colombians.

Street food vendors must abide by countless rules and regulations, and even have their own awards.

Meanwhile Roger Ebert named Man Pushes Cart one of his top ten films of 2006. The indie film tells the story of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee and donuts from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.

If you, like me, are in the mood to hit the streets but don’t quite know where to begin, New York Street Food is your go-to website with up-to-the-minute updates (yes, of course these tasty trucks tweet) about where the food is, where it’s going, and what’s fresh.

Looks like I just missed my window to get fresh macarellas (coconut macaroons) and brownies of the StreetSweets truck.

But on the upside, a quick perusal of the website reveals that there is no shortage of offerings for every taste and price-point- from true grease to gourmet.

Sweet.

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