Eating On The Run: The Best Street Food In NYC

On the run and looking for a quick bite? Luckily, you’re in NYC and have hundreds of food vendors at your fingertips! We can help you pick the most delicious vendors and let you know where you can expect to find them.

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For The Best Street Meat: The Halal Guys

Nestled in the heart of Midtown is one of New York’s most famous street food vendors: The Halal Guys. Judging from lines that snake down the block, you can be sure you’re in the best hands when getting premium quality Halal meat, seasoned with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors. The go-to dish here is a steaming platter of chicken or lamb over rice, covered in their signature White Sauce. As if you needed more motivation to go, The Halal Guys are New York City’s #1 most Yelped about business (wow!) and the #3 most Yelped about business in all of the United States. The best $8 you can spend on a meal, on the go or otherwise!

Location: The Halal Guys are located on the corner of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue. You’ll see carts on both sides of the street–pick the one with the shortest line and enjoy! Glenwood residents at The Bristol will love the convenience of grabbing lunch or dinner here.

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For The Best Lobster Rolls: Red Hook Lobster Pound

Despite what many a New Englander may tell you, you really don’t need to leave the city this summer to get your hands on an amazing lobster roll. Nor do you need to go to an expensive seafood restaurant. Instead, head to Red Hook Lobster Pound’s shack on wheels! Rolls come in two signature styles: Maine style, served cold with mayo, or Connecticut-style, served warm with butter and lemon, each stuffed with a quarter pound of fresh Maine lobster. The price tag is a bit steep for street food ($16) but there’ss such a cult following that they easily sell 200 rolls every hour!

Location: While the original location is nestled in Red Hook, Brooklyn, their food truck is available for bookings anywhere in NYC. She’s often seen parked outside of Midtown East office buildings, and the most up-to-date locations can be found on their Twitter feed (

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For The Best Mexican: Calexio

Outside of Mexico itself, California is probably best known for their authentic, high quality Mexican food. And thankfully for us New Yorkers, we have Calexio: a fabulous blend of all the best and freshest Mexican food with a California twist. You’ll be able to enjoy soft corn tacos cradling slow-cooked chipotle pork, hearty bowls of jalapeno cheddar grits and burritos packed with beer-battered fish, beans, rice and Monterey Jack cheese, for a price point that’s lower than Chipotle’s.

Location: There are now carts all over the city, but Downtown residents at Barclay Tower can enjoy their original SoHo cart, located on the corner of Prince Street and Wooster Street.

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For A Classic NYC Breakfast: Bagel Carts

Perhaps most famously of all the street carts are the bagel carts spotted in the wee mornings everywhere in NYC. From Inwood to the Lower East Side to the Upper East Side, you can find one of these carts on every major corner, shelling out authentic NYC bagels and coffee. Coffee is served in the iconic blue and white cups that have become just as much a part of NYC culture as the Statue of Liberty herself. Prices also can’t be beat, small coffees still going for just $1, and bagels $2.

Location: They’re often located near subway entrances, you can’t miss the silver carts stacked high with bagels and breakfast pastries, with the smell of NYC coffee wafting out.

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