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Best Street Food in New York

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Biryani Cart

Meru Sikder started the Biryani Cart to bring the delectable food prepared with the perfect blend of spices from the Indian subcontinent to the streets of New York. The food is mixed well with spices and flavors but is not too pungent, making it perfect for the American palate. A regular will tell you that the chicken biryani is undoubtedly his favorite, making it worth a try. You also delve into their wraps made with pita bread but filled with Indian curries. If you are traveling in the midtown area the aromas of Sikder's biryani will draw you to the cart.

New York, NY, United States
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The Halal Guys

Starting out as a humble food cart more than a decade ago, The Halal Guys today has become somewhat of a street food icon in the bustling Manhattan metropolis. Originally targeted at night-owls and workers looking for cost-effective food at unearthly hours, the food stall today attracts New Yorkers in droves thanks to their ever-popular chicken and rice with a dash of their spicy sauces. Falafels, pita, gyro and a few other choices complete the limited menu. As the name suggests, all of the food is halal. Though available at limited times during evenings and through nights, The Halal Guys have managed to give the busy intersection of 53rd Street and 6th Avenue, a heavenly aroma and food identity of its own.

New York, NY, United States
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Wafels & Dinges

Wafels & Dinges is a small company that has food trucks throughout the city plying wonderful waffles all topped with delectable dinges, or toppings. This food stand is located right in front of Central Park at Grand Central Plaza. They usually have a large selection of waffles to create and you are sure to find one that is either sweet or savory. Sometimes the combos might be a little daunting, like the Sprussels from Brussels, which is a waffle served with Brussel Sprouts covered in Vermont Maple Syrup and Bacon, but if veggies need not apply, you are sure to find all the classic toppings for whatever suits your palate.

New York, NY, United States
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Tacos El Bronco

New York is notorious for its lack of authentic Mexican food, but there are still a few bright lights to be seen through the darkness, and Tacos El Bronco is one of them. Those willing to make the trip to Sunset Park will be rewarded with delicious tacos, tortas, burritos and platos heaped with juicy meats, beans, rice, tortillas and more. There is also a kids menu and a decent selection of snacks, appetizers, salads, hamburgers and seafood. Tacos El Bronco also has a few food trucks which can be found around the area, always with a small crowd waiting to gobble up these delicious foods.

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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Gray's Papaya

Ask a New Yorker where to get the best hot dog, and chances are good the answer will be Gray's Papaya. This legendary hot dog joint serves up long, filling hot dogs heaped to your taste with delicious toppings like, carmelized onions, sauerkraut and chili. If you're wondering why Papaya is in the name, they also serve up a great selection of fruit juices, including papaya. If you're looking for a way to fill your belly quickly on the Upper West Side without emptying your wallet, head to Gray's Papaya.

New York, NY, United States
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The King of Falafel and Shawarma

The King of Falafel and Shawarma is not self-proclaimed royalty; the food stand has been the recipient of awards like the Vendy and People's Choice. The King caters to both vegans and meat lovers. The falafel, made with Freddy's mother's secret spices, is a vegan treat. If you want to grab a bite on the run, the chicken wrap and shish kebabs are for you; if a complete meal is what you want then you should definitely go for the chicken platter. This food stand really is the undisputed king of falafel and shawarma.

New York, NY, United States
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Nathan's Famous

Home of the Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, Nathan's Famous has been serving mouth-watering hot dogs since 1916 at its landmark location in Coney Island. What started as a nickel hot dog stand has grown to a nationwide franchise, but hot dog aficionados swear that no other hot dog can compare to the original Nathan's! Maybe it's the sea air or the old-school atmosphere; no one knows for sure, but one bite into these crunchy all-beef dogs will win over the greatest skeptic. The fries (with or without gobs of cheese or chili) are to die for!

Brooklyn, NY, United States
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