Street food, fast food, good food?

Bagels, pretzels, hot dogs and pizza may have defined New York’s fast food scheme in the past, but nowadays there is so much more to choose from. If you get hungry while running from one meeting to another, there is no need of stepping into a crowded, air-con freezing Mc Donald’s (Or Wendy’s, or Dunkin’ Donuts, which seems to be all over the place) to get re-fueled.

Cheap hot dogs, kebabs, and so much more – everything halal (and/or kosher)

Some of the street food stalls are not the healthiest of the bunch, but there are also some alternatives to the pieces of who knows what meat.

People with food restrictions are not left to die of hunger in the streets

Not really that hungry? Have some munchkins, then.

Nuts for nuts

Craving for something sweet instead?

Belgian wafels and dingels (whatever that means).
Cupcakes in different sized and flavors, always topped with different sorts of frosting.

If the mind and body can be satisfied with something else than solid food, solutions can be found on the streets.

Juices, smoothies, shakes – add protein for extra health boost!

If juice is not enough to relieve you from the heat, there is a better ailment. The following are not stalls, but trucks.

Yogo is supposedly healthier than ice cream, unless you go nuts with the toppings!
One of the many different ice cream trucks that drive around. Mr. Softee is probably the most common truck (not pictured).

In addition to these more traditional choices, the New York streets are roamed by food trucks selling bit more upscale, or at least exotic, dishes.

Phil flips his steaks right in front of you.
Peruvian fusion – no grilled guinea pigs on the menu?
Japanese tacos, whose logo is a samurai bean? Works for me!

By the way, all these pictures were taken during one walk in one afternoon! I can hardly imagine how many different options there are in total. I’ve heard rumors about food truck get-togethers, that sound interesting.

I did forget to take a picture of one of the many newspaper/magazine kiosks that sell snacks, and one of the fresh fruit stalls. This weekend I was also treated to an original “ices”, shaved ice with syrup on a cup. The thing melted within minutes, even though I am pretty fast when it comes down to that. Coming up: short introduction to all the ice cream stalls that are everywhere!


3 thoughts on “Street food, fast food, good food?

    1. What country are you from? In Finland we usually just have this kind of “trucks” (they are not always actually cars, but similarly structured) near market squares, and they are open only when the market is open. The trucks sell pretty much only sausages, rolls filled with cheese and ham, and meat pastries. Sweet selection consists of pulla, donuts and danish pastries. Drink options are coffee, water, or milk/juice in a small plastic/carton container. In Tampere, the speciality is black sausage with lingonberry jam, washed down with 1% milk.

      1. I’m from the Philippines. If you are familiar with one of our famous fast-food chain, Jollibee, and one of our mode of transportation, the jeepney, well they actually combined the two and called it JOLLIJEEP. 🙂 They sell street foods famous here in the country, affordable rice meals, refreshments and others. 🙂


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