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Food Trucks!

April 16, 20242 min read

We kind of feel like New York City invented the food truck, right?

Pretzels and hot dog vendors have been around for forever. (And, yes, we love us a dirty water dog!) But these days locals and visitors have a huge variety of street food to stuff their face on while exploring the city.

Here are a few of the best in Manhattan:

Birria-Landia has several locations; the closest to the hotel is on East Houston Street and 1st Avenue. This truck specializes in Tijuana-style birria tacos. (Birria is a traditional Mexican stew made from slow-cooked, crazy-juicy goat, lamb or beef in a rich and flavorful red chile broth or consomé.) Along with the tacos, Birria-Landia serves yummy mulitas and tostadas.

Bodega Truck is the only chop cheese truck in the city. Chop cheese is a mouth-watering bodega sandwich consisting of seasoned ground beef, onions and cheese scooped into a soft hero roll and topped with ketchup, lettuce and tomato. The truck has several variations on the classic, along with bodega fries, a gooey chopped cheese mess served on top of french fries. You can follow them on Insta to find their location.

The Halal Guys on 6th Avenue and 53rd Street is the Midtown go-to for lovers of chicken and gyro over rice and falafel sandwiches. (There are other locations in the city.) The truck has become a street food institution around these parts, and there's inevitably a line, but the grub is well worth the wait.

Wafels & Dinges has been a New York staple since 2007 because, well, waffles! The waffle-makers slather all that doughy goodness with dulce de leche, maple syrup, nutella or spekuloos, an insane type of cookie butter. You can find their carts in Herald Square, Bryant Park, Union Square, the American Museum of Natural History and the Flatiron district.

Save Mr. Softee for the kids. Grownup New Yorkers crave the complex flavors of Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches. Think blackberry ginger, Thai iced tea and pistachio-truffle ice creams sandwiched between red velvet, snickerdoodle or double chocolate cookies. Oh. My. God. Follow them on Twitter to track them down.

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