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Street food: Point me to something new

I'm still fond of the carts along Roosevelt Ave. and the Red Hook vendors, but I'd like to know what else is out there that's not tied to a festival, like the Indonesian food bazaar or the West Indian Day Parade. Are any of the vendors near the Parade Grounds, in Brooklyn, worth a trip? (My one visit, on a Saturday, would suggest no.) Is there still action near the cricket games in Lincoln Terrace Park (Tuesdays and Thursdays, last I read)? How about Webster Ave. in the Bronx, or Richmond Hill in Queens, or anywhere in Staten Island? And though this is the outer boroughs board, if you know of an interesting and undiscovered street vendor in Manhattan, all power to you, but please tell us.

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  1. Wow. I'll bet that most of the posters here look to you to find something new here. Well, I'm 98% sure that you've probably had them, but I'll throw it out anyway. As I haven't been there in a while, still not sure if it's going on. But H-Mart on Northern and around 150 and H-Mart on Union had a couple of small street stands outside of their market. As I've only been there on weekends, may be perhaps a weekend thing only. A couple of my favorite things out there are bungeoppang and hotteok. I really don't like Korean desserts in general. Give me some macarons and chocolate cake any day! But I'll make the exception for these two treats. Bungeoppang are a Korean version of taiyaki (fish-shaped hot cakes filled with sweetened red bean paste). The shells are lighter, thinner and crisper than the Japanese version (which tend to be more cake-like). I like it when the dough is slightly undercooked as it makes the innards more creamy. Apparently, according to my mom, it was the food of the poor in Korea as it was one of the cheapest things around there. And hotteok is really delicious. I used to eat it a lot in LA. It's kind of like a wheat flour/sweet rice flour griddled pancake stuffed with peanuts, cinnamon, and brown sugar (and perhaps butter?) inside. It's served warm, and the filling gets all warm and gooey and the outside is crisp, buttery and chewy at the same time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bungeoppang
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotteok

    1. Not sure if it’s worth a special trip, but there’s a Schnitzel Truck that’s been parking on Smith Street (bet Warren & Baltic) near the Met Food. I don’t know there schedule and have yet to try it, but when I walked it smelled really good and some other posters have given it decent reviews. If you’re near the F train it’s only a block or two walk from the Bergen Street station exiting on Warren.

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      1. re: MShapiro

        Find out where the truck is every day via its Twitter page:
        http://twitter.com/schnitzeltruck

        1. re: Puppimus

          Do you happen to know the truck's hours of operation?

      2. Thanks, all!

        I was hoping to hear about trucks and carts rather than stands set up outside their brick-and-mortar motherships, but I had a look at the Union St. H-Mart anyhow. On a Thursday, shaved ice was pretty much it, though many other vacant stalls still awaited the weekend. Whether these vanish with the warmer weather, I don't know.

        I hit the Schnitzel & Things truck when it hit Manhattan, by which time it was no longer a denizen of the undiscovered country. The sides are small, but that's some nice cod schnitzel:

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/eatingin...

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        1. re: DaveCook

          yesterday ( 8.24.09) there were about 8 stalls outside the union st. H-Mart. it was there 25th anniversary of that location. there was demos and loads of free food inside and out. sorry you missed it

        2. maybe try Ridgewood around the myrtle-wyckoff stop
          i seen mexican food carts out there but i never tried them
          although it looks somewhat menu looks similar to the redhook and roosevelt ave food carts

          washington heights also has dominican food vendors on 181th and st nick specially juices though

          1. GREAT question, Id really like to expand our repertoire of street food as well. I mean there’s the standard cart on 53rd and 6th and I am really enjoying the variety at Red Hook, but I would love to expand the horizons. I was just looking at the vendy awards website for some new ideas…but I am not going to spend 80 a ticket for street food, doesn’t that defeat the purpose?

            Any reviews on the following
            Traditional Indian Biryani cart 46th and 6th, Midtown Manhattan

            Middle Eastern 30th Street and Broadway, Astoria

            Rickshaw Dumpling - Kenny Lao

            Jamaican Dutchy Jamaican 51st Street & 7th Avenue, Midtown