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food cart logistics

hi hounds,

i hope this isn't a dumb question ... hubby and i are really looking forward to our NY trip next weekend. we are planning to hit the legendary food carts. our food cart options in toronto are limited to hot dogs only! so, carts with falafel, dumplings, fruit salad, desserts, etc. are a real novelty! anyway, seeing as how it's winter, where exactly do you eat your food cart purchases? i can see eating hot dogs and things like dumplings on the run ... but a chicken/rice plate?? seems a bit messy.

do you take your food back to your offices/apartments and chowdown? and if that's the case, are there any good carts near 51st and lexington? we're staying at the doubletree metropolitan. so far, i've located two food carts nearby ... vietnamese food cart at 52nd/lex and the mexican cart at 52nd/3rd.

i'd really like to go to the chicken/rice cart at 53rd/6th or the kwik meal cart but realistically, i can' t see how my food won't get stone cold by the time i walk back to the hotel.

thank you!

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  1. There are some benches outside the office buidling on the same corner as the 53rd/6th cart. Lots of people eat their food there. The guys at the cart do wrap up the meal pretty well though, so it'll stay warm for a while. Kwik meal is close enough to the "pedestrian mall" on broadway - you could get your food at the cart and then head to broadway to sit. Getting a table may be tough because it's the holiday season, but it could be worth a shot.

    1. You'll be staying across the street from my office. Some cart choices near your hotel are:

      - El Rey del Sabor on 49th & 3rd
      - Halal, practically everywhere, but my pick is Park Ave & 48th - SW corner next to the juice cart
      - Jianetto's Pizza truck on E47th bet. Park & Madison last time I checked

      Winter's not as wicked in NYC as it is in Toronto so a walk to 48th and 6th for Moishe's Falafels, Kati Rolls @ Biryani Cart, Kim's fried fish is always a good idea. The Sweets truck and Kwik Meal cart are only a block south and there's plenty of places to just sit down and eat if you don't mind the lack of a table.

      Check midtownlunch.com for tons more cart and under $10 food suggestions.

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      1. re: GoodGravy

        hi goodgravy,

        thanks for the additional recos.

        do you have any suggested carts for breakfast?

        1. re: lilaki

          Hi Lilaki,

          For cooked breakfast, I only know of one place which is also near your hotel: Eggstravaganza on the NE corner of E52nd and Park. Baconeggncheezonnaroll, chorizo and eggs in a tortilla, pancakes, etc.
          http://midtownlunch.com/2009/07/22/eg...

          For coffee and donuts/muffins, there's coffee carts all over the city and they're all pretty much the same.

          The Sweets truck also gets in to position on 50th & 6th in time for breakfast. Brioche and croissants and other baked goodness.

          1. re: GoodGravy

            hi goodgravy,

            oh man ... i'm going to need pants with an elastic waistband for this trip.

            thanks so much!!

            1. re: GoodGravy

              hi goodgravy,

              thanks SOOO much for the Eggs Travaganza reco ... we went for breakfast on monday and it was awesome!!!

        2. Here's a post that lists a bunch of outdoor spots.

          http://nycfoodguy.com/2008/05/23/midt...

          Personally, I'm not hardcore enough to do this in the middle of the winter. I would opt for the indoor public spaces.

          http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/priv...

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          1. re: Miss Needle

            hi miss needle ... wow th elink to public indoor spaces is AWESOME! we can even use it to escape the cold! thanks!!

          2. check out http://www.midtownlunch.com

            it should have all the information you need.

            1. hi all,

              thanks so much for the tips!

              i don't care about a table ...while i am canadian, i am not made to sit out in the cold eating my lunch! so the indoor suggestions are great!

              tks!!