Some of the best food in NYC isn't found in restaurants. We had Tom Vandenberghe, author of the upcoming "New York Street Food," give us the best of the best in terms of street eats. He would know, right?
Peruvian food in Union Square
Order this: Veal heart stick
Vandenberghe calls the food here "beyond your average lunch." "Organ meat isn’t that popular in the New York street food scene. But here it’s fried to perfection, juicy and crunchy. It's served with a nicely made black mint sauce, a kick for any street foodie."
Jamaican food in the Financial District
Order this: Oxtail stew
Here's "another almost forgotten and very economical part of beef," Vandenberghe says, calling Veronica's "tasty and soft." "You can tell this has been on the stove for several hours. It's like coming home to grandma's table."
Mexican food in Jackson Heights, Queens
Order this: Salted beef tacos
"This guy is passionate about soccer and tortas," the author says. "The Mexican sandwiches he serves are named after Mexican soccer teams. They come in huge piles. If you want try something more digestable, go for the salted beef tacos."
Marina Vera Luz
Mexican food in the Meatpacking district
Order this: Pozole
It's "food with a history" at this truck, Vandenberghe says of the Aztec-style food "made with so much gusto." The author says he can "still can taste the slow cooked pork, the home made chili sauce and the twist of lime."
The Cinnamon Snail
Vegetarian food on Park Avenue
Order this: Tempeh sandwich
"This is how funky vegan food [should] be," the author says of the "innovative, fresh, well managed place." One word of advice: "Check in early to beat the queue."