Street Vendors, New York City
If you want food on the go that is good try a street vendor. It is often cheaper than what is served in many restaurants and healthier than fast food restaurants.
Some vendors don't stay in the same place all the time and you will have to find their website, facebook or twitter page. The website below are the winners of the VENDY awards for the previous year. The awards are being held this year and are judged by famous chefs.
The one I like on their is Veronicas Kitchen on Front and Pine Street. She deserves that award. The one that I do not see on there is the Indian food cart served across from the NY Public Library on 40th st and 5th ave. Another is the chef on 117th and Frederick Douglas.
Make sure the people serving the food are wearing gloves and either have short hair or a hat.
Almost everywhere in NY street corners are populated with street vendors: at a relatively cheap price they are not only hot-dogs and pretzels sellers, but now they provide you with any sort of soft drink, fresh fruit, fruit salads and warm meals. Around wall street we had a fresh cooked chicken sanwich just for 4$ and we ate it sitting on the pier, noticing that this is what the office employees normally do in a nice sunny day.
Support local business! Don't eat at chain restaurants or shop at chain stores. Eat at the little cafe down the street and buy your film at the local deli. Yeah, you might pay $1 or $2 more but let's keep the small business owner in business. I don't want to see New York City turn into McNew York City! There are so many fantastic restaurants in NYC in all price ranges, you don't need to visit McDonald's or The Olive Garden. Do your research or ask locals.
. . . the jewelry, that is. You just never know what's real or fake in this town. Those Prada bags on the streets: probably fake. The diamonds on the ladies ring at the opera: probably real.
New Yorkers, however, are very REAL. Most of the locals I've met are truly genuine and honest folks. Sometimes they may come across as rude or blunt, but to a New Yorker, telling it truthfully is more important than telling it sweetly . . .