Vendy Awards street food crawl

King of Falafel and Shawarma, 30th St and

King of Falafel and Shawarma, 30th St and Broadway, Astoria. (Credit: Photo by Celia Talbot Tobin)

Greg Morabito of Eater, center, and Erin Lindholm of amNewYork, right,  taste the offerings at King of Falafel and Shawarma, 30th Street and Broadway, Astoria.


Don’t have a ticket to the sold-out Vendys? Our intrepid tasting team proved that it is possible to sample taste-test all five Vendy finalists in the course of a single afternoon. Consider yourself forewarned: This is one food crawl that’s not for the faint of stomach.


4 hours to complete the crawl
$25-$45 for food
$25 for taxis
valid MetroCard

We recommend confirming the truck’s locations via their website or Twitter feeds on the day of your trip.

Starting point: UNION SQUARE
Catch the R train from Union Square to the Grand Avenue stop in Elmhurst, Queens, where you’ll find Patacon Pisao #2, the brick-and-mortar restaurant by the same friendly family who operates the Patacon Pisao truck in Inwood.

Welcome to Queens! Your first destination, Patacon Pisao #2, is just a few minutes walk from the subway at 85-22 Grand Ave.

1 hr., 15 mins: CAR SERVICE
After you’ve stuffed your face with a patacon and cachapas, call for a car service ($14) to stop no. 2, the King of Falafel and Shawarma in Astoria, Queens. Santo Domingo Car Service (718-699-5959) is both local and friendly.

1 hr. 30 mins: ASTORIA, QUEENS
By now you should be receiving a warm welcome from the ever-charming King of Falafel, who is open for business on the corner of 30th Street at Broadway come rain or shine. Don’t skip the falafel, which were a highlight of the day for our tasters.

2 hrs.: SUBWAY
Back to the grind. Catch the Q/N — there’s a stop just two blocks away — into the city. Transfer to the 6 train; exit at 51st Street.

2 hrs., 30 mins: MIDTOWN EAST, PART 1
You’ll arrive at stop no. 3, Schnitzel & Things. On Fridays the truck usually sets up at 52nd street & Lexington Avenue, though you should check the truck’s blog ( to confirm location.

Guaranteed you’re feeling the bloat now. But you know you’ve got room for at least a taco — little bites of deliciousness — from El Rey de Sabor, just around the corner at 49th Street and Park Avenue.

3 hrs., 30 mins: TAXI CAB
Cab time, and almost nap time. Hail a cab ($10) to stop no. 5, Bistro Truck, which parks on 5th Avenue between 16th and 17th sts.

3 hrs., 40 mins: UNION SQUARE
The finish line is in sight, and fortunately, Bistro Truck has lighter fare on the menu. Keep an eye out for daily specials. A bowl of chilled mixed berry soup might be a perfect endnote.

Congratulations, you’ve just completed amNewYork’s street meat crawl! Now about that nap …


Tags: Eat&Drink , Vendy Awards , food crawl

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