NY Mag Wreaks Havoc on Midtown Carts
For anyone who loves street eating, NY Mag had a great feature in this week issue. If you missed it, be sure to check out the day in the life of a hot dog vendor, a great interview with Sean Basinski from The Street Vendor Project, plus a lot of great cart facts, and the NY Mag list of the Top 20 Food Carts in all of New York City. The biggest news- Midtown will be getting a Sammy’s Halal soon (the #3 cart on the top 20).
Midtown faired pretty well, despite the entire Top 5 being in Queens, and four of the top 5 being in Jackson Heights. There were those you expected, like Hallo Berlin (54th & 5th) at #6, Kwik Meal (45th & 6th) at #14, and the nighttime Chicken & Rice Cart (53rd & 6th) at #17. Kim’s Aunt Kitchen Cart (46th & 6th), which I wrote about their for bulgogi, came in at #18 for their fried fish sandwich. And our beloved Jamaican Dutchy, got their first accolades by coming in at #12.
The biggest surprise was Carnegie John’s at #8, an offshoot of Tony Dragonas’ cart on 62nd near Madison (which came in at #7). “The Dragon” Tony Dragonas is pretty famous, but I’ve never made it up to his cart on 62nd, since it is just outside of my Midtown Lunch’ing range. Carnegie John’s, however is not (56th & 7th Ave). And NY Mag went so far as to say that their burgers may be better than the ones at the Burger Joint in the Parker Meridien!
I headed over to the Carnegie John’s cart yesterday to see what the hype was about, and found this:
The regulars seemed pretty pissed by the crowd, one guy saying in all the time he’s been coming to the cart there has never been a line like this. By 12:45, they were out of burgers.
There’s always a line at Hallo Berlin, but yesterday it was extra long.
The same story at Kwik Meal.
And Kim’s Aunt Kitchen Cart never has a line… so this was a relative mob scene for them:
But the biggest surprise of the day was the Jamaican Dutchy. The shocking picture… after the jump.
That’s right. No Jamaican Dutchy. It seems odd that they’ve been on the corner of 51st & 7th every day for two months, and then the day after the NY Magazine article comes out they are gone. I can’t help but wonder if their fairly new cart was up to code, with all the proper permits- and the exposure in NY Mag got them shut down, or moved to a different location. Hopefully they were just out for a day getting their flat screened TV fixed (it was broken last week).
Either way, if the other carts are any indication, they missed out on a big day.
If you know what happened to the Jamaican Dutchy, or see it on another corner- post it as a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org UPDATE: The cart is back!!!