For a vegetarian tourist with a steadily declining bank balance, upscale restaurants and delis are not an everyday eating out option. The fast paced life excludes the possibility of cooking everyday (not to mention the lack of culinary skills beyond a few dishes).
The only option remaining is Street Food.
I love street food – it is tasty, quick, easily accessible and most importantly, cheap!
Being a vegetarian limits your options..a lot..and so after a lot of exploration, here is what I have come up with:
Donuts and Coffee
Alternatively, one can try Bagels and Muffins – coffee is the constant [ Bagels + Coffee is considered to be the standard New Yorker Breakfast]
Falafels! They are awesome – almost staple food to me! There are Falafel Sandwiches, Falafel over rice and their distant cousin, Babaghanouj
I love the cart at 116 and Amsterdam – no one makes them falaels as well as the owner Muhammad (I don’t even have to tell him my order any more)
Chinese food! Dumplings! – not exactly heavy, yet tasty and filling!
If you happen to be around chinatown, Spring Rolls are another option!
Then, there are Mexican carts of course! (I prefer the hard taco shells compared to the soft tortillas though! Taco Bell >> Authentic Mexican food!)
Pizzas! (Slices in NY are BIG! I can eat no more than 3 – max 4!)
New Yorkers, eat the pizza in an interesting way – they fold the slice into half and bite into them
Another Option – Chinese Takeout! Finding vegetarian options is a challenge though
Something that has always been on my to-try list are Pretzels – ubiquitous within a 2 mile radius of Times Square – I can sadly never find a cart when I am in the mood to try them!
Posting a borrowed pic does not help my case, but for the sake of completeness,