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Best deal for hard economic times

After casting my vote at Hunter College with a minimal wait ... the TV media was very sensational about long lines ... I went to Chinatown and ate at my local hawker stall on south-east corner of Canal & Mott Streets .... three deep-fried vegetable spring rolls for $1.00 and fried vegetable chow-mein for $1.25 ... I walked to the Hong Kong supermarket on Hester Street and bought a can of cool coconut juice for $0.89 ... the best deal for this hard economic times ... cheaper then the cost of the tip at a 4-star fancy up-town restaurant ...

Hong Kong Supermarket, 157 Hester Street., New York [Yelp]

Posted November 7, 2008 07:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Notes to a Friend , Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)


Fourth Annual Vendy Awards, October 18, 2008

Nominations are open and tickets are for sale for the Fourth Annual Vendy Awards, which will take place Saturday, October 18, 2008, from 3-7 pm in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Purchase your tickets while they last to what has been called New York's "biggest food event of the year": www.streetvendor.org/vendys

Tobacco Warehouse, at the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in DUMBO, 68 New Dock Street, Brooklyn, NY

Posted September 16, 2008 11:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Tony Dragonas

An update on Tony Dragonas, the Greek street-hawker....

I have noticed with great sadness that the city planted tree has been totally embalmed with the greasy-smokey BBQ fire. That poor tree could not survive the constant bombardment of smoke and heat. It is now a blackened dead tree.

This is the good-and-bad about Tony Dragonas... I suppose he must be sent to a re-education camp...

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Posted July 6, 2008 09:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Save Tony!

Tony Dragonas has been a vending fixture on the East Side of Manhattan (62nd and Madison) for nearly 25 years.

Last year, a jealous restaurant owner down the street started making complaints to the Department of Health.

Now the City wants to revoke Tony's vending permit and license. For good. For real.

"Save Tony!" The Street Vendor Project



"Tony Dragonas - best grilled hamburger in NYC?" A Guy In New York, January 10, 2006

"Food Fight: City Hall vs. Vendor," by Colin Moynihan, The New York Times, May 22, 2008

"From Silver To Street Vendors," by Elizabeth Benjamin, News Blog, NY Daily News, May 22, 2008

The Department of Health will ask the judge to revoke Tony's license and permit. Tony will be there, with his lawyers, making a defense. The hearing is open to the public for people who want to observe and/or testify in support of Tony. Please come!

You can support Tony by appearing at his hearing, scheduled for June 5, 2008, 9:30 am. NYC Office of Administrative Tribunals and Hearings (OATH), 40 Rector Street, 6th floor, New York , NY 10006

Posted May 24, 2008 06:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Red Hook taco vendors

We've not tried any of the food from the Red Hook taco vendors, but if it's sold around a soccer field we're confident that it is worth trying. Thanks for the tip Ed!

Ikea Hack: Free Ferry and Bus Service Will Give Easy Access to Red Hook Ball Field Vendors," Ed Levine's New York Eats, May 16, 2008

Posted May 19, 2008 08:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Third Annual Vendy Awards

The Third Annual Vendy Awards are round the corner and nominations are now open, The Vendy awards seeks to recognize the best the street food vendor in New York City.

Vendies Home Page, and the Nominations Page.

The awards ceremony is Saturday, September 29th 2007, 3:00 - 8:00 pm. Tickets: $60-$1000

Posted August 26, 2007 09:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

2nd Annual Vendy Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2nd Annual Vendy Awards ... last year, our favorite, Tony Dragonas, was a finalist ... to nominate your favorite street vendor, fill out this online form ...

2nd Annual Vendy Awards
, Sunday, October 22, 2006, 6:00 - 8:30 pm, St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, Second Avenue and East 10th Street ...

Posted September 17, 2006 07:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Tony Dragonas - best grilled hamburger in NYC?

Tony Dragonas, street vendor who has been serving great hambburgers and souvlaki at the southwest corner of East 62nd Street and Madison Avenue for many years ... just one block from Central Park/5th Avenue ... weekdays only ...

Tony Dragonas grilling
Tony Dragonas grilling ...


Tony Dragonas may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC
may have the best grilled hamburger in NYC ...


Tony Dragonas outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes
try the outstanding chicken pita with lettuce and tomatoes - it is a large meal with a very generous portion of bite-sized grilled chicken ...


Tony Dragonas gyros plate with rice and salad
and if you like lamb get the gryos pita ... and make sure to get the secret tzatziki sauce (a yogurt sauce with cucumber and herbs) and on the pita offerings ... you can also get the pitas as plates (pictured above), with salad and rice, for an additonal $1 ...

Tony Dragonas was a finalist in the 2005 Vendy Awards

previous post: Tony and John Dragonas - street vendors

AGINY Good Value

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Posted January 10, 2006 06:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Central Park , Hamburgers , Street Vendors , The Best , Upper East Side   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (1)

Tony and John Dragonas - street vendors

Tony Dragonas at 62nd Street and Madison Avenue (a finalist in this year's Vendy Awards) in action over his grill ... when hungry for a stick of grilled meat (Soulaki) or a delicious charcoal grilled hamburger ... with his secret sauces ... mmmmmmmmmm ... preparing his chicken soulaki on pita bread and special yoghurt sauce ... mozzarella and procuitto sandwich ... grilled T-bone steak ... hot-dogs ... yummy ... for a very special lunch, walk across the street to Sherry-Lehman (679 Madison Avenue) and purchase a nice bottle of wine ...

Tony Dragonas' street food-cart is located on the south-west corner of 62nd Street and Madison Avenue ... John Dragonas' cart is located on the south-west corner of 64th Street and Madison Avenue ... Sherry-Lehman is located on the east-side of Madison Avenue (679), between 62nd and 61st Streets ...

Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
Smile, Tony ... he finally turned around for a formal shot ...

Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
62nd Street and Madison Avenue

Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
Tony Dragonas ... smoking and grilling over the charcoal fire ...

Tony Dragonas, street vendor, 62nd Street and Madison Avenue
Tony Dragonas, the Greek soulaki chef ... cooking furiously on 62nd Street and Madison Avenue ...

John Dragonas, street vendor, 64th Street and Madison Avenue
John Dragonas, Tony's brother, in action at the south-west corner of 64th Street and Madison Avenue on Monday, November 7, 2005

First Annual Vendy Awards, Thursday, November 10, 2005, 7:00 - 10:30 pm

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Posted November 9, 2005 10:50 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Still time to buy tickets to the Vendy Awards

The First Annual Vendy Awards will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2005 ...

Posted November 7, 2005 06:04 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

First Annual Vendy Awards

Jose Martinez has a good summary of the 4 finalists for this year's Vendy Awards ... "The Vendy Awards, created by the Urban Justice Center to honor the best of the nearly 10,000 street food vendors in New York, will recognize the stars of sidewalk cuisine next week." ... Babiel Brothers, German food, West 54th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues ... Thiru Kumar, vegetarian food, Washington Square Park South at Sullivan Street ... The Halal Guys, West 53rd Street, temporarily located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues ... Tony Dragones, grilled chicken and steak, East 62nd Street and Madison Avenue ... "Vendy Awards: The Finalists," sponsored by the Urban Justice Center's Street Vendor Project ...

We vote for John Dragones at 64th Street and Madison Avenue (brother of Tony Dragones) ... when hungry for a stick of grilled meat (Soulaki) and a delicious charcoal grilled hamburger ... with his secret sauces ... mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ...

in Chinatown, JM Noodles closed due to a kitchen fire, will re-open soon, I hope ... Head to 25B Henry Street for fried dumplings, etc. ... in Flushing, there is a street vendor charcoal-grilling Mongolian lamb and chicken for $1 per stick ... very cheap (on the same street as Joe's Shanghai, 37th Avenue) ... the food stand is half a block away, where 37th Avenue meets Main Street, Flushing ...

The Vendy Awards will take place on Thursday, November 10, 2005, 7:00 - 10:30 pm ... 27 East 4th Street, between Lafayette and Bowery ... $35, all of which is tax-deductible ... $100 for a VIP ticket ... Buy Tickets here ...
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Posted November 3, 2005 06:00 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Street Vendors   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

This Week in Reviews - August 5, 2005

Each Friday, AGINY publishes "This Week in Reviews," with quick links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers.

Don't forget the 2nd Annual Singapore Chili Crab Festival this Sunday, August 7th, DUMBO, Brooklyn

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Posted August 5, 2005 09:40 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Bronx , Dessert , Ethnic , Harlem , Lower East Side , NYC food blogs , Restaurants , Street Vendors , This Week in Reviews   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Great produce in Chinatown - fun to browse and haggle

I agree with Julie Powell ... the Union Square Farmers' Market is too expensive and elitist for my taste ... a great place for browsing ... and where I buy my produce is Chinatown ...

I confess that half an hour browsing in that utopia of produce [Manhattan's Union Square Farmers' Market] - or the new Whole Foods Market at the square's south end - often leaves me longing for the antiseptic but nonjudgmental aisles of low-end supermarkets like Key Food or Western Beef.

Don't get me wrong: I love a big, ugly tomato as much as the next girl. I buy my fair share of pencil-thin asparagus and micro-greens, and I'm sure if ever I were to stand in an orchard and taste a peach picked during one of its two days of succulent perfection, I would find it one of life's greatest joys.
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Shopping is the province of the privileged; fine cooking is not. Indeed, great cuisine arose from privation. The techniques of smoking, drying, salting and roasting were all developed to preserve foods past the "perfect peach" stage, past the day the vegetable was harvested or the animal butchered, to save for a time of less bounty. Preserved foodstuffs led directly the development of culinary traditions, as people who wanted nothing more than to feed themselves well and with pleasure taught themselves how best to combine ingredients artfully, to create something more than the sum of its parts.

"Don't Get Fresh With Me!", by Julie Powell, Op--Ed in NYT, July 22, 2005

Posted July 23, 2005 11:06 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Cooking & Food Prep , Shopping , Street Vendors , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)