Street food, like street art and street music, is exciting for its quality and for the feeling of discovery. Many food trucks now have restaurant-quality food but with even more creativity in its presentation.
Street food is convenient, fast and inexpensive, but before you buy that pretzel on the street corner, maybe you’d like to know how sanitary your food is…
On May 30, 2017, NYC mayor Bill DiBlasio signed a law requiring food trucks to post the same letter that NYC restaurants are required to post, a NYC Department of Health alert about the cleanliness of the establishment. Restaurants receive an A, B or C with the complete findings of the health inspector available to everyone with just a couple of taps on their phones.
See for yourself
Type in the name of a restaurant here:
The NYC Department of Health inspects food carts once a year without notice to the vendors. What do they look for? Spoiled food and a water-supply for the vendors to adequately wash their hands.
Look For These Warning Sign Not To Trust The Food Stand:
Also, NYC recommends you, the customer, keep an eye out for these three warning signs:
- Food handlers:
- must wear hair nets and clean gloves
- must never use the same tools to serve both raw and cooked foods
- must never touch ready-to-eat food with bare hands or dirty gloves
One last thing…
Vendors pay between $250-$300 a month to garage their carts and trucks at night. This fee includes hosing down the cart every night.
So would you eat street food in NYC?
Let me know in the comments…