A new report about the health conditions and violations of city food carts was released yesterday by State Controller Alan Hevesi. Violations include the sale of chicken with moldy bread, roaches in an ice cream cart, and one vendor urinating into a jar next to his cart. The Daily News points out that while 80% of restaurants are inspected, food carts have not been subject to similar monitoring. City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden told the DN that his agency could be more effective, but budgets do not allow for inspection of all the carts.
Gothamist does like cart food (it smells so good, we get hungry...) so our operating rule of thumb is to eat there after days of observation and seeing many customers eat there as well. If you don't get sick, well, that's an added bonus.
There is good street food around: Check out NY magazine's picks for good street food