New York Has Issued 14 New Food Cart Permits. 10,000 Vendors Want Them.

New York Has Issued 14 New Food Cart Permits. 10,000 Vendors Want Them.

Oct 13, 2023 by NYT > New York

Key Facts

  • Advertisement SKIP ADVERTISEMENT More than a year after the city implemented reforms to the food vendor licensing process, few have received permits, even as enforcement picks up.
  • Credit...Gregg Vigliotti for The New York Times Elsayed Elgammal, who runs a cart called Mando Halal Food, has a loyal clientele that lines up for his signature chicken and rice dish.
  • He pays about $20,000 every two years to rent a permit — not to New York City, but to a man who obtained it decades ago for a few hundred dollars and has since moved overseas.
  • Stefanos Chen is a real estate reporter, based in New York.

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