Sometimes you don't want a whole meal. But you don't want to sate yourself with a bag of Funyons either. When I am ambling around the city here are a few places I like to stop in for some food on foot.
French fries are the ultimate walking-around food, and this temple of frites might be the ultimate source for them. The twice-fried potatoes come in paper cones with a choice of dipping sauces, and you buy them from a window, pay, and then walk away, happy and greasy.
For those of you who think all shwarma (or doner kebab) -- which is to say, gyro meat -- comes from huge gray wads of formed meat, think again. This meat consists of dozens of sliced lamb, seasoned well, and tasting like actual meat. Great white sauce too!
Nothing unusual here -- just the quintessential New York pizza joint, turning out perfectly crisp, orange-colored slices with just enough cheese and a tip that doesn't sag as you walk down Broadway.
Donut love is an odd and subjective thing, but there are those of us who would rather hit the Donut Pub than any place else you can name. The donuts are puffy and sweet and delicate, and the glazes are somehow better than their rivals. Or maybe it's just the room. Anyway, it's my favorite.
There's a lot here that's well worth taking home, but its the cupcakes that everyone loves the most. By all means get a box, but you'll surely want to eat one or two as you walk away. Unlike some cupcakes (yes, you, Magnolia) these are actually worth the wait.
Turkish food guru Orhan Yegan created this casual restaurant as a platform for his homey, understated cooked dishes, but it's the mezes that steal the show, brilliantly simple and dressed with just some lemon and olive oil.
You come here for one thing, and one thing only: Japanese style chicken wings, sticky and piquant and covered with sesame seeds. Walk with them by all means, but bring lots of napkins.
What are universally regarded as the city's best falafel is served at all the locations of this popular Israeli chain. Why are they so good? Honestly, nobody knows. They are just just fresher and crunchier and more vivid, with better white sauce, than their rivals.
Some of the city's best roti, the indian flatbread "wraps" filled with curried meat or vegetables, come at this Brooklyn specialist, in the city's most dynamic Caribbean neighborhood.
It's tiny and there's always a line, but there's a reason: noplace has better croissants, whether they're plain, almonds, or chocolate. Come early and get them when they're fresh. And while you're there get a baguette...and a tart....and...um.....
Occupying the site of the original (yes, truly the original) Ray's Pizza, this well-meaning operation does honor to its precessor with good slices, both plain and sicillian, as well as some of the city's best arancini, the cheese filled rice balls that are one of the city's best walking-around treats.