Yahoo News lists suggestions for safe street-food eating by chef and foodie travel writer Tom Kime . Some of his suggestions? They might seem obvious, but somehow I am a dunce at putting them into practice. So I must remember them. The most instructive for me?
Follow crowds "A line of people is always a good indicator that the food is tasty and fresh-- it never sits idle for long. If a vendor on a busy street has no customers, there's probably a reason."This would've helped me on my last trip to NYC, when I stopped at a mediocre kosher food stand with absolutely nobody standing around it. Mind you, I figured it out when I passed the halal falafel stand with five people huddled around it in the June heat.
Ask the locals "The best recommendations I got were from taxi drivers, policemen, shop owners, and office workers. Locals are discerning: They only eat what they like and what doesn't make them sick."