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An excellent cart serving meat-on-a-stick imbued with the fire-licked flavor of hardwood charcoal.

Division St., New York, NY, 10002

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No best-street-cart list is complete without some meat-on-a-stick, the irresistible scent of which can trigger a primordial drooling reaction in even the most abstemious vegan. Although its schedule fluctuates, the excellent cart that operates near the Manhattan Bridge, just past the bargain-bus brigade, is hard to beat. If you get lost, look for smoke and then a yellow sign that reads LAMB, CHICKEN, BEEF, CHICKEN KIDNEY, CHICKEN HEART, GRILL FISH BALL, GRILL CORN, and more. The key is that it’s all imbued with the fire-licked flavor of hardwood charcoal, and, since every stick goes for a dollar a pop, you can linger about ordering sticks o’ meat as if you were at an alfresco tapas bar—albeit a rather gritty one. Our surprise favorite meat stick: the hot dog carved up like a street-cart mango, painted with a sweetish barbecue sauce, and sprinkled with cumin powder.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld.

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