5. Arepas at Arepa Lady

Arepa Lady, the “crown jewel of Colombian street food,” rose to fame as a tiny street food stand at 79th Street & Roosevelt Avenue in Queens. Under the expert hand of owner Maria Cano, the cart eventually gained a trove of loyal followers, prompting Cano to open a brick-and-mortar shop located just two blocks away.

Unfortunately, permits to tear down the restaurant have been approved, but you can still find Arepa Lady at its new home in the recently opened DeKalb Market.