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International al Fresco

Almost every workday of the year, Hy Kha is at the grill of his food cart near the corner of Cedar and York streets. Kha’s specialty is Vietnamese cuisine, but if that’s not your cup of bubble tea, you can find a plethora of choices being dispensed from nearly two dozen mini-restaurants crammed between the medical school complex and Yale–New Haven Hospital.

©Jake Wyman

“I feel like I’m at a carnival,” said Vermonter Debbie Pesticci, who was taking a lunch break while her son recovered from surgery at the hospital. “There’s food from every single country you can imagine.” Maryland crabcakes, eel sushi, hot dogs, jerk and fried chicken, falafel, Italian ice—almost everything on the menus costs less than five bucks.

But get there early: Hy Kha’s cilantro shrimp rolls go fast.  the end


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