STREET MEAT!!

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TRUCKS AND CARTS DISHING UP FRESH EATS HAVE BEEN LUNCH HOUR MAINSTAYS FOR GENERATIONS. MOBILE & SOMETIMES HARD TO PIN DOWN, FINDING A GREAT FOOD TRUCK CAN FEEL LIKE GETTING IN ON A PRIZED SECRET, OR CATCHING A GREASED PIG. A NEW WAVE OF CHEFS AND BAKERS ARE WORKING THIS GUERILLA MYSTIQUE, ALONG WITH THE MORE UNASSUMING MASTERS OF THE CLASSICS
THE BEST RAISE THE BAR WITH UPDATED APPROACHES TO FLAVOR, TRENDY SPECIALITIES, AND BALLSY INVENTIVENESS. HERE ARE SOME HIT AND RUNS ON OLD-AND-NEW-SCHOOL FOOD TRUCKS.
TEXT  Chad Beer

 

 

CUPCAKE STOP

Where we found them: 23rd St between 7th & 6th Aves.
The best of the cupcake bakeries that have sprung up since Magnolia Bakery’s Sex and the City cameo. The cupcakes are fresh and moist (not such an easy trick) and frosted for taste.  No dopey mountains of frosting, just the right amount to work wih the cake.  Absolutely scrumptious.

ORIGINAL.CUPCAKESTOP.COM

 

 

HALAL GRILL

Where we found them: 53rd St. & 6th Ave
There is always a line but don’t worry.  This is classic street meat done perfectly: shredded chicken or beef, served in a sandwich or on rice, with yogurt sauce and a strong red hot sauce (if you want, but why wouldn’t you want the sauce?!) Even late it’s a happy crowd.  Sit on a nearby bench. Dig in while it’s hot.  The cab home can wait.



53RDAND6TH.COM

 

 

FOOD IS LOVE/KIM’S AUN’T KITCHEN

Where we found them: 46th St. between 6th & 5th Aves.
This cart serves a variety of sandwiches, the best is the fried flounder. The fish is fresh, fried but not heavy or greasy, served on your choice of bread.  The fries are good but not great.  The sandwich is the reason to come here.

 

 

MOSHE’S FALAFEL

Where we found them: 46th St. between 6th and 5th Aves.
Nearly perfect falafel sandwich. Fat falafel balls, lettuce, tomato, pickle, tahini, and hot sauce.  We gorged and it was great.  Very fresh, not heavy or greasy.

 

 

STREET SWEETS

Where we found them: 86th St. between Lexington and 3rd Aves.
Baker selling a wide variety of baked treats. The macarons kick ass. Light foamy cookie sandwiching creamy frosting. They explain how a cookie can become so damn trendy.

STREETSWEETSNY.COM

 

BIRYANI CART

Where we found them: 46th St between 5th and 6th Aves.
Vendi award winning cart that I run to for kahti rolls.  Any flavor.  Lean meat, generous spices, filling, and a steal.

BIRYANICART.COM

 

 

Hells Kitchen Flea Market:
GOURMET FOOD TRUCK BAZAAR
This event proved the popularity of food trucks, and presented a challenge not all of them could rise to. Falling on the first hot and humid day of the year, the event inspired long lines of at least 30 minutes for most trucks (over an hour for others).  We only made it to two of the trucks before collapsing that day. Would the food be worth an hour in a heated line? The consensus among diners was that most trucks are best experienced in a natural habitat, where convenience and impulse rule.
What we DID try at the Hells Kitchen Flea Market:

 

 

BIG GAY ICE CREAM TRUCK

A little pricey but very inventive, entertaining, and the only one of it’s kind in NYC.  Good quality soft-serve with toppings like coconut and curry, chocolate and salt, Nilla wafers and dulce de leche, and many more.  Ice cream sandwiches and other treats too.

BIGGAYICECREAMTRUCK.COM

 

 

RICKSHAW DUMPLING BAR

Be warned.  Steamed not fried.  Once we got over mild disappointment we enjoyed the dumplings.  Simple but serviceable, and rib sticking like dumplings should be.  The cold noodles were good too.  Could’ve used more spice, but a good way to get sated.

RICKSHAWDUMPLINGS.COM

 

 

MEXICAN BLAND-OFF IN BROOKLYN!
Deep in Williamsburg, 2 Mexican food trucks vie for your bucks, but neither delivers taste to make us come running back:

 

 

ENDLESS SUMMER TACOS

Where we found them: Bedford & North 7th, Brooklyn
Fresh ingredients, great price for a handful of taco, but very under-seasoned.  No heat at all in the beef or pork (they were out of chicken and chorizo).  Such unrealized potential.

ENDLESSSUMMERTACOS.COM

 

 

UNNAMED MEXICAN TRUCK

Where we found them: Bedford and North 5th, Brooklyn
The chicken patty and cheese quesadilla were pretty good, but like Endless Summer, lacking in spice.  Why?

 

 

 

 






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