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29 September 2010 4,687 views 15 Comments
Thanks to Twitter, @??? (Tony ?), connected me to Perry from @nystfood, who e-mailed me a list of some of his favorite food trucks in the city. At the moment, Perry specializes in Manhattan food trucks, which served me just fine, since we would be spending most of the week in the city. Lunches were unplanned, due to my work schedule, so I was hoping to visit a handful of food trucks midday. Thanks to Perry and his wonderful site, that’s exactly what I did.
While the trucks park in various locations around the city, posting updates on their current spot on Twitter, I ended up visiting three different trucks, on three different days, all in the same location: Park Avenue between 26 and 27.
On Wednesday, I met Shawn @shawnleventhal, at Schnitzel & Things. That’s when I discovered the proximity of the truck to the 6 train subway exit.
[subway and schnitzel and things]
On Thursday, I met colleague Marc @marcwmatthews brother Mike @mobilematthews + @macysclown at Frites ‘n’ Meats.
[frites n meats truck]
On Friday, I met Perry himself @nystfood at Wafels & Dinges.
[wafel & dinges trailer]
The company and conversation was interesting and different on each day, while the food from all three was impressive in it’s own way. My impressions:
Schnitzel & Things [http://schnitzelandthings.blogspot.com/]
Twitter [@schnitzeltruck]
Schnitzel is an Eastern European preparation of hand pounded, lightly breaded pork cutlet fried to golden perfection. S & T offers chicken and cod varieties as well, and serves them with a lemon wedge (to squeeze on top of the protein) and two sides — I ordered the chicken schnitzel with potato salad and cucumber salad.
[photo: chicken schnitzel potatoes cucumbers]
Shawn ordered the pork schnitzel saurkraut and beets & feta salad. I enjoyed all of the sides, especially the potato salad, which is made with a vinaigrette and no mayo, and loved both the pork and chicken schnitzel varieties. The pork was as large as the plate, hiding Shawn’s sides underneath.
[photo: pork schnitzel as big as a plate]
Frites ‘n’ Meats [http://www.fritesnmeats.com/]
Twitter:
In New York City when you’re looking for the best meat, bread and cheese, inevitably your path will lead you to DeBragga & Spitler, Balthazar Bakery, & Murray’s Cheese.
Killer Belgian-style Frites. Our fries go through the Belgian double frying process to ensure that perfect golden color with fabulous crispness on the outside and wonderful creaminess on the inside.
Wafels & Dinges [http://www.wafelsanddinges.com/}
Twitter:
Spekuloos Spread:
It’s been called “awesome”, “incredibily orgasmic” and “how I fixed my crappy day”. Spekuloos is a spread* that looks like peanut butter, but it tastes like traditional Belgian gingerbread-cinnamon cookies. It beats Nutella 10 to 1. It leaves Spekuloos-virgins in awe. Get it here (14 oz jar).
$7.95 / ea
Liège  Wafel (3.53 oz):
The Liège Waffle is the “other” Belgian waffle – the one the Belgians kept secret and never told anyone about! What makes them so different is the dough. It’s made with a wheat-based yeast sweetened dough with pearl sugar, a sugar unique to Belgium that melts within. The pearls burst and caramelize when the dough hits the waffle iron, resulting in a dense, sugary waffle that’s rich in flavor. Best eaten cold or warmed up in your oven or toaster oven* for a few minutes. Buy them here.
$2.50 / ea
De Kompleet Wafel Kit – Brussels Style (1 lb)
De Kompleet Wafel Kit – The Brussels Style” was developed by Thomas to have a quick and easy way for the making of wafel batter in his Truck.  After very many requests from his customers, he put the formula in this red box*. So Brussels-wafel-lovers can make the real ones (light-crispy!) at the home. The mix is made “Kompleet”, and therefor “Idioot-Proof”. So there is no need for eggs, milk or butter. Every important ingredient is in the box, just add water, air and…voila! Buy it here.
$6.95 / ea

Thanks to social networking, @FoodTrailersATX connected me to Perry from @nystfood, who e-mailed me a list of some of his favorite food trucks in the city. At the moment, Perry specializes in Manhattan food trucks, which served me just fine, since we would be spending most of the week in the city. Lunches were unplanned due to my work schedule, so I was hoping to visit a handful of food trucks midday. Thanks to Perry and his wonderful site, that’s exactly what I did.

While the trucks park in various locations around the city, posting updates on their current spot on Twitter, I ended up visiting three different trucks, on three different days, all in the same location: Park Avenue between 26 and 27.

On Wednesday, I met @shawnleventhal, at Schnitzel & Things. That’s when I discovered the proximity of the truck to the 6 train subway exit.

subway and schnitzel and things

On Thursday, I met @marcwmatthews brother Mike @mobilematthews at Frites ‘n’ Meats.

frites n meats truck

On Friday, I met Perry himself @nystfood at Wafels & Dinges.

wafel & dinges trailer

The company and conversation was interesting and different on each day, while the food from all three was impressive in it’s own way. My impressions:

Schnitzel & Things

Schnitzel is an Eastern European preparation of hand pounded, lightly breaded pork cutlet fried to golden perfection. S & T offers chicken and cod varieties as well, and serves them with a lemon wedge (to squeeze on top of the protein) and two sides — I ordered the chicken schnitzel with potato salad and cucumber salad.

Chicken Schnitzel with Potato Salad & Cucumbers

Chicken Schnitzel with Potato Salad & Cucumbers

Shawn ordered the pork schnitzel saurkraut and beets & feta salad. I enjoyed all of the sides, especially the potato salad, which is made with a vinaigrette and no mayo, and loved both the pork and chicken schnitzel varieties. The pork was as large as the plate, hiding Shawn’s sides underneath.

Pork Schnitzel as Big as the Plate

Pork Schnitzel as Big as the Plate

Frites ‘n’ Meats

This truck prides itself on using the best ingredients. The best meat (from DeBragga & Spitler), the best bread (from Balthazar Bakery) and the best cheese (from Murray’s Cheese Shop).

While waiting in line, I circled my selections on the order card:

Frites 'n' Meats Order Sheet

Frites 'n' Meats Order Sheet

In deciding between grassfed angus for $5.50 and Wagyu (American Kobe) for $7.50, I went for the kobe since it seemed like a unique opportunity. I opted against cheese or other toppings because I wanted to truly enjoy the taste of the meat, going with fresh tomato and mesclun greens on the burger along with garlic and horseradish aioli on the side.

burger

The brioche bun was delicious — my favorite part of the burger. The meat didn’t taste especially delicious or well-cooked to me and I immediately regret not ordering the simple meat option. The fries are described on the website as “killer Belgian-style Frites” but to me they tasted like “bland McDonalds style” fries.

Fries and dipping sauces

Fries and dipping sauces

Wafels & Dinges

I would have loved to sample more of the menu items at Wafels & Dinges and would definitely go back. They actually specialize in dessert wafels but I was there for lunch, and ordered the pulled pork wafel. It features a fresh wafel at the bottom of the container topped with sweet pulled pork, coleslaw, and a kool-aid marinated cucumber. I thought the wafel was delicious and really enjoyed the pulled pork and slaw — but didn’t need the extra sweet barbecue sauce on top.

Pulled Pork Wafel

Pulled Pork Wafel

Later on, I took a photo of another customer’s strawberry wafel to give you an idea of one of their dessert options. I felt a bit of order jealousy. I love the simple presentation of strawberries and powdered sugar and just want to take a bite of that crispy wafel. Don’t you?!

Strawberry Wafel

Strawberry Wafel

We visited a few other food trucks while in the city, but wanted to share these three that happened to be parked in the same spot on three different days as a roundup. There will be more New York food truck love to come!

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  • Perry

    It was great meeting you, having lunch together, and talking food trucks. Glad you enjoyed your visit to NYC.
    Best,
    Perry

  • jodibart

    Great meeting you and enjoying Wafels & Dinges together. If you ever come down to Austin, I'd love to meet up again!

  • Perry

    It was great meeting you, having lunch together, and talking food trucks. Glad you enjoyed your visit to NYC.
    Best,
    Perry

  • jodibart

    Great meeting you and enjoying Wafels & Dinges together. If you ever come down to Austin, I'd love to meet up again!

  • http://adamholzband.com Adam Holzband

    For the record, I loved the idea of Wafels & Dinges and the presentation, and really wanted to try the dessert waffles, but as Jodi said it was lunchtime, and the pulled pork was pretty disappointing as an only option. Right around the corner near Madison Square Park was the Desi Truck where I ate my first real food after being horribly sick for days. The Kati rolls were fantastic… super flavorful, inexpensive, and just the right size for lunch with a fried egg added. Probably not the smartest move when recovering from a stomach bug but I couldn't resist and it didn't set me back too far. Highly recommended.

  • Andybart99

    As a minor point of clarification (some exposure to eastern european cooking) schnitzel originating in Vienna (Wiener Schnitzel) is primarily made from veal. Now you are right in that schnitzel (without Wiener) is the German implementation of the same meat. However the German version as you suggested is made from pork. Chicken a third version is a later creation of the same recipe with no particular home base that I know of.

    Andy B

    Andy B

  • jodibart

    You were brave to go from clear liquids straight to a Kati roll. That's my baby! So proud.

  • jodibart

    Thank you for the clarification, Andy (aka Dad)!

  • jodibart

    You were brave to go from clear liquids straight to a Kati roll. That's my baby! So proud.

  • jodibart

    Thank you for the clarification, Andy (aka Dad)!

  • Marcwmatthews

    Looks like I need to take a trip to New York!

  • Marcwmatthews

    Looks like I need to take a trip to New York!

  • Marcwmatthews

    Looks like I need to take a trip to New York!

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