NYC Food Trucks on Park Avenue
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.
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 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.
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.
While waiting in line, I circled my selections on the order card:
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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!Tags: BBQ, food truck, food trailer, french fries, Frites n Meats, hamburger, New York, pulled pork, schnitzel, Schnitzel & Things, Wafels & Dinges, waffle