Got your plans set up for Labor Day weekend yet? No!?? Go check out the Parked NY Food Truck Festival on Governer’s Island this weekend on Sunday. It’s free to take the ferry and it’s free to attend the event. The food? Not free, but it’s going to be a stellar food truck line up and well worthwhile!
Some of the food trucks confirmed for the parked food truck festival so far include:
Jamaican Dutchy Food Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling Food Truck, Green Pirate juice Food Truck, Joyride Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Food Truck, Halo Berlin, The Cinnamon Snail, Kelvin Natural Slush Co Food Truck, Hermelinda Mexicana and more!
WHEN : Sunday, September 5th
WHERE : Colonel’s Row @ Governors Island
DOORS : Noon – 5pm
COVER : Free!
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 26th
Ferry Schedule Link: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml
I checked out Governer’s Island last week for the Jazz Age Lawn party – it was awesome. If you have a bike, bring it along. It’s a great way to check out the entire island. Governor’s Island is kind of shaped like an ice cream cone. Colonel’s row is runs West East across the island at the upper (bottom of the ice cream scoop) portion of the Island. Enjoy!! These NY Food Trucks won’t disappoint!]]>
Besides friends and family, the top 3 things I miss since moving here from California:
3) Cheap, good Mexican food.
The weather isn’t too bad here for most of the year and although getting to the beach is kind of big hassle, I can deal with the top 2 for sure. The lack of cheap good Mexican food though, still baffles me to this day. Sure there’s the Super Tacos truck on 96th and Broadway on the Upper West Side but I don’t really live up in that area anymore. Here in Williamsburg there’s the local Mexican 2000 Deli/Restaruant but honestly a $9 burrito still doesn’t make sense when you compare it to the quality and taste of a $4.50 burrito from King Taco, Albertos, Robertos or the thousands of non franchise places in Southern California. So what to do? Well, as in most instances, go where the locals go and you’ll not only get the most authentic but you’ll also get it at local prices.
The Food Trucks of Red Hook Soccer Fields
I love food trucks and I think I found the food truck jackpot of New York at the Red Hook Soccer Fields. Located on the corner of Bay and Clinton in Red Hook, the soccer fields are where many local South American and Mexican soccer teams compete throughout the year. To feed the supporting families
and fans of the players is an armada of food and drink trucks that completely fill 2 city blocks. I took a bike ride out to the fields a few weekends ago and checked out the trucks myself. There is so much variety it blows my mind! Salvadorian pupusas, Mexican tacos, cheese corn, and sopes, Columbian arepas, Guatemalan drinks, etc.
By way of a woman with a pair of gigantic tacos’s recommendation, I tried out the Country Boys taco truck ( New York Top Vendy Award Winner 2009) At the Country Boys taco truck, they hand roll their corn tortillas, grill them to a crisp, then fold and stuff them with your choice of beef, pork, chicken, chorizo, shrimp, pork skin, or vegetarian (zucchini, mushroom, spinach), loads of guacamole, lettuce and cheese. All for $6!
I have to say that because this taco was so enormous I was too stuffed to try out any of the other food trucks. Oh well, definitely will be returning here to sample the nice selection. With the food trucks of Red Hook, I guess missing good cheap Mexican food is sort of taken care of. Now, if we could just get an In and Out Burger to open up here that would really be something.]]>
74 W 47th Street 4th floor
(Diamond District – Bet 6th and 5th Ave)
tel 212 840 0101
To the centre of the city where all roads meet, waiting for you,
To the depths of the ocean where all hopes sank, searching for you,
I was moving through the silence without motion, waiting for you,
In a room with a window in the corner I found truth….
-Shadowplay Joy Division 1979
I’ve written several posts about hidden restaurants and bars city such as Hagi or Freeman’s. There’s just something magical about dining in these obscure dark places – a private haven for great food. My coworker friend Katie recently introduced me to El Rincon Del Sabor after finding it on my buddy Zach’s Midtown Lunch Blog Like many nondescript restaurants and bars, it’s quite easy to miss El Rincon Del Sabor along the hustle and bustle of W47th Street. As we made an abrupt turn to entrace of the steps, a diamond peddler on the street exclaimed that this place was ‘Glatt Kosher’. I highly doubt that given the true authentic South American menu at El Rincon that includes dishes made of intestines, tripe, shrimp, cow feet, and grilled pork. Maybe he was referring to Dougie’s on the 2nd floor that supposedly has some wicked wings (need to go back and sample). Either way, if you don’t get lost or harrassed into buying some low grade black market stones on this street, you’ll be happily rewarded for your journey up the 4 flight walkup with a quiet, peaceful authentic Ecuadorian Restaurant. The menu changes everyday and most dishes are only $7 and they pile it on here. The first time I went, I tried the Guatita which is tripe with potatoes over rice. The sauce was amazing and the tripe and potatoes were great. The 2nd time I went I had the Churrasco or Beef Steak with Eggs and French Fries. It’s an interesting combination but it’s awesome believe me. They also throw in a hot dog / sausage on the side for fun. Check it out!]]>