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!]]>
2025 Church Ave (@ E 21st)
Here’s my latest Jamaican Jerked Chicken update from my neighborhood (moving again in a few days). I’ve been scouting the area over the past few weeks and this place seems to be a hot spot for the locals as there is always a line outside. I wasn’t so sure if the line was always out the door because of the food or if it was because the place only has room for 2 people to stand inside and that a line would naturally form. To confirm, I checked it out last night and I would say the reason is more of the latter. The Jerk Chicken is great. One indication that I’m quickly learning is that from all the Jerk chicken joints I’ve been to in the area it seems that the key is to have the chicken actively cooking on a grill for the best taste. I’ve been to some places where the chicken is stored in stainless steel containers within buffet steam trays but countrary to what you would think the chicken is dry. The chicken on the grill surprisingly doesn’t dry out for whatever reason – or maybe because of the high turnover you’re always getting the freshly grilled and crispy chicken. At the Fisherman’s Cove, like Hammond’s, the chicken is actively on the grill and here they cover the chicken with aluminum baking trays to maybe lock in the moisture? Fisherman’s Cove also has the full Jamaican menu of Ox Tail, Fish, Curry Goat, etc. For just $7 I ordered the medium dish and got a massive plate of Jerked Chicken, a side of cabbage salad and a mound of rice. Check it out!]]>
591 Flatbush Ave
718 287 7770
Out in Brooklyn again and wanted to try some more Jamaican Jerked chicken from one of the local neighborhood establishments. City Jerk stood out with their brightly colored flags announcing their grand opening. Ever notice how long restauranteurs milk their grand opening celebration? I guess those flags just don’t go out of style. Anyhow, City Jerk does actually look pretty new. We ordered a plate of the Jerked chicken with rice. Like Hammonds Jerk Center, City Jerk has plastic bottles of jerk sauce on their counter so you can regulate the spice levels. Unlike Hammonds, however City Jerk has seating so you don’t have to dine curbside. Kind of nice considering it was quite hot that day. The food was also good but the chicken was a little drier than Hammonds. Either way you can’t lose with the local restaurants here given the concentrations of ethnic residents. Speaking of which, the famous West Indian Parade is coming up this Labor Day weekend and I know this neighborhood is going to go off for sure!]]>
Jamaican Jerked Chicken
Corner of Nostrand and Steiner
Deep down in Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn a few weeks ago. Just along Nostrand Ave south of Eastern Parkway is a concentration of Caribbean restaurants, bars and clubs. On the corner of Nostrand and Steiner just outside of the 2/3 subway stop is Hammond’s Bakery and Jerk Center. They proudly display their massive grill in the window. Hammonds is not a sit down place (there’s no chairs or tables), and that is probably a good thing because there was a huge line when I check it out. I got the Jerked Chicken special over rice for just $5. Thanks to the high turnover here, you’ll always get freshly grilled chicken. You can adjust the spice levels with the bottle of jerk sauce available on the counter.]]>
I wrote about the Jamaican Dutchy Street food cart last month see: Jamaican Dutchy Street Food Cart – 51st & 7th Ave Midtown NY. Seems like the Jamaican Street Food Cart got their operation a little more streamlined. They have 2 windows – one to order and one for pickup/payment. I went recently and got a small order (they load it on so unless you are dying of hunger a small order should do) of the Jerked Chicken and now I know the reason why the line is packed everyday – this is incredible jerked chicken. The skin is perfectly spiced and charred with some intense smoky flavors. I went with a Jamaican co worker of mine and she says on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being authentic Jamaican, this was a close 10 and the best without actually going all the way to Jamaica. From the one time I’ve been to Jamaica I also agree that it’s right on. My advice – go early (10:30/11am) or late 1:30PM to avoid the rush.]]>
On the Roundabout in Negril Jamaica
(On the street)
Jerk Chicken is a national staple in Jamaica and you can get your hands on it as soon as you land at the airport and many of the fast food restaurants, Jerk Chicken is also served at pretty much all the restaurants including the posh hotels that line the 7 mile beach in Negril. But if you go out in the late evening, you can enjoy the some fresh smoked jerk chicken right on the street just as the locals do. We found this vendor selling his jerk chicken right off of the roundabout in Negril selling tasty meals right out of his portable food cart. He says he arrives around 8 pm and stays pretty late. The smoke and aroma serves as his neon sign and the crowds of kids and cars serve as confirmation that this guy knows what he’s doing. If you read the Plate Of the Day blog regularly, you’ll know how much I enjoy street food. It’s the best way to get the most authentic food (cause that’s what the locals are eating) and you can’t really complain about the prices either. Funny enough there was a sugar cane vendor who set up his shop next to the jerk chicken guy. We grabbed a pack of sugar canes as well and hopped on our scooter and went off to enjoy our meal.]]>