Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!
From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.
Here’s the line up so far:
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream
This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.
See you there!]]>
Last year I checked out the food truck Vendr.TV bday party at the Cove in Williamsburg. Despite the cold and the long lines, it was a blast with great food, music and beers.
Well another year has quickly past and Daniel is setting up a 2nd party. Here’s his invite and link to register:
See you there!!!
Last year, many of you came to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to celebrate VendrTV’s 1st Birthday. The Party was a huge success. Tons of great food, killer music, and lots of dancing. Best of all, was that I got to hang with so many of you!
Well, VendrTV’s approaching it’s second birthday, and we’re trying to figure out what to do! We think we’ll do something a bit more low key this year, but we’re still figure it out.
I’m trying to get a head count of who might be around, and interested in attending. The party will probably be sometime in February.
If you think you’d like to come, please click the link below and add yourself to the list. I’ll update you with information when we start to lock things down.
Hope you’re all doing well, and I hope I get to see you all soon again!
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!]]>
265 W 37th St
New York, NY 10079
If you look hard enough, you’ll find some hidden culinary gems throughout the city in the most unusual places. Awhile back I wrote about the hidden Ecuadorian Restaurant El Rincon Del Sabor in the heart of the Diamond District on W47th. Then there’s one of my favorites, Mexico 200 in the back of a Mexican grocery deli in Williamsburg Brooklyn. I recently checked out El Sabroso in the heart of the garment district. El Sabroso is pretty easy to miss, despite the large blue banner on the outside – the difficult part of finding the restaurant is that it’s located at the back of a dark freight elevator entrance. Relax, it’s legit, has great food, and it’s cheap. They have a lot of rice and meat specials. I got the roasted pork (pernil) with rice and beans for just $6. I was tempted to pull up a stool next to some garment workers and enjoy the breeze off of the oscillating fan but had to jet back to work. Will need to come back and knock back a few negra modellos (I think they serve beer) on the food counter next time.
240 W 35th St
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
Manhattan, NY 10001
Just started a new job recently down in the garment district. I’m missing the access to Ma Peche and the famous halal cart on 53rd (and all my friends at msft of course), but so far lots of great places to check out down here and mostly at a fraction of the prices of Midtown. Last week, one of my coworkers who happens to be Puerto Rican took us out to Cafe Nunez on 35th St. Once you walk in, you’ll understand it’s definitely legit.
It’s got a long buffet bar with steaming platters of all your Spanish favorites like: Sopa de Pescados y Mariscos al Brandy/Sea Food Soup: Basa, clam, mussels, shrimp, Calamari in a Saffron Broth with vegetables and a splash of brandy ($7), Ceviche Peruano, guarnicionado de perlas caribeña y leche tigre ($7), Chicharrón de pollo marinado con chimichurri Crispy Boneless chicken chunks marinated with Seville oranges ($6), Cuban Sandwiches ($7) and others. On certain nights, this Cafe Nunez becomes a club with a DJ and live salsa dancing!
The all you can eat buffet is just $11.95 during lunch or you can pick from list of dishes below for the lunch take out for just $8.
Rotisserie Chicken Jumbo Meatballs
Dominican Stew Chicken Dominican Stew Codfish
Boneless Fried Chicken Chunks Fried Pork Chops
Baked BBQ Ribs (Pernil) Roasted Pork
Dominican Stew Pork Stewed Oxtail
Stewed Goat Sautéed steak
Oven roasted Dominican Egg plant w/ seasoned vegetables
All orders come w/ sweet plantains, potato salad, and a choice
of either white rice and red beans, rice and peas, tostones or
For $9 they have a 4-min special where they basically take the food off the buffet table and bring it to your table. We did this option but I think it depends on your waiter – ours definitely took longer than 4 minutes to order!
I wanted the Pernil but they ran out so I tried a beef stew over rice and beans. It was awesome and so filling that I should have picked up a cup of Starbucks at the end of the block. Enjoy!
p.s. If you get a dish with the tostones (non sweet plantains), ask for the mojito garlic sauce. It’s amazing!]]>
From Cruz Bay:
104 to 10East
7 miles till Jct 107 South
1.5 miles along Jct 107
Of all the meals on our trip to the US Virgin Islands, Shipwreck Landing was one of my most memorable. It started out with a drive out to the far East end of the Island where we had some nice conch fritters (huge) at Vie’s Snack Shop and then back over the haulover bay for a 2 hour snorkel and kayak tour.
If you want to get away from the tourists at Trunk Bay, this is the place to go. Be sure to book a tour with www.hiddenreefecotours.com . These guys take you to untouched spots with ancient coral and make it fun and educational at the same time. There’s practically no one else around in the entire bay! Anyways that night we drove back to the East side and checked out Shipwreck Landing. They had a live jazz band playing by the bar that night and we were told to try the grouper special. St John is mostly volcanic rock so there isn’t much as far as locally grown food. Even fish is usually shipped in frozen from the other islands, except for grouper which is apparently quite plentiful in these waters. It was also Gisa’s birthday and I tried to surprise her but some girls hanging out at the bar overheard me telling the waitress and spoiled the surprise. Despite that, the cake over ice cream was awesome. A very mellow, fun place to hang out and have some drinks, enjoy live music and eat amazing food. Check it out!]]>
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St John US Virgin Islands
Candi’s Delights is one of a several food trucks that we found on the Island of St John. It’s permanently parked just over the hill on Cruz bay about a 5 min drive from all the tourist trap restaurants in Cruz Bay. After eating out at a few fancy restaurants during the week, it was nice to just sit down and have some grilled fish fresh off the grill. The combo includes a side of peas and rice, fries and salad for $14. That’s actually cheap on this island believe it or not. It was also a lot of food, so we couldn’t complain.
Check out Candi’s -it’s the home of “de come back sauce” after all ! :
16118 little plantation
Coral bay, St. john, usvi
Sweet Plantains Restaurant St John
Sweet Plantains is probably the most ‘upscale’ restaurant on the East end of St John. Situated across the road on the Coral Bay harbor, Sweet Plantains offers amazing views from the garden patio tables and from within its air conditioned indoor dining. We learned that the cofounders/chefs Prince and Rose Adams are originally from NY and have been living in St John for over eight years. After working for the top restaurants on the island including a stint at the Caneel Bay resort, they created an extensive menu that highlights all of the mouth watering flavors of the Caribbean. Sweet Plantains won the best chef award in 2007 for the entire Island.
We started with their famous honey jerked Jamaican chicken wings ($12). The wings are grilled with a spicy and sweet sauce over high heat that gives it a crispy bite but the meat is so tender it easily falls away from the bone. It’s served with a side of plantains. Get this dish for sure!
For entrée our favorite was the French Caribbean Sauce special (Sun and Mon) with jumbo shrimp. The sauce was unforgettable – signature ragout of herbs, spice infused with tomato sauce, julienne vegetables, capers and andouille sausage. How can you go wrong with that? It’s served with some large onion rings.
Sweet Plantains is definitely worth the drive across the island. We loved the food, the service and the views from the restaurant. Sweet Plantains restaurant also offers a great rum flight if you are interested in trying out the local rums.
East end of Rt 10 (Just past the 107 Junction)
Coral Bay, St John USVI
The entire population of St John US Virgin Island is no more than 5,000 people and of all those people, I’d say a majority are transplants from the US. While we were visiting St John, we heard so many stories from the locals who ended up staying on St John permanently after visiting for a short vacation. I don’t blame them; St John is beautiful and virtually untouched with 80% of the island uninhabited and protected as a National Park.
On the less touristy East end, all of the locals go to the Skinny Legs restaurant and bar. It’s THE place to hang out, socialize with the locals over beers and amazing burgers. It’s also super mellow like the rest of the island – the motto is “an ok place – same day service”.
Besides the food and drink, there’s usually a nightly fun event such as Monday movie nights, Wednesday Wii tennis night, etc. Definitely check out Skinny Legs when you visit St John US Virgin Islands!]]>
We had an awesome time down at St John and St Thomas US Virgin Islands last week. I’ll be blogging about some awesome places we checked out…]]>