295 Berry St
Kern C. on Yelp says “Wow. They taste way better than Chipotle,their prices cheaper than Chipotle’s anddd they are seemingly less stingy with the ingredients than Chipotle”.
Dude, Chipotle is owned by McDonalds and although it’s fast food Mexican with debatable quality on par with Taco Bell, this statement isn’t saying much. I’m from San Diego and so it still blows my mind how hard it is to find authentic good cheap Mexican food in New York. If Roberto’s, Alberto’s or King Taco opened up in New York there would be a line down the street like when Five Guys opened in MidTown (at least I hope people would know the difference and that would be the case).
In the meantime you can go down to the soccer fields down in Red Hook, up to the Super Tacos on W96th Street 2/3 subway stop for the tacos, or visit a Mexican grocery deli like Mexico 2000 in Williamsburg. Otherwise you can also opt for hipster Mexican. Hipster Mexican means good Mexican food but not as cheap as you’d get in California or the streets of TJ. La Superior has been around for some time in Williamsburg so it deserves some real props. Tacos are $2.50 each – the Carnitas, Pescado and Carne Asada are all great. While you are out in Williamsburg, be sure to also check out the Diablo truck inside of Union Pool and the burrito cart inside of the Woods are also good. Sorry, I’m not a huge fan of the Endless Summer truck although I know it’s very popular.]]>
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.
1290 6th Ave @ 52nd St
The line at famous 53rd st Halal cart was incredibly long today so I circled back to the Breadmarket Cafe in our building only to find a large line at the burrito counter. The reason? $5 Burrito Friday specials – all burritos priced at $5. The sign though, is the clincher: “Impress your friends eat 2!” Sounds like a challenge to me!]]>
21 Waverly Pl (at NYU)
212 529 1500
New York NY
Who says you can’t get your cake and eat it too? Or in this case Guiness and burrito. Murphy and Gonzalez serves the best of two worlds: an Irish pub for your thirst and greasy Mexican food for your hunger. The concept is almost as cool as the bbq grill at San Diego’s legendary Turf Club.
I met my friend Mike a few weeks ago and we checked the place out for lunch. They have awesome drink specials and the portions are huge. For example the Nachos Gonzalez ($10) is listed under the appetizers section but could easily be a meal for 2 or 3. Great place to go to watch the game as they have TV monitors throughout the bar. Enjoy!
108 N 6th St
Last week (Fri Feb 12th) I attended Vendr.TV’s birthday celebration. It was one of those special ‘foodie’ events that you couldn’t quite pass up – cool people: Dan Delaney of Vendr.TV, James Boo from The Eaten Path and Seth Unger from Hamburger America / NYC Food Film Festival) + great food from Schnitzel and Things Food Truck, Calexico Carne Asada Food Cart, and Wafels and Dinges Food Truck. Of course with Dan Delaney and the rest of the Vendr.TV crew, you couldn’t expect anything less but some amazing food truck action and despite the freezing cold weather that night the turnout was quite impressive.
We got there about an hour after it started but at least I got one of the last remaining Schnitzel and Things’ burgers (these are amazing) and bratwurst (they only had chicken schnitzels left). Calexico only had chicken tacos at this point (no pork!). Then there was Wafel and Dinges. The line wrapped around the Calexico cart and almost back into the bar. Smelling the mixture of the smoky grilled chicken from the Calexico Cart and the sweet buttery aromas of Waffels from Wafel and Dinges made for an interesting (chicken and waffels anyone?) yet agonizing wait (approx 30 mins), but I have to say it was well worth it! It’s all about the Liège wafels my friend – and do yourself a favor, just order it plain with a little powdered sugar. It is good enough alone and the endless toppings only distract away from this pure perfection of a wafel. Awesome party Dan – Happy 1 year bday Vendr.TV !]]>
South 4th between Wythe and Kent
Hey have you been to the new The Woods bar in Williamsburg ? It’s just 2.5 weeks old, and I love it. First off, it’s got a a great selection of really cheap beer. “Working Man’s Cans” are just $3 (PBR, Schiltz, Schaeffer, Old Milwaukee, Colt 45, etc). Jameson and Bud $6! PBR Whisky $5! Pickleback (shot of Jameson and shot of pickle juice) seemed to be one of the most popular choices as well.
Speaking of Colt 45, I was at the bar with 2 Germans and they gave the thumbs up for the beer. It’s got some character in the taste they say. Maybe compared with Bud, PBR, and the others, that’s pretty true.
The Woods bar also has a nightly DJ and enough space for probably a band on the stage. But get this…they also have a really large outdoor space with a taco truck! Yes, and an authentic one as well. $2.50 tacos and $5.00 burritos. These are amazing tacos. I think it’s actually the same cart that was on Metropolitan and Bedford if I’m not mistaken.
The Woods is definitely going to be a success. It was completely packed last Friday night. I can only imagine what it’s going to be like in the summer. By the way, also on S4th (off of Bedford) is another new bar named Bar-Celona – it’s more of a speakeasy cocktail bar with fancy rococo furniture, fireplace and chandeliers. 100% different crowd from The Woods. Check it out!
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.]]>