So I was out in Berlin a few weeks ago and checked out multiple street döner and currywurst places throughout the city. First of all, I just have to say I love Berlin. Great people, great food, great parks, museums, art and overall quite affordable.
It’s like strolling around the East Village but paying only $3 for great German beer. How can you go wrong with that? You can’t especially when you can get amazing fresh döner for just 1.9 euros or a little under $3.
Döner, schwarma, or gyros are basically sandwiches filled with slices of crispy rotisserie lamb, tomatoes, sliced onions, shredded lettuce, tzatziki sauce and spiced. But unlike in New York, in Germany everything is of the highest quality even at the most hardcore basic street vendor. Fresh non genetically modified tomatoes, fresh bread (not the stale pita pockets), and crispy spiced lamb. It makes a huge difference – I can live off this stuff. Definitely adding Berlin to the list of places to live!!!
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!
Little Morocco Halal Middle Eastern Food Cart Located at 39th and 7th Ave Midtown New York NY
I’ve been working in the garment district for over 6 months now and although I do miss the famous halal guys cart out on 53rd and 6th, I’ve found some equally good carts near my new job. Particularly great is the Little Morocco cart on 39th and 7th Ave next to the famous Pentagram Needle and Button Sculpture on Fashion Plaza.
While you don’t get as much quantity as the halal guys, at Little Morocco you definitely get more quality. Ok, before I piss off a lot of hard core street food enthusiasts, let me explain what I mean by quality. I like the food at 53rd and 6th, but if you break it down, it’s rice, some salad (iceberg lettuce and tomatoes), tons of meat and then the white sauce and hot sauce. At Little Morocco, the halal plate is a lot more: in addition to the meat, rice and salad, you get some garbanzo beans, some onions, some corn, parsley, dill, and other herbs that add complexity and flavor to the meal. Plus, if you are nice
they’ll throw in a few French fries or a falafel for free. The result is a very tasty platter of Middle Eastern food. I’m a little disappointed that the hot sauce is not nearly a fraction as spicy as the hot sauce at the Halal Guys, but as an added bonus there isn’t a line halfway down the street, so you can just go and pick up the food immediately at Little Morocco. If you really like halal street food, you definitely should check out the Little Morocco halal cart on 39th and 7th avenue. The guys are always really friendly and deliver consistently great halal. Enjoy!
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!]]>
142 Montague St
Brooklyn Heights NY
(718) 875 – 2211
Among the brightly lit shops and restaurants on Montague St in Brooklyn Heights is a very personable Mediterannean and Turkish restaurant called Taze. Just to get into the restaurant feels like you are going over to a friend’s house as you enter into an unmarked apartment building entrance and walk up a flight of stairs (watch out for the mail that is perched over the mailboxes next to the staircase!). Once inside, you have a choice of sitting at one of the tables that overlook Montague (great people watching viewpoints) or taking a tour through the kitchen to get toTaze’s hidden outdoor patio. It was a nice night with only a slight breeze, so we chose the outdoor patio and sat down next to a table of girls enjoying a bottle of wine and a large hookah.
We started with the red lentil soup which was nicely spiced and served with a dish of warm toasted pita bread. Next was a plate of mucver (fried zucchini pancakes) covered with dill and a light yogurt sauce. Finally we attempted (but failed) to finish the grilled special for two. It’s an enormous plate of delicious meats including beef kebabs, chicken, and lamb over rice and salad. If you are going to order this, bring some help – you could easily split it among four to be honest. We’re definitely coming back because we heard the fish specials are great and we didn’t even make it for dessert. I’m also pretty sure the Taze’s outdoor patio will become a makeshift beergarden this summer. Enjoy!]]>
176 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn NY 11201
718 834 9533
I’ve always been able to get out of jury duty. In California the trick is to say you work on commission and they let you go immediately. Here in Brooklyn it’s a little different. I got picked and served 2 weeks in Grand Jury. It’s actually not so bad since I was able to learn a lot about the law and hit up a few good places to eat nearby.
Day 1. I went to a sandwich shop named Zam’s. It’s ok, it’s not bad but nothing special.
Day 2. I ditched Jury Duty to go to work
Day 3. On the recommendation of a friend I checked out Yemen Cafe on Atlantic @ Court. It’s kind of a hike from the courthouse but I think it’s worth it. You’ll see a lot of cab drivers along with some locals. It’s barebones interiors but the food is pretty good.
I got the Loubia which is Yemeni risotto, lamb cooked with vegetables served with rice or bread for $10. (A lot of food – maybe not the best for trying to stay awake during jury duty)]]>
191 Bedford Ave ? (Next door to Bagelsmith @ N7th St)
In Jan, when I visited Gisa in Germany I remember eating at a Turkish Kebab place with a funny sidewalk sign that read: “Döner makes you Schöner” (lamb kebabs make you pretty). So naturally I laughed when I saw that the space that was once the optical shop on Bedford and N7th is now a brand new Turkish Döner shop.
But before you write off Oasis, the original kebab of Williamsburg, I’m going to have to say that Turkish Döner comes up a bit short. The döner in Germany is amazing. That place in Cologne that had the “Döner makes you schöner” sign actually rolled their own fresh flat bread with each schwarma order. Here, like the majority of places in NY, they use prepared tasteless pita bread. On the plus side, Turkish Döner loads up the meat to the brim of the pita. I think what’s missing, besides fresh flat bread that no one seems to do here in NY, is the dressing of the coleslaw salad. Then again, it’s their first week so I’m going to give it a bit of time. (I asked – these guys aren’t from Turkey or Germany) Either way, here’s another option for those late night places to hit every weekend.]]>
As you know I love checking out the local street food wherever I travel. In California, you have to try the Mexican as you would the Tex Mex in Texas or the Carribean food in NY. In Germany there’s a large Turkish population so Döner and other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes are quite easy to find. One of the places I tried was Greek with a German twist. The name of the place, Grillstation 2002, however was what really got me through the door. Not to mention that it was Gisa’s 2nd time there so we had to verify if the food during the day was as good as it was after a night of drinking. I got a standard gyro sandwich and she got the Currywurst with fries.
Currywurst, a popular German streetfood is just what it sounds like – a hot pork sausage served with a curry sauce made usually with a mixture of ketchup and curry powder. It’s usually served with a side of fries or bread.
You can find these Döner shops all over Cologne and they are the best way to get a quick and affordable meal. An average Döner shawarma is about 3-4 Euros. In Berlin, they are even cheaper ~ 1.5-3.0 Euro. Guten Appetit!]]>
New York NY Restaurant Week Summer 2008
NY Restaurant Week ( Summer Edition ) all starts one week from Monday and at the special 3 course prix fixe meals of $24 for lunch / $35 for dinner, you’d better book your reservations ASAP!!
Some notables for this summer’s NY Restaurant Week:
Which restaurants will you be checking out? Place your comment below]]>