We took at trip out to Vietnam last week and enjoyed the most amazing fresh food. Pho, summer rolls, banh mi, etc. Here’s a roadside cart that I found near our hotel in Hoi An Vietnam. The banh bread rolls are kept warm and crispy over a charcoal burning stove. The don’t use mayo here but a combination of fish sauce, oils, and spreads. Meats are a little different from the usual bbq pork that I’m used to. Pickled carrots and daikon are fresh, also sawtooth corriander is a popular addition to food in this region. Really brings out a new texture and taste.
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!]]>
39th and Broadway
Midtown New York
I’ve long known about the Dosa cart but just couldn’t get myself to walk the extra block past one of my favorite Halal Carts : Little Morocco on 39th and 7th. But yesterday I ate a huge breakfast and wasn’t too hungry and decided to give the Dosa a shot. If you’ve never had Dosa’s, they are a pancake like crepe made out of rice and lentil batter. It’s usually stuffed with vegetables and a curry sauce but sometimes you’ll find variations with meat as well.
The Dosa cart offers a few variations (all vegetarian). I got the Mysore Masala which has spicy cauliflower curry. The dosas are freshly made on the grill to order and it comes with a side of lentil soup in a small cup. For $5 , you won’t get the amount of food as you’ll get at the Little Morocco Halal cart a block away but honestly the long lines you see out of this cart easily tells you that the dosa dude does some serious business (he’s got a monopoly on his product afterall).
At the cart, you can also pick up some samosas for $3 if you don’t think you’ll be stuffed. It actually was very filling and I will definitely go back again sometime soon. Enjoy!]]>
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!]]>
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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 ! :
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 !]]>
Location: Dumbo Flea Market (literally directly under the Brooklyn Bridge landing).
Open from 11am to 6pm every Sunday.
Haven’t completed your holiday shopping yet? Check out the Brooklyn Flea! Under an amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge near the Brooklyn ferry landing is an excellent line up of vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, art, collectibles and more! Even more amazing to me was the lineup of food vendors in the back corner. A few weeks ago when we went to visit, there was an interesting Korean Hot Dog stand that took the Kogi BBQ concept by combining traditional Korean with sausages. There was also a full fledged mobile wood burning pizza cart and a fresh lobster bisque from Red Hook Lobster Pound. But that day, by measure of the long line of patrons slicing through entire length of the flea market, the most popular food vendor was the Salvadorean Pupusa Stand. It’s the same Pupusa vendor from the legendary Red Hook Soccer Fields. Everything is freshly handmade and grilled before you. For all you procrastinators, the Brooklyn Flea is a great way to get out to the city, pick up some great gifts and most importantly some awesome food at the same time! Enjoy!]]>