The Village Voice’s first annual "Choice Streets" food truck celebration was a success. Last night, over 21 of New York City’s well-loved food trucks gathered on Pier 86 of a well-known city landmark, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. This highly anticipated event was sold out within 5 days, and with all the glorious fare, foodies from all over the city couldn’t help but to fill their faces with a lot of food and many smiles.
DJ sets by Finger on the Pulse, twin brothers Darin and Greg Bresnitz who host a popular food-meets-music radio show, set the party mood for this outside soiree that took place by the water on a chilly evening. That didn’t stop our city’s food enthusiasts, they stood on line waiting for their favorites- sometimes they even went back for more.
Participants included Morris Grilled Cheese Truck, The Taim Mobile, Phil’s Steaks, Mexicue, Soulvaki GR, Green Pirate Juice Truck, Valducci’s Original Pizza, NYC Healthy Bites, Chinese Mirch and Red Hook Lobster Pound. To wash down each bite sponsors from Shock Top Beer, Pisco Porton, Southern Wines and Spirits, Jameson, Svedka and smartwater were there to quench attendees’ thirst.
Keep a look out for this event next year, it is definitely worth every bite and every penny. If any of these dishes sound like they would be right up your alley, you can follow them on Twitter and Facebook to see where they are perched for the day.
Here's a list of our favorite food truck dishes:
Coolhaus’ name was inspired by three things: Bauhaus, a modernist design movement in the '20s and '30s; Rem Koolhaas, the famous Dutch architect and theorist; and a Cool house, which refers to the “roof” and “floors” of the sandwich, which is a cookie, and its ice cream walls. We tried the Red Velvet Cookie with Candied Bacon and Brown Butter Ice Cream. Our tastebuds instantly ascended the staircase of ice cream sandwich heaven.
Many places in the city have a Philly Cheesesteak on their menu, however they aren't all as tasty as Phil's. This food truck really knows how to combine the perfect mixture of meat, mushrooms, onions and cheese that they sandwich between the soft bread that soaks in all the good juices. Handing out a healthy portion at this tasting event, many returned to this truck multiple times.. including us!
A pupusa is a popular street food in El Salvador, that resembles a tortilla except it is often stuffed with cheese, beans or meat. If you never tried one, you should find your way to this food truck to try a little taste of what you're missing out on. Our pupusa was set up with the works: tomato sauce, pickled jalapenos, red onion, cabbage and sour cream. This truck added a nice mix to the many latin-influenced food trucks that were participating.
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
What happens when you can combine all natural flavors and make a slushy? We will tell you, magic. Pick your own base and fruit syrup to drizzle on top. We tried the Ginger base with Passion Fruit topper, not only was it refreshing but it was still easy to take down even with the cold breeze flowing through the air. The Arnold Palmer was also a delight. This is definitely the truck to check out during our brutal summer months.
Serving authentic Belgian-style waffles and mini waffles, this food truck settled into the list of favorites from the moment our lips met the dough. Topped with spekuloos spread and whipped cream, de throwdown wafel is the one to try. Their presentation at the event was also absolutely beautiful, aside from mouth-watering.