One of my favorite food events I attended last year was Village Voice’s Choice Streets. Obviously one of the thing I liked about it was the location. It was held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. It was also one of the most causal food events I’ve been to. So of course this year I had to go back. While the format was the same, there were few things that were different from last year that, in a way, made this year a little less fun (just a little) but overall I still had a good time.
For some unknown reasons, few of the trucks didn’t show up and they may had sold more tickets than last year because the lines! There were few times where I just stood in a line for half an hour. And by 8:30p some of the trucks had ran out of food already which then added extra pressure on other trucks to continue.
Here are some bites I managed to get….
Desi Food Truck: I wasn’t able to try the chicken tikka masala but was able to eat a puri bhaji which is a deep fried round flat dough stuffed with curry vegetables. It was pretty much what I wanted in fried food. Slightly oily, crunchy and stuffed with curry flavored ingredients!
Been a long time fan of this truck and they’re veterans of events so the line was manageable. They served grilled chicken, Greek fries and pita which I went back for seconds. Hmmm so good!
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.: Power tip, get the Arnold Palmer. It’s good.
Andy Yang of Rhong Tiam: This truck won best presentation in my book with it’s flashing multi-color lights and music.
“The Basic” burger. First thought, tasted like Shake Shack but with some heat and obviously a thicker, medium rare, patty. The burger was excellent and I’m definitely going to track it down to try their other burgers like the…………General Tso. Yes a General Tso burger.
Miami Food Machine: Last year they were called the Bongo Brothers and served a pretty good Cubano. This year they came back as Miami Food Machine. Their guava bbq pulled pork taco was decent. I couldn’t really taste any guava.
Neapolitan Express: I had read about this truck over at Midtown Lunch and from what I read and what they told me after a 2nd go at it, was that…don’t expect too much from the pizza. Even though the slice I had had some nice char on the bottom, the dough tasted floury and the tomato sauce tasted funky.
Big D’s Grub: Their spicy pork taco was alright, I would have skipped the big chunks of cucumbers.
Mike N Willie’s: So many flautas this year. Their falafel flauta wasn’t as good as Mexico Blvd’s. The creamy sauce on top helped a bit.
While it wasn’t as much lay back as last year and lines were a bit longer, it was still pretty good event to go to. The view and being outdoor on a cool night definitely helped. Also catching up with friends while in line for half hour wasn’t so bad.