Grilled Cheese from Milk Truck

Today at the World Financial Center we saw a particularly appetizing food truck with a manageable line, the Milk Truck. I knew the Milk truck offered grilled cheese sandwiches, and given the cold windy day, it seemed like it would be the perfect place for lunch.

The milk truck has a very appetizing truck design, something about the cream color and orange on the truck’s exterior immediately made me salivate, and the smell of melted cheese and lightly burnt bread coming from the interior just made my stomach grumble even more. The menu items were much pricier than I expected, with the sandwiches all being $6 and up and the sides nearly as expensive. I opted to go with a traditional combo of a grilled cheese and tomato soup.

The Milk Truck classic is the least expensive sandwich, made with “aged Wisconsin Gruyere, and cultured butter on Balthazar Levain Pullman bread”, I added bacon for an additional two dollars. The tomato soup is described as “classic pureed soup made with plum tomatoes, chicken stock and spices, topped with Parmesan shavings”. The entire meal came to a little over $12, a little more than I would have hoped to spend on a grilled cheese and a soup, but I was hungry.

The sandwich was definitely stuffed with cheese, and when I pulled it apart the cheese stretched in a very photogenic way. The Gruyere was delicious, but seemed to harden too quickly for liking. I could hardly taste the bacon inside, either they didn’t put enough in or it was a little too overcooked. The sandwich was tasty was far too small to hold me over for a few hours. The bread tasted a little bit like rye, and paired well with the cheese.

The soup might have been my biggest complaint with the entire meal. For the $5 I spent on it, it was a small paper bowl of regular tomato soup. Maybe I should have expected this before ordering, but from the description of plum tomatoes, spices and parmesan shavings, I was pretty disappointed when my soup tasted just like regular tomato soup. When I dipped my sandwich in it the soup overpowered the entire taste of the grilled cheese, so that didn’t help my situation much either.

Overall the meal was good, not great, but definitely a good meal. If I had ordered it in a diner I probably would have raved about it, but I think there’s some essence to a food truck that makes you expect more unique, gourmet food. And at $12, I probably won’t be returning to the Milk Truck, considering I could have gotten a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster for just $4 more. The Milk Truck gave me a tasty, homestyle treat, but as a lunch, I could have used a little more sustenance.

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Comme Ci Comme Ca: Authentic Mediterranean Food

Today we were surprised to see the Comme Ci Comme Ca truck, also known as ChefSamirTruck parked on 52nd Street in midtown. I’ve only see this truck before around Wall Street, and given that they were recently declared as finalists in the upcoming Vendy Awards Rookie of the Year category, today seemed the perfect opportunity to sample some of their Middle Eastern food.

While Cous Cous is a dish that they are well known for, I opted to try one of their sandwich entrees, the Moroccon Kofta Brochette sandwich with beef, vegetables and sauces inside a baguette. For $6, the sandwich was smaller than I hoped, but it was one of the most perfect sandwiches I’ve ever had from a food truck. The baguette seemed to be hollowed out on the inside for the filling to fit perfectly inside. With the baguette closed, it would appear to be just a loaf of bread, but opened and you can see that it’s a full sandwich. The beef portions were generous inside, and the hot sauce and white sauce added a delicious kick to the vegetable mixture. The taste was some of the best flavored meat I’ve had from a halal vendor, which I guess accounts for the hefty prices. Sausage and cous cous can run you around $9, and the sides are all upwards of $3. Putting the price aside however, Comme Ci Comme Ca is a truly delicious Mediterranean truck, and we wish them the best of luck at the Vendy Awards this year.

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Kimchi Taco Truck, A New Take on Korean Fusion

The Kimchi Taco Truck stops in midtown for lunch during weekdays, and offers yet another take on the increasingly popular Korean fusion food genre. As one of the few food trucks still around midtown, we decided to check it out to see what all the buzz was about. That, and the mouthwatering photos the truck posted to it’s twitter. The truck offers a variety of tacos, “kim” cheese steaks, burrito bowls, and authentic Korean sides like spicy rice cakes. We opted to try the most notable menu item, the Kimchi taco. The menu was pricier than we’d hoped, but for $7 we got three kimchi tacos, choosing the Korean BBQ beef over the spicy pork and pulled chicken.


The taco’s came in a biodegradable box, it seems that all of the Kimchi Truck’s packaging is biodegradable, including their utensils, straws and bags. The tacos were packed full of beef and kimchi, and topped with scallions and cilantro. The kimchi was definitely authentic, pungent enough that it smelled through the bag and still left a lingering smell in our office. Adding kimchi to a taco is sheer brilliance, it went amazingly with the scallions and cilantro, and created a truly unique taste. We were sadly underwhelmed by the beef however. It was cut in smaller pieces than I expected and the texture was more like ground beef than Korean BBQ. The kimchi may have overpowered some of its taste, but the beef was a little too mild, and we could hardly taste it beneath the flavorful toppings. The soft taco shell was pretty standard, though a little tough sometimes.

Overall we found the kimchi to be the best part of the entire taco, while the beef was much blander than other Korean BBQ trucks like Bapcha or Korilla. Our advice: order a side of kimchi for $3 and get the rest of your meal somewhere else.

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Eggstravaganza Cart

             Eggstravaganza Cart is a savory breakfast oasis open when few other vendors have set out or opened their doors. The small cart features Mexican style breakfast food, and seems permanently parked in midtown, on 52nd street. The vendor is perfectly arranged for early risers, as it opens at 4am and stays until 2:30pm, just after the lunch rush. I tried a steak and egg taco and a western omelette, for $4 and $5.25 respectively. The portions were decent but I would have expected slightly more for the cost. The two orders collectively more than filled me up, but individually one order would not have been enough.
             I love salsa with my eggs, and was pleased with the generous portion Eggstravaganza gave me. The salsa was milder than I expected, but accompanied the steak and eggs very well. The tortilla was surprisingly good as well, better than some taco trucks that I have tasted from in the area. Eggstravaganza Cart offers satisfying food in the morning, and opens earlier than the sun rises most days. Though the portions may not be grand, it hits the spot first thing in the morning.
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