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7 Reasons Why Food Trucks Are The Best Invention To Hit NYC

By Anna Lesser 

Wouldn’t your life be much easier if a food truck could magically appear by your office? Oh wait. It can be!! Here are the top 7 reasons food trucks were the best thing to hit the streets of NYC.

1) You get to stand in line and socialize with real people. Outdoors. In the sun.

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2) You get to eat food that looks like this:

Frites'N'Meats Burger
Frites’N’Meats Burger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) …..and this:

Neapolitan Pizza
Neapolitan Pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) People will ask to take your picture and you will feel famous (and glamorous) for 15 seconds

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5) You look like an absolute stud eating it:

Frites'N'Meats Burger
Frites’N’Meats Burger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6) You can look cool while carrying delicious pizza to the office:

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7) Finally, if you work at Tumblr, you can look like this. Nuff said.

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If you’re wondering how to look like this and eat delicious food truck food, fear not, we have the answer for you! Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com to have the food truck of your dreams come to your office! It’s easy, affordable, and clearly the what the cool kids are doing.

 

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a socially conscious online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: http://www.foodtoeat.com

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Not Your Average Hot Dog: Papaya King Truck Takes On NYC

By Anna Lesser

Behind the Food Truck is a FoodtoEat original series where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

Photo Credit: Papaya King
The brand new Papaya King Truck | Photo credit: Papaya King

If you haven’t heard yet, Papaya King, the well-known NYC hot dog and fruity drinks restaurant now has its own food truck bringing hot dog loving to the streets.

Let’s rewind about 80 years ago. It’s 1932 and Gus Poulos, the founder, literally the “Papaya King” if you will, discovered papaya on a vacation to Miami. He shortly began importing the fruit to New York to make his own tropical drink. A great idea, but sadly no one came to try the drink so Gus decided to dress girls up in hula skirts and gave the drinks away for free – creative marketing for that time. New Yorkers quickly became hooked. He was inspired by his girlfriend to bring frankfurters to his juice stand on 86th and 3rd Avenue. And that was the birth of a NYC classic.

Wayne Rosenbaum, President and Jason Witkes, Marketing Manager

Along with their two locations on 86th and Marks Place, their bright yellow truck can be found roaming around midtown and sometimes at The Seaport.

Last week, we sat down with Wayne Rosenbaum and Jason Witkes of Papaya King to chat about their new food truck (and they fed us amazing hot dogs and fried oreos!). Wayne is really enjoying the food truck business so far. “I love it! It’s definitely different than the store, a lot more logistically challenging because of space, but we have the same methods as we do in the store. Everything is exactly the same, ” he said enthusiastically.

Wayne’s love for hot dogs sparked his creative imagination while experimenting with new recipes. His newest addition to the food truck, The Crunchy Munch, is one hot dog you definitely do not want to miss. Filled with jalapeños, sweetened pickles, sautéed onions, and crunchy potato sticks, your taste buds will be in hot dog heaven.

In New York, there are millions of places to grab a hot dog on the go, but none of them beats Papaya King, an establishment so intricately connected to the city and the heart of food entrepreneurs; a man who started with just a juice stand, ended up creating a delicious empire and now is returning to its roots and back to the streets with a food truck. Wayne says, “We have been an 82-year old brand, since 1932. So with that we are the first branded hot dog truck in history in New York.” You don’t hear that everyday from a hot dog restaurant!

Papaya King Hot Dog, Photo Credit: Papaya King
Papaya King’s Custom Hot Dogs – perfection | Photo credit: Papaya King

Wayne and Jason have their hot dog system down to a science. New York now has its options between St. Marks place, 86th street, or their new restaurant on wheels! At the end of the day, Papaya King is a fun restaurant and food truck where there is a flavorful mix of hot dogs and fruity drinks that will leave you wanting more.

We’re excited to welcome Papaya King to the FoodtoEat family, where they will be helping us feed hot dogs and fruity drinks to people all over the city. Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com if you want Papaya King Food Truck to cater your next event!

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a socially conscious online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: http://www.foodtoeat.com

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Foodies of New York: Ava Hariri-Kia

Ava Hariri-Kia
Ava Hariri-Kia

By Rachel Wells 

Part of a series that documents real New Yorkers and their love affair with food. 

Meet Ava: a spunky, fun and super-smart fashionista from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She’s a high school freshman at the Spence School who dances, acts and sings. She’s involved in all aspects of the performing arts at school  – and for good reason. She’s a talented lady who focuses on being happy.

She prefers ordering online, and does so frequently. When she goes out, Ava’s favorite place to eat is Momoya, a gorgeous sushi bar with two convenient locations; one in Chelsea and one on the Upper West Side. Ava adds that both locations are equally great. She discovered the restaurant on a lunch-date with her sister. Since then, she’s been hooked! She always orders the crispy rice – “it’s truly amazing!” She has yet to try a food truck other than Mister Softee, the soft-serve ice cream truck, but isn’t opposed to the option. With FoodtoEat’s list of food truck vendors, finding a great place to nosh isn’t hard at all.

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Momoya’s “Lobster Tempura, Spicy Scallop and Spicy Tuna Roll” (photo credit: freerangechowhound.wordpress.com)

She believes that the social scene’s deep-rooted connection to food is a special and characteristic part of New York City living. “There are so many different types of grub from all over the world in one place – on one little island! Where else could you stop for a legit Italian coffee, have an authentic Japanese lunch and then have homemade gelato for dessert – all in a 5-block radius?” She suggests that tourists try one of the Shake Shack locations before leaving – but to call ahead and to make sure they’re serving the iconic “wavy fries.” The Shack Burger is a New Yorker fave, and isn’t all that big, so make sure to grab a shake with your order. Also – be prepared to wait on-line. It’s no secret that this place rocks!

Shake Shack's "Burger and Fries" (photo credit: hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com)
Shake Shack’s “Burger and Fries” (photo credit: hashtagphoebe.blogspot.com)

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

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And the 2013 Vendy Award goes to…

The stage was set.  All 28 trucks in attendance had exhausts revving to the max. Brooklyn Brewery had the beverages handled. The crowd was pumped and the lines were growing. Our base of operations was thoroughly fortified with enough antacids and lemonade to quench the biggest post Vendy tummy ache.

This particular feeling was the polar opposite of the first day of school. In fact it felt like the only thing to do was to conduct a gastric stress test, challenge accepted. I began with the empanadas. Nucha’s won the rookie of the year award and their portabella spinach empanadas were undoubtedly made to please. Juicy wholesome mushrooms slathered with cheese and seasoned spinach had a wooing effect on my stomach, I had another plate. Then it was onto the Souvlaki King of Astoria.

The Souvlaki King surely had his ingredients primed and cooked just before he set them up for each order, or maybe I just got lucky. Everything was fresh and simply delicious. The fries were perfectly crisped and the meats seemed as they were lovingly coaxed into scrumptious treats to fill out the falfal goodie bags.Image

My favorite every year has always been The Cinnamon Snail – they’re vegan. All of their sandwiches were flavorful and thought provoking to say the least. Korean BBQ Seitan, Lemon Caper Grilled Oyster Mushrooms and Lemongrass Tempeh Tacos. Wow. For a vegan buff like myself, its difficult to find restaurants that serve up vegan food, so a travelling truck filled with serious eats is as close to a blessing as I can get.  After topping off at The Snail I was beginning to feel woozy.

So, I decided that a couple of slices of Neopolitan Express would.. well, pizza always is medicinal. The light crust the sweet sauce and the understated basil and mozzarella were perfect. This was my go to truck. The most amazing part about the experience was the turn over. They had pies coming out at a rate of a bajillion per minute – which was around my heart rate after I had my first few bites. I’m definitely following these guys around for a while (purely out of love for the pizza not as a groupie).Image

At this point my mind and my stomach were beginning to tear at my gut

When my appetite finally caught up with the contents of my stomach – which were still only about 45 cm away from my oral cavity – I decided to check out the HUGE line at Olomega’s. I ordered the loroco flowers and cheese pupusa and noshed away. I noshed loud and I noshed strong; It was an experience to behold.  It was only after wiping my mouth of the delicious remnants did I understand what the hushed whispers were about, the pupusas were like the mets in ‘86, a hit – I miss them now.  Image

As I sulked back over to our temporary headquarters with my cranberry glazed donut cake from The Snail truck, I realized that I hadn’t even tried the summer ales from the Brooklyn Brewery. It was tasty but it didn’t help me get over the long wait till my next empanada or pupusa.  So I meditated on the ordeals of the day. Lessons learned, go into the vendys with an empty stomach, a steadfast resolve and if you fail at eating everything then learn to say no more.

The 2013 Vendys was an experience, the food was amazing everywhere, the crowd was spectacular the energy was plentiful and luckily for me (and the rest of the Foodtoeat team) Joey Chestnut, competitive eater, wasn’t in attendance.

Congratulations to Olomega for winning the Vendy Cup and to Lukes obster for taking home The Peoples Tastes Award, you guys are amazing and your food proves it.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com