Bongo Brothers: New York’s Cuban Food Truck

For lunch today I tried New York City’s Cuban food truck, Bongo Brothers, looking for the perfect meal for a hot summer day. This truck usually operates downtown or in the West Village during lunch time, but they ventured to Midtown twice this week.  Bongo Brothers first caught my attention with their dreamy truck design, sparsely decorated with a red and yellow palm tree logo that made me crave a vacation, hopefully their food would take care of that.

Offering sandwiches, platters and sides, I decided to get the $9 ropa vieja platter, shredded flank steak with red peppers and sautéed onions, served with white rice, black beans, and two platano maduros (sweet plantains). The meal was nicely packaged in a plastic container, which helped keep all of the flavor locked in on my walk back to the office.

The platter contained far more meat than I anticipated; almost half the box was filled with shredded steak, which is more than I can say for most meat platters I’ve eaten. Though the meat was plentiful, it wasn’t as flavorful as I had hoped. The sweetness from the plantains added a good amount of flavor though, and complemented the meat’s flavor and texture very well. The rice and beans were consistently good, and were slightly flavored from the generous helping of steak on top. The meal also came with a small bun that I assumed was meant to accompany the meat to make a small sandwich – which is exactly what I did.

Though the ‘ropa vieja’ itself wasn’t as flavorful as I had hoped, the side dishes and the quantity of meat provided more than made up for this. Bongo Brothers offers a good lunch at a great price, and in addition to the items I mentioned they have several other sandwiches and platters I would love to try, like the Cuban sandwich, the marinated pork and the mojo chicken.

You can pre-order from Bongo brothers and skip the lines here.

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How Not to Cut a Food Truck Line

Anderson Cooper’s new show ‘Anderson’ recently snagged some footage of a paid actor cutting lines at a crowded food cart in New York City. In the video the actor casually cuts close to the front of the line while talking on his cell phone, acting completely oblivious to his surroundings. The actor was closely watched by producers throughout the shooting of the video, just in case things got out of hand.

The New Yorkers getting cut in line at the food cart are less hostile to the undercover actor than expected. Many of them complain about how long they have been waiting in line, but some even allow him to remain in line despite his obnoxious behavior.

Ordering online or calling ahead and pre-ordering from food trucks or carts is a simple way for hungry patrons to get their food ahead of other customers, just the way making reservations at a restaurant allows you to skip a lengthy wait on a busy evening. However in these scenarios a customer would walk directly to the window of the food cart and receive their food, rather than blatantly join the line somewhere near the middle. To the customers who waited over an hour for their food and still let someone cut them on line, there is something to be said about their patience.

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Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy

Today’s lunch was the Chicken Pad Thai from the new Thai Street Food Cart on 51st and 6th ave. Since the cart first came to midtown a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten to know the owner, Jay, pretty well. One of my favorite things about the cart is that they leave individually packaged containers of hot sauce by the pickup window, so it’s easy to regulate how spicy you want your meal to be.

The Pad Thai was packed with a decent amount of chicken, cut in large chunks. It also came with crushed peanuts, scallions, bean sprouts, eggs and possibly some cucumber (I ate it too quickly to be sure). The Pad Thai was flavorful enough on its own, but with some hot sauce mixed in it quickly reached a new level. The Thai Cart takes its time to prepare all of its dishes, which definitely shows in the taste. It’s easy to tell that the ingredients in the Pad Thai weren’t pre-mixed, with each separate item having its own texture and crunch, and the rice noodles soft and well cooked.

My only complaints about the food would be that for $6 the portions aren’t exactly huge compared to the average chicken and rice vendor. But for Thai food from a cart, the portions were adequate and the taste was definitely restaurant quality. I’ll be going back soon to try their appetizer rolls and maybe even their mock duck.

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