A Day with the Trucks Downtown

Yesterday we had the opportunity to go along for a walking tour in the financial district with our friends at Urban Oyster. This specific tour specializes in the food carts and trucks that frequent this area, and adds a good amount of history to put the entire street vendor scene in perspective. While today food from many different countries is available from trucks and carts in the area, hundreds of years ago the first street vendors sold clams caught fresh off the shore. Our group stopped at six different vendors, and got to sample some great food from each of them.

Our first stop was taste of New York’s most popular kind of street food, halal street meat at Adel’s Halal. A great way to gauge the quality of this particular cart was by taking a look at all the taxi drivers nearby enjoying a lunch from Adel’s. The line was reasonably long, but we managed to try some delicious falafel, with white sauce and hot sauce.

                Next we stopped at Veronica’s, a Jamaican cart serving a variety of meats, sides and even a unique frozen drink. The owner, Veronica, is an elderly woman with a great repertoire of cooking experience, having started when she was ten. A former Vendy Award nominated cart, the jerked chicken from Veronica’s was spicy and tender.

                The next stop on our tour took us to Souvlaki GR, a truck we know well at Foodtoeat and this year’s People’s Choice Vendy Award winner. This lunchtime staple let our group sample some of their chicken and pork sticks, as well as some of their delicious Greek fries topped with feta cheese. The tzatziki sauce for the meat was surprisingly thick, and tasted almost as if it was made from Greek yogurt, its coolness paired with grilled meat very well. The fries have won awards in the past, and proved that none of this praise was undeserved.

                By the time we left Souvlaki GR I was feeling pretty full, but we powered on to Jiannetto’s Pizza Truck, which was originally called Wall Street Pizza but has since added several trucks and become renowned for its Grandma Slice. The slice is cut Sicilian style, and baked with the cheese in the crust, with a garlic-flavored sauce of fresh tomatoes and parmesan cheese on top. The warm slice was perfect for the cold weather and the sauce tasted extremely fresh, even a little sweet.

                Our last meal stop was at the increasingly popular Korilla BBQ truck. The only options they had left when we went were pork and tofu, so we tried both. What I really like about Korilla is that they tried their best to match the meat the proper kimchi, so with the spicy pork we got a slaw-like kimchi, which complemented the flavors very well. We were fortunate enough to get to Korilla while their line was short as well.

                Finally it was time for the stop we were waiting for, dessert. We went to the Wafels & Dinges truck for a delicious hot mini waffle smothered in spekuloos sauce and powdered sugar. The sauce, like the truck hails from Belgium, and is a magical kind of gingerbread sauce that they also sell in jars for $7 each. Wafels & Dinges is always a great stop for the friendly customer service as well as authentic waffles. Afterall, the king of Belgium requested they make these waffles as traditionally as possible.

A special thanks to Urban Oyster for making our trip so informative and getting us some delicious samples from these great vendors.

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Uncle Gussy’s Traditional Greek Food

I had been looking forward to eating at Uncle Gussy’s for some time, mostly because of the luscious description of their tzatziki sauce, made by the truck owners’ very own mother. In fact the website goes into great detail about their family’s longtime stake in the food industry; so armed with this knowledge I prepared myself for some excellent Greek food.
            The food was moderately priced, ranging from $4-$7 and featuring pitas, salads and rice platters. I opted for the lamb gyro rice platter, less messy than a pita. The owners were very friendly, the wait not too long (I beat the lunch rush) and the truck itself seemed extremely clean. I received a generous portion of lamb and rice.  In the corner was a small salad, and I received two small containers of tzatziki and hot sauce, which I promptly dumped on top of the whole concoction. The website did not let me down when it touted its tasty sauces. The cool, lemony flavor of the tzatziki sauce complemented with the lightly spiced, drier lamb meat perfectly. The hot sauce packed a perfect level of heat for me, and was especially invigorating mixed with the rice. The seasoned rice absorbed a lot of the lamb’s flavor, and the small salad provided a welcome break from the hearty meat and rice. All around the meal was satisfying and delicious, kudos to Mrs. Gussy for her secret tzatziki recipe. My only complaint was the amount of sauce I was provided. I could have dumped three containers of tzatziki on the platter and still wanted more. So my suggestion to you would be to ask for extra sauce, after all they are labeled as free on the menu.
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