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Whether you religiously partake in Food Truck Friday or occasionally grab some quick grub, we can all agree that food trucks have gone beyond roach coach status to serve some of the most innovative, modern, and satisfying street food in the city. In a set up that resembled the ultimate tailgate, top NYC trucks parked and opened for business at the Village Voice Choice Streets Second Annual Food Truck Event at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86—and it was game on for the StarChefs.com team.
As the sun set over the Hudson River, 26 trucks dished up an international smorgasbord of traditional and cutting-edge regional cuisines while additional vendors kept the liquor flowing. The crowd was hungry and the trucks delivered, serving everything from Rhong Tiam’s juicy bugers and Solber Pupusas’ authentic El Salvadorian cuisine to Mac Truck’s classic Mac & Cheese and Desi Food Truck’s take on Indian street food. With the cost of an entry ticket giving access to unlimited food and drink, guests were eager to chow down on all the eclectic hand-held offerings.
Among our prize picks were Mexico Blvd’s pork loin tacos, expertly marinated in their grandmother’s secret adobo and topped with cilantro, onions and salsa. And while we all can handle a little kick, their extra spicy sauce is not for the Scoville novice. Another scrumptious snack was Wafels & Dinges’ buttery Belgian waffles covered with whipped cream and strawberry sauce. A special addition of seductive bacon maple syrup, offered only for this event, had the crowd licking their sticky fingers. Souvlaki GR’s hand-cut Greek fries with tzatziki sauce hit the spot and Coolhaus’s snickerdoodles with dirty mint ice cream added a touch of sweetness to the event.
After an evening spent noshing outside the windows of some of the NYC’s finest food trucks, we’re primed to see chefs continuing to elevate street food to new heights without sacrificing the visceral appeal of eating paper wrapped goodies with your hands. We’re on board the food truck phenomenon and until next year’s event, we hope to see you in the streets!