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Haab NYC (Mexican)

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Food Truck: Haab NYC

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: Mexican

I have sort of the same relationship with Mexican food as I do with Indian food–I don’t necessarily find myself craving it very often but there have been moments in my life when I’ve had really, really good Mexican food and

The Haab NYC truck is an interesting one in that it’s fairly nondescript. It’s actually hard to tell at first sight what nationality it represents–there’s a faded, barely-readable sign on top that say “Tacos” and the front of the truck says “haab”. The truck looks like it was outfitted with neon lights that say things like “Patty’s” and “Taco’s” but those lights are never turned on. By the window there’s a sign that says “Aguas Frescas” and underneath it “Jamaica Soda”.

jamaican soda capIn fact, at first I thought it was a Jamaican food truck, but then I realized that it had Tacos and Burritos, so I finally realized it was Mexican (in fact the Jamaican soda is made in Mexico).

A lot of people think that what you find at Chipolte, Qdoba, and Baha Fresh is real Mexican food, but that’s like saying that what you find at P.F. Chang’s or Panda Express is real Chinese food (hint: it’s not). When I was in southern California I had the pleasure of going to some authentic Mexican eateries and have enjoyed (they’re usually tiny holes in the ground, the tinier the better).

As with many food trucks, this one is essentially the mobile version of a restaurant. Haab NYC itself is a Mexican restaurant in Brooklyn (East Williamsburg to be exact). If you read the Yelp reviews, you’ll get the typical kvetching about service and alcohol, but the reviews of the food itself are mostly very good.

The menu is pretty intimidating when you first look at it. I like food trucks with a simple list of choices or if that’s not possible, a simple process to order. Haab NYC lists out every single food option on their menu, about 50 total menu items to choose from. But it’s a little less intimidating when you look at them in their basic food groups: Tacos, Quesadillas, Tortas, Burritos, Enchiladas, Fajitas.

I asked the woman at the window what the most popular entrees are and she told me the burritos, specifically the Crazy Burrito and the California Burrito. Because I never like to hold up a food truck line I panicked and just told her I wanted the Crazy. Turns out the difference is that Crazy = Chorizo and California = Steak. While I probably would have preferred the steak, the chorizo was just fine with me. I also ordered one of those Jamaican sodas.

The wait wasn’t too bad, under 5 minutes. Pretty impressive given that there were two people ahead of me in line and my burrito wasn’t “pre-wrapped”.

Here’s what the platter looked like back at my desk:

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And the innards.

inside the burrito

As you can see, this was a real honest-to-goodness burrito, stuffed to every last millimeter with goodness. While it still paled in comparison to the burritos I had in Southern California, it was worlds better than what I’d find at places like Chipolte as far as the seasoning, the taste, and the portions (which was dangerously nap-inducing in the office). I also appreciated the side of guacamole and fresh salsa.

By the end of my meal I was as stuffed as that burrito and very, very satisfied.

4.5 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $9.50

Line: 5 minutes

Tricks for fast ordering: Study the extensive menu in advance and while a lot of the menu is in English, make sure your Spanish is up-to-date for those things that have no translation. Chorizo=sausage. Carnitas=braised pork, Al Pastor=thinly sliced pork shoulder, Chilquiles=stuff over cut tortillas, Guacamole=yummy

What to order if you’re a newbie: California Burrito or Crazy Burrito

The menu:
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On Twitter:


On the Web:

Haab NYC (Website appears to currently be down)

Mausam Curry N Bites (Indian)

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Food Truck: Mausam Curry N Bites

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: India

I have sort of a love-hate relationship with Indian food. Two of my roommates in college were Indian, and they cooked up some of the most amazing food I’ve had. My first roommate’s specialty was chicken curry which was so spicy you couldn’t eat three bites without ending up drenched in tears. My other roommate did amazing things with chickpeas, also not skimping on the heat. I have both of them to thank for my ability to take and enjoy spicy food today.

On the other hand, for some reason Indian food in restaurants never appealed to me much. It might be because in my college days we’d frequent an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet by our school, and as a college student who’d taken a couple of Econ classes, I took the cost-benefit analysis very seriously, I never, ever left the buffet without eating myself into the black.

And so today I’ll generally eat Indian sparingly. But since I’m on a quest on this blog to eat every type of cuisine there is, I jumped when I saw the Mausam truck parked at 47th and Park.

As I read on the outside of the truck “Mausam” means “Seasons”. Their slogan is “A variety of fresh food and spices for all tastes and seasons”.

Another sign shows that they come all the way from Secaucus, NJ. “Mausam Indian Restaurant, Bar & Banquets in Secaucus New Jersey brings its traditional Indian cuisine served American style to New York City. Mausam is preparing a variety of Curries fresh every day and making them available in New York City by way of Curry-N-Bites branded food vendor trucks”. Their Yelp reviews look mediocre until you dig deeper and see that their negative reviews are mostly about their delivery and service in the restaurant. The food itself gets rave reviews.

Not knowing too much about Indian food I did the food truck faux pas of standing at the front of the line with a clueless expression on my face staring at the menu–as you can see below there’s a dizzying array of 5 options with 6 sauces for a total of 30 choices.

I asked the owner what the most popular dishes were and he said the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Chicken Curry. Then, he asked me if I liked spicy and I said yes. He said I should definitely try the Chicken Vandaloo, which I did. Between his enunciation, the street noise, and my poor hearing it took me a few times to get the word right. “Bandaloo?” “Pandaloo?”

When I got back and Googled each dish they all had the same definition: “a dish of roasted chunks (tikka) of chicken in a spicy sauce”. The difference, of course, is in the nuances of the different sauces. While reaching out to an Indian friend will help you understand their preferences you’ll really need to try out each one for yourself to understand the true differences.

They got my order pretty quickly, well within 5 minutes. I brought it back to my desk. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very careful transporting it, so when I opened the plastic bag there was yellow sauce all over. I also had to apologize to my officemate for the smell which was nice but as with all good Indian food had staying power.

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The portions were generous. There was plenty of rice, of course, which was basmati rice that was nicely seasoned. There was the usual “symbolic” salad you find in a lot of food truck fare, with lettuce, carrots, and a little of tomato drenched in oil and vinegar. There was also a paratha flat bread which was excellent–not too greasy but just greasy enough 🙂

And then there was the chicken. To my surprise, the sauce wasn’t too heavy at all. It had a very herbal seasoning that accentuated the chicken nicely. It had a kick but wasn’t overly spicy, which I was okay with. I cleaned my plate but didn’t feel too soporific afterwards (although the afternoon is young).

Overall, I felt my $9 was well spent. If you love Indian food, this is a great place to satisfy your cravings. As for me, I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely would love to go back and try the chicken curry.

4 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $9

Line: Instantaneous

Tricks for fast ordering: Know your Indian food in advance. If you don’t know the difference between a Tikka and a Vindaloo and a Mughlai you’ll save yourself and everyone behind you lots of time.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Chicken Curry Combo or Chicken Tikka Masala Combo

The menu:

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On Twitter:


On the Web:

Mausam

DUB Pies (Australian / New Zealand)

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Food Truck:DUB Pies (a.k.a. The Pie Truck)

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: New Zealand and Australia

When I went to London earlier this year, I went on a quest for the perfect meat or shepherd’s pie, but for some reason it eluded me, ironically as far as fast food went, all I could find were Prets and Burger Kings. I ended up picking up some cold pies from the basement of Harrod’s and heating them up using any heat source I could find–mainly steaming them in a sealed plastic bag under boiling water from the coffee maker. but I did consider using the iron at some point. Not quite the culinary experience I imagined.

And so that day didn’t come to today. On 47th and Park I found a truck called The Pie Truck. And there they were right in front of my eye–freshly baked large savory pies for your lunch entree and sweet pies for dessert. After researching a little I found that these pies are technically in the style of style of Australia and New Zealand, which of course was heavily influenced by the British.

When I say they’re freshly baked I’m not kidding–there’s an oven in the back where you can see them cooking.

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I asked what the most popular pie was and he said the Beef and White Cheddar Pie. I decided to order the combo, which contains one savory pie and one sweet pie for $10. The Shepherd’s Pie was calling my name, but I told it, next time, I promise.

There was a summer squall approaching as I ordered and I was three streets and a long avenue away from the office so I was nervous. But literally within seconds of my ordering, he presented me with an insulated paper bag with my two pies. If you’re one of those who looks for the food trucks with the long lines to gauge how good they are, this one bucks that trend.

The rains came down so I ducked into a Starbucks and waited it out.In the office, I opened the pies. There were no utensils and no containers, just the pies wrapped in tissue paper and a couple napkins. But this kind of works because these are a size where you can kind of eat them with your hands. I say kind of because for a few bites you’re definitely in danger of getting goo all over your face (where the napkins come in handy).

As for me, I decided to be civilized and to use a knife and fork at my desk. The pies were still warm.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the meat and cheese pie. It had a diameter of about 5 inches (think a CD). The contents weren’t overly seasoned, and the chunks of beef were substantial and chewy. The crust was the star of the show. Flaky where it needed to be, crunchy where it needed to be, and gloriously buttery.

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I had a similar experience with the cherry rhubarb pie. Its diameter was about 3 inches (think a mini CD). The flaky crust had bonus bits of carmelized sugar which added an incredible chewiness.

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As far as portion size goes, it’s a little lighter than most food truck fare (and a fraction of an Uncle Gussy platter) but I have to say it was thoroughly satisfying. In addition to their food truck, they have a storefront in Brooklyn and do mail order for bulk orders of their pies.

Oh, and if you bump into the Shepherd’s Pie anytime, tell it I’ll be back soon.

5 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $10

Line: Instantaneous

Tricks for fast ordering: Pick your savory and your sweet in advance–you’ll want to have one of each for the full experience. They also have rolls and sides to complete your meal.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Beef and White Cheddar Savory Pie with a Cherry Rhubarb Sweet Pie Combo.

The menu:

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On Twitter:


On the Web:

DUB Pies

Uncle Gussy’s (Greek)

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Food Truck: Uncle Gussy’s

Sighting: 51st and Park

Country: Greece

If Uncle Gussy ran the Greek economy, I think Greece would probably be one of the world’s top financial superpowers. Every day I walk by there’s a huge line and I wonder what the fuss is, as you can get Mediterranean food on any street corner.

Unlike other trucks, Gussy’s seems to have a pretty permanent location on 51st and Park, right in front of St. Bart’s.

So I got on line, which was about 15-20 minutes long when I went there at high noon.

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The nice thing about the line is that it gives you lots of time to study the menu. They split it into four easy steps: you pick a meat or veggie; you pick whether you want it to come with rice, on a sandwich or with a salad; you pick a sauce; and you pick optional extras.

I chose the combo platter, which consists of chicken and lamb. Normally I can’t stand to eat lamb, but for some reason when they mash it up into gyro form I love it. You get some yellow rice with the platter. I also got it “with the works”. which meant both tzatziki sauce and hot sauce, grilled onions, and a little salad of your own of lettuce and tomatoes.

Even though the line was long, unlike other food trucks where you need to gather around and wait like you’re in the DMV, once you’re at the front of this one you get your order seconds after you place it. So while I waited around 15 minutes, the end-to-end time when you consider the line and waiting for the food is about comparable.

Here’s what mine looked like:

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Warning. If you attempt to eat more than half of this, you’d better cancel all your meetings for the afternoon because you are going to be sound asleep within 20 minutes. It is filling but oh so good. You get good generous chunks of chicken and gyro meat, perfectly cooked al dente rice, and a nice kick with the sauce. The lettuce and tomato know their place–they are to rally the troops and lead them as they march their way down your GI tract.

I got about 75% through mine and couldn’t go on. Maybe an afternoon snack.

Dollar for dollar, this is probably one of the best deals you’ll get for lunch in Manhattan. Personally, this isn’t the kind of meal I’ll eat every day or even every week, it’s sort of a once-every-few-months thing. But still, it’s nice to know they’re there anytime you need them. They are most certainly one of the tops as far as Mediterranean cuisine in a truck goes.

4.5 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $7.50

Line: Very long, but instant gratification when you finally reach the end

Tricks for fast ordering: Don’t be intimidated by the choices. Learn the four steps and be able to rattle them off quickly.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Combo Platter with the Works

The menu:

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On Twitter:


On the Web:

Uncle Gussy’s

DiSO’S Italian Sandwich Society (Italian)

Food Truck: DiSO’S Italian Sandwich Society

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: Italy

One thing that struck me recently is that it’s hard to find a decent Italian deli in midtown Manhattan. Sure, you’ve got plenty of them in the Bronx, some in Brooklyn, and some in Jersey, but elsewhere you’re relegated to awful options like Subway (who should be arrested for fraud when they put the word “Italian” next to anything).

Enter DiSO’s. At first the truck seems pretty generic–a red truck with a menu with such tiny letters that it’s easy to pass it by. But a sign that said this grabbed my attention:

DiSO’s Italian proudly specializes in serving:

  • Imported Italian meats and cheeses
  • Fresh daily made Mozzarella and Ricotta
  • Daily prepared Italian veggies
  • Gourmet Italian spreads and toppings
  • Fresh daily baked brick oven Italian and Rosemary Focaccia breads

This sign also caught my attention.

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As did the very distinctively Italian crew manning the truck, plus the tip jar that read “F— You, Tip Me”. Despite the gruff outer appearance, they couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful as I placed my order. 
IMG_8416I decided to give it a try. The menu can be a bit intimidating, and not because all the sandwiches are named after famous crime figures, but more so because there are about 30 sandwiches to choose from (and multiplied by 4 types of bread, that’s 120 choices to make in the span of a couple seconds!

Once you break down the menu it becomes easier. You can choose sandwiches made from the following meats (the cured meats are all from Italy):

  • Prosciutto De Parma
  • Mortadella
  • Capicola (dry cured pork shoulder)
  • Salami (dry cured sausage)
  • Sopressata (spicy dry cured sausage)
  • Italian Meat Combos (some combination of the above)
  • Chicken (grilled or breaded)

You can choose your bread as well:

  • Rustica Italian (a harder shell)
  • Cibatta (softer)
  • Focaccia
  • Rustica Whole Wheat

Plus any of a number of extras.

Or you can do what I did, panic, and ask the guys at the window what the most popular sandwiches are.

Turns out the chicken is the most popular. Specifically, the Jimmie Naps (chicken, mozzarella, plum tomatoes, arugula, parmigano reggiano, pesto herbed ricotta spread), the Big Pauly (Breaded chicken cutlet parmigano, fresho mozzarella, homemade marinara, parmigano reggiano, and fresh basil), and the Fonz (Chicken cutlet, proscuitto, provolone, hot peppers, arugula, parmigano reggiano, ricotta spread, glazed balsamic dressing).

Since I wasn’t in the mood for chicken, I asked what the most popular cold cut sandwich was, and he said the Joey Shakes (Prosciutto, capicola, salami, provolone, hot cherry peppers, arugula, parmigano reggiano, herbed ricotta spread, glazed balsamic dressing).

Here’s what the sandwich looked like.

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The taste was phenomenal. If your idea of a cold cut sandwich is Subway or a few slices of Oscar Mayer between white bread, this will blow you away. The meat was perfectly cured and perfectly sliced and the flavors blended together beautifully, from the light, sharp flavor of the provolone to the provolone which had that wonderful chewiness and flavor to the slightly sweet tang of the balsamic vinegar. The bread was also freshly baked. It was like being transported to old Italy.

This is one I will easily go back and try again.

5 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $11.50

Line: moderate

Tricks for fast ordering: First, decide what kind of mood you’re in, cured meat, chicken, or veggie. Use the menu below to decide on a sandwich within each category before you take off.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Jimmie Naps, Big Pauly, or Mickey Scars if you’re in a chicken mood. Joey Shakes if you’re in a cold cut mood.

The menu:

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On Twitter:


On the Web:

http://www.disosnyc.com/

Mamas Heros (American)

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Food Truck: Mamas Heros

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: USA

Next, we go to the USA where a truck called Mamas Heroes. If there were an award for most enthusiastic guys running a truck, this would take it. I went a little later for lunch, at around 2:00 PM and the crowds had dissipated from all the trucks. But these guys were out working the streets, asking every passer-by if they wanted to come buy a sandwich. I figured, what the hey?

As enthusiastic as these guys were they were also just a tad disorganized, and I wasn’t sure if the Oakland A’s hats were part of a uniform or just random stuff they threw on. It took a while to pay and get change.

I asked them what their specialty was and he instantly replied that it was The Heart of New York. According to their menu that’s a homemade chicken cutlet served on baked Italian bread with brown gravy, fried onion rings and crispy turkey bacon. I ordered it, although I realized that the guy forget to ask me about cheese or about my choice of additional sauce, both things which were on the menu.

Looking inside the truck as they were making my sandwich it didn’t seem like they were the model of efficiency. Still, I got my sandwich in six minutes, which wasn’t too bad.

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When I got the sandwich back to the office it was a little bit of a soggy mess, probably because of that gravy. Not sure how much of it was that way when I left the truck and how much happened during the walk back to my office.

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Still, the most important thing is the taste, and I thought the taste was pretty good.  I did enjoy the crunch of the chicken cutlet, but the onion rings and turkey bacon looked like a bit of goop.

While I wouldn’t say it’s top on the list of must-try trucks, but if you’re in the mood for a sandwich, it’s worth a shot.

3.5 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $12 (for the 12 inch)

Line: Short

Tricks for fast ordering: If you’re creating your own sandwich, you’re going to want to write it all out based on the menu below. Otherwise, you just need to decide if you want chicken, steak, pastrami, tuna, and turkey/beef.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Heart of New York, but eat it right away.

The menu:

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On Twitter:


 

Red Hook Lobster Truck (American)

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Food Truck: Red Hook Lobster Truck

Sighting: 46th and 6th

Country: USA

I remember there was a time when you had to drive to Maine or Massachusetts to get a taste of a decent lobster, and you’d pay through the roof for it. Then all of a sudden in the last few years it seems lobster is as common as french fries.

Lobster trucks seemed to be all the rage for a while but lately there’s been a reckoning. Luke’s Lobster has moved out of the City and so the big fish (or crustacean) in town is the Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck.

My office is on the East side, so I hopped on a City Bike to the Lobster Truck and ordered, what else, their lobster roll. Here’s what it looked like.

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These were big honking pieces of lobster which were amazingly fresh with that snap that comes from really good seafood. They were perfectly seasoned with bay seasoning and mayo, with shredded lettuce on toasted bread which was itself doused in delicious butter. Since I was already paying $17 for lunch, I decided to splurge and get one of their fancy-schmancy sodas and a bag of (what else) Cape Cod potato chips.

It’s a pricey option for lunch but well worth it.

5 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $21

Line: short

Tricks for fast ordering: Lobster roll.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Lobster roll.

The menu:

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On Twitter:


On the Web:

Luckyim Thai (Thai)

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Food Truck: Luckyim Thai

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: Thailand

Our next food truck takes us to southeast Asia. On 47th and Park I came across Luckyim Thai.

I actually wasn’t thinking of going to this truck at first; I was really eyeing the truck next to it (which shall remain nameless). But as I approached that one I heard the two guys in the truck in a loud shouting match. Not great for business. So I did a 180 and landed right in front of this truck, where they served me courteously and with a smile. While I liked even more is that it seemed like a family-run operation.

Their menu is surprisingly extensive for a small truck, but I knew immediately what I would order, the pad thai. For the last 30 years, anytime I would visit a Thai restaurant this would be the one thing I order to use as my benchmark in comparing them with each other.

Here’s what I ended up getting:

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The shrimp was excellent with a snap, something I’d expect to find in a restaurant and not a food truck. The noodles were also cooked to perfection—not too dry, not too sticky, and not watery. The sauce was quite a bit sweeter than I’d like. I heard in retrospect that you can request them to make it spicy; I wish they’d written a reminder on their sign, as the default is decidedly not spicy at all (let’s face it, as cosmopolitan as Manhattanites claim to be, a lot of them are still wimps when it comes to a little heat).

The portions are pretty generous, filling a sturdy white plastic container and complete with carrots, egg, crushed peanuts on top, and a lime wedge. While I enjoyed it overall, it struck me that it didn’t contain bean sprouts or scallions. Not that I minded too much, but a purist might have had more issues with that.

Ordering is pretty simple, not the ridiculously convoluted process that other trucks seem to have. While I enjoyed it, I’d say it’s more of a nice-to-visit than a must-visit.

4 of 5 stars.

Price I paid: $9

Line: short

Tricks for fast ordering: before you go, Google those things on the menu that you forgot the meaning of, things like pad se-ew and drunkman noodles.

What to order if you’re a newbie: The pad thai and if you’re feeling extravagant, the Thai iced tea.

The menu:

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 On Twitter:


Korrilla BBQ (Korean)

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Food Truck: Korilla BBQ

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: Korea

Our next stop is Korea or specifically the Korilla BBQ truck on 47th and Park.

Korilla has been a staple of the New York food truck scene since it opened in 2010. This is one of those trucks where any time of the day it’s there, there’ll be a line.

The day I went there was already a line forming at 11:45 AM, and it’s a testament to this truck that there were a bunch of trucks already open up and down the street, but people were dutifully waiting.

They try to keep the line moving so they post instructions on the truck, but as with many of these trucks you’ll draw the ire of everyone behind you if you spend too much time trying to figure out what’s going on. Here’s the ordering process:

1) First, you can get either a rice bowl or a burrito. The main difference here is basically whether you want to eat with a fork or with your hands.

2) Next you choose your rice. You can get white, glutinous (sticky) rice, or you can splurge for a dollar more and get bacon kimchi fried rice (hint: splurge)

3) Next you choose your protein. If you want the quintessential korean experience go for the bulgogi (ribeye), which is excellent—it’s marinated and cooked to perfection with a slightly sweet and savory flavor.

4) The next steps are where people tend to get a little tripped up. You can choose cheese or salsa as a topping. Then, you choose different pickled vegetables, including kimchi, pickled cucumbers, daikon radish, and slaw. I find here it’s easiest just to say “the works” and let them decide what to give you—you’ll get a taste of everything and then you’ll be able to be more selective in the future (or in my case, just ask for the works each time).

5) Finally you’ll pick a sauce. Korilla Sauce is sort of your typical mayo-ketchup Russian dressing-type sauce. To the other extreme, the k’illa is really, really spicy (I just downed a whole can of Diet Mountain Dew after eating a couple bites, and I’m usually someone who tolerates spicy pretty well).

I got the bulgogi and fried rice with the works and a combination of korilla and k’illa sauce. Here’s what it looked like.

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Pretty, huh? It tasted amazing as well. It was like going to a Korean BBQ place, but instead of getting your meal in a thousand small bowls they just jump everything together.

The portion size is just right, but I had the feeling they skimped a little on the beef. Still, the mix of sweet and savory and salty with the beef, veggies, and rice made for an incredible combination.

4.5 out of 5 stars. Wonderful meal, but the long line, difficulty in ordering, and small portion of the beef made me dock them half a point.

Price I paid:

Line: long

Tricks for fast ordering: memorize the menu and be prepared to rattle off your choice under 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 quickly. This is not a line you want to hold up.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Rice bowl with bacon kimchi fried rice, bulgogi or pork, and “the works”. Don’t choose the k’illa sauce if you can’t take the heat.

The menu:

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menu part 2
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On Twitter:


On the Web:

KorrillaBBQ.com.

Old Traditional Polish Cuisine (Polish)

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Food Truck: Old Traditional Polish Cuisine

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: Poland

They’re probably not going to win any awards for Most Original Name, but the Old Traditional Polish Cuisine Truck is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The menu is refreshingly simple. Do you want to eat meat? Do you want to eat pierogis? Do you want to eat vegetarian pierogies? Do you want kielbasa? Or you you want a little of everything?

I asked the man at the truck what the most popular dish was and before I finished my question he said it was the Lite Combo. This has a little bit of each–kielbasa, pierogies, and pickle salad served with bread. So I went for that.

Here’s what I got:

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The pierogies were IMO the star of the show. They were made fresh with a great taste. The exterior was slightly doughy the way I like it. The spinach and cheese mix inside was flavorful without being overpowering. They made a nice balance with the pickled vegetables.

The kielbasa was outstanding as well. It was perfectly cooked with a slight char which made a crispy snap when you hit into it. Again, the flavor was just right and it certainly made a filling meal with the piece of rye bread and mustard.

4.5 of 5 stars.

Price I paid:

Line: Short

Tricks for fast ordering: Go with the Lite Combo, see what you like, and order that the next time.

What to order if you’re a newbie: Lite Combo

The menu:

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On Twitter:


On the Web:

Polish Truck NYC

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