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Gorilla Cheese NYC (American)

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Food Truck: Gorilla Cheese

Sighting: 47th and Park

Country: USA

I’ve seen the Gorilla Cheese NYC  truck many times but never had a chance to go until today. Like most of you, I’ve been a fan of the grilled cheese sandwich since I was a kid and buttered up my first Wonder Bread with Kraft American Cheese. So for a long time I anticipated my first visit.

As you’ve seen from other posts there have been other trucks that far surpassed my expectations, but sadly today’s experience fell far short of what I’d been hoping for.

I went a little later in the afternoon at 2:30 as other trucks were closing shop. This truck was still open so I dropped by. The guy at the windows was counting up the money as I walked up. He stared and me and said, “what do you want?” before he caught himself, smiled, and asked me, “what would you like to order”.

I asked him what the most popular entree was and he said the #5: Sharp Cheddar with BBQ pulled pork & Caramelized Onions on Wheat Bread. Sounded good to me, so I ordered one, along with a combo that included tater tots and a can of soda (or a bottle of water) for $10.

The food came relatively quickly, within 2-3 minutes. But when I got back to my office, here’s what I unwrapped to find.

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I guess the first thing that struck me was the portion size. You’ve seen what $10 can buy you at other trucks, but here was just this lonely little slab of two slides of bread with a thin layer of pork and cheese.

The second thing that struck me was how much the bread was burnt. Grilled cheese should be a beautiful golden brown and not charred. I would have hoped, especially since I was the only person on line, that they could have done a little quality control before wrapping up this carcinogen sandwich (I’d have taken it back, but by the time I walked back to the truck they would be long gone).

The taste was okay, but nothing to write home about.

Sadly, my expectations had been pretty high on this one–I’d been other other grilled cheese shops in the City and usually the sandwiches are pretty substantial. This one was just two slabs of thin bread with a thin layer of cheese and ingredients. Maybe I just caught them on a bad day, but this isn’t one I’m rushing back to anytime soon.

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Price I paid: $10

Line: None

Tricks for fast ordering: Choose your favorite cheese from the list (American, Cheddar, Gruyere, Smoked Mozzarella, Muenster, Swiss, Asiago), and your favorite additions. Be careful, though, is a “fully loaded” sandwich will cost you $18!

What to order if you’re a newbie: Go for “Today’s Melt” with Tots & Drink.

The menu:

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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 the Web:

http://www.disosnyc.com/