Blog: The Village Voice Choice Streets
“The food trucks are coming, the food trucks are coming!” said literally everyone who lined up early for a spring night festival celebrating everything curbside dining. Tuesday night, many of your fellow New Yorkers joined The Village Voice for the food truck tasting event known simply as “Choice Streets.” The event gained so much buzz upon news of its release that it sold out in just five days. Luckily the LocalBozo crew was able to grab some tickets and bring you coverage of all the delicious mobile delights. And in keeping with the bold nature of this outdoor event, the organizers chose The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, one of New York’s grandest sights as it’s venue.
Whenever one attends an event loaded with vastly different and highly notable food choices, people tend to get frazzled in their attempts to try everything right away. This often leads to missing out on the very good stuff, and filling up way too quickly. Our advice is to simply relax. You’ll have plenty of time to taste a little bit of everything so why not take it easy and start by walking around the venue and surveying the offerings. Any hey, why not grab a tasty drink with you do so. ‘Choice Streets,’ had a terrific offering of beers and spirits to imbibe while enjoying what was a brisk spring evening. Our crew went right for the ‘Shock Top’ a beer perfect for the upcoming summer months ahead. This particular ‘Shock’ was a deliciously light yet fruity raspberry wheat ale. It was the perfect adult beverage leading us to our first truck sampling of the evening.
In keeping with the party atmosphere of the event we led off with the ‘Bongo Brothers.’ This Cuban truck makes gourmet yet affordable indigenous fare enjoyed city wide. Last night the ‘Brothers’ brought with them a serious Cuban sandwich. After the first bite, it quickly became clear that all ‘Cuban’ sandwiches were not made equal. Saturated in equal parts ham and mustard, the perfectly grilled meat taste ended with a crunchy sour pickle. This was a serious sandwich.
After all that salty goodness we had to take a health food break and that’s where ‘Green Pirate Juice Truck’ came in. The Brooklyn favorite offers up fresh, healthy, and nutritious beverages. After ponying up to the outdoorsy themed truck we chatted with the two very friendly and knowledge ladies manning the juice, opting for a juice combining fruits and veggies. The women obliged and poured us a juice featuring carrot, ginger, and apple. The color was a vibrant orange piquing our interest immediately. This fruit meets vegetable elixir was divine, causing us to ask for more. Once our fun detour into healthy fare was complete, we ventured back to the meaty and saucy creations!
Frites ‘N’ Meats provided the perfect outlet for all of our red meat needs. Burger lovers from around town have fallen for this truck who serves up premium Grassfed Angus and American Kobe Hamburgers. ‘Meats’ tasting plate was a slider made up of the aforementioned Angus, topped with a highly inventive Whiskey BBQ sauce, and paired with a side of semi-spicy Cole Slaw. The slider was grilled to a perfect medium rare allowing each tender bite to be infused with the tangy sauce, and the slaw left a peppery finish on the back end. Needless to say, this truck received repeat visits from our crew. Honorable ‘meat’ mentions must also go to the good people at ‘Mexicue’ for creating a brilliantly seasoned chicken taco that garnered one of the biggest lines of the night. While they appeared lengthy at tines, the lines moved briskly since each of these trucks are manned by professionals used to dealing with high volumes of business. Therefore, if you missed out on this year’s event, you have no excuse not to be the first ones buying tickets for 2013!
With a venue which was a meal for the eyes in itself, and enough of the city’s best trucks to leave you satisfied and smiling, ‘Choice Streets’ was a total success. The views from the west side are magical and the combination of eats and drinks on hand was exceptional- just another great part about living in New York City. The next time tickets for a Village Voice event go on sale, you must attend. If not, then what are you doing paying so much in rent anyways?
- Jay Rubin