There is little doubt that the recession has fast-forwarded the culinary movements of the passionate producers, locavores, and budget savvy consumers in the food and wine world. Add to that the daily reports of the poisoning of the public by mega-farms, industrial food producers, and fast-food chains. And then there is the green movement and the eco-conscience arguing against having your food flash frozen in Iowa only to be reheated in a microwave in the backrooms of some rat-infested, crime-riddles burger joint.
But almost none of the criticism of yesterday’s food and wine world focuses its attention on the most basic aspect of why they promote the ethos that they promote. The plain and simple reason is simply that good food tastes better than paper burgers and submarine sandwiches.
Enter the food truck revolution.
With few banks willing to part with the capital necessary for some fledgling chef to open up a swanky bistro, and few people left who can afford it, more and more line cooks and young chefs looking to start out on their own have started serving their fare out of food trucks. Here are some of the best in NYC:
46th St. and Sixth Ave.
Moshe’s Falafel has become a New York institution. They serve up some of the best falafel in the city. A small portion of the crispy, fresh chickpea fritters will set you back a whopping $3.75. And then there’s the hot sauce-delish. Newbies can be seen with cries of elation dripping into their sandwich after they unwrap the foil.
El Rey Del Taco Truck
30th Ave. near 33rd St. in Astoria
This place always packs a late night crowd, and it’s easy to see why. Great, authentic Mexican food that’s significantly closer to the city than Sunset Park, Brooklyn. A great truck to hit after visiting a few of Astoria’s notoriously cheap beer haunts.
Red Hook Ball Fields Food Stands
A cornucopia of roadside delights from tacos and empanadas to tamales and ceviche. Blissfully down some huaraches and horchata while you ponder how in the world you ended up in Red Hook. And how in the world you are going to get home.
Yvonne’s Jamaican Food Truck
71st St. and York Ave.
Here they serve up tender and juicy jerk chicken, jerk pork, oxtail, and a bevy of sides from mac n’ cheese to greens. Delicious Caribbean delights in an area often described by New Yorkers as a wasteland (just kidding).
Unnamed Chinese Truck
8th Ave and 62nd St Brooklyn
This truck with no name serves up grilled skewers of spicy chicken and beef. Some of the skewers get a chicken heart but all of them are only $1. Two skewers suffice for normal folk, but hungry eaters could take down three or four. They also have massive, spicy chicken wings skewers for a whopping $1.50.