There are three grilled cheese trucks in New York City, but the very first one was Gorilla Cheese. They have such a great NYC logo, King Kong holding the Empire State Building in one hand and a dripping grilled cheese sandwich in the other – and their food is pretty good too.
Gorilla Cheese has an extensive menu where you can either make up your own sandwich or go with one of their combinations. They also have weekly specials that rotate, such as shrimp scampi grilled cheese, grilled lox & cream cheese, and falafel & muenster grilled cheese.
This week’s special is a Reuben, that classic New York sandwich. It cost $7 for just a sandwich, or you can add tater tots and a drink for $9.
This version of a Reuben is a little different. The standard Reuben is open-faced with corned beef, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing and cole slaw on rye bread.
The Gorilla Cheese version is on French bread and not open-faced, but everything else is the same.
The Russian dressing was nice and creamy, mixing well with the Swiss cheese and corned beef. Cole slaw plays an important role here too, giving the sandwich some texture and crunch.
Buttery, perfectly-grilled French bread is the final piece of the puzzle. The only downside was I would have liked a little more meat, but it’s not unusual for me to make that comment.
This was a delicious sandwich, but it’s not on their regular menu, so keep an eye out for it on their twitter account here. That’s also how you find the Gorilla Cheese truck.
In general, you can’t go wrong with Gorilla Cheese’s weekly specials, but I also really like their brie, proscuitto and strawberry jam sandwich. It has that sweet, salty and creamy thing going on, which makes for another killer Gorilla sandwich.