Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks and carts.
There’s a lot of mobile-based Mexican food in New York, but one of the best is El Rey Del Sabor. They have 3 carts in Midtown: 3rd Ave and 49th St, 3rd Ave and 60th St, and the one I visited, on the north side of 43rd St, just east of 6th Ave.
El Rey Del Sabor was a Vendy Award Finalist in 2010, with their fresh Mexican food, and a wide variety of dishes to choose from. I never know what to get because of all the choices: tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, pastelillos, quesadillas and more.
One way to try different things is to order enchiladas (three per order). You can get different fillings and sauces. I got one chicken, one beef and one spicy pork enchilada for $8.
The server put red sauce over half and green sauce over the other half, then added crema and crumbled manchego cheese on top. There were also rice and beans topped with red onion slices on the side.
The enchiladas were simply rolled up corn tortillas with chunks of meat inside, placed in the tray, and topped as described above. I watched them make each enchilada from scratch right in front of me. Fresh, hot and tasty. The meat fillings were nice chunks of meat, not shredded, and the spicy pork had a nice hot rub on it.
The red and green sauces were both spicy. It’s hard to say which was spicier, but the green sauce was a little lighter and cleaner tasting. That may be because I’m not big on tomato-based sauces. They also have a mole sauce available, but that will have to wait until next time.
The rice and beans were nice, and clean tasting too. The beans were not fried or refried. They were just cooked, put over rice and topped with sliced red onions. It was tasty, but I hope the mints work as advertised.