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NY Food Truck Lunch: Jerk Chicken Melt & A New Dessert from Gorilla Cheese NYC

(credit: Gorilla Cheese NYC)

(credit: Gorilla Cheese NYC)

Truck Lunch

Perry, the man behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.

I’m glad lots of the food trucks change up their menus from time to time or have rotating specials – it gives me a chance to try something new for lunch on a regular basis. In fact, I got to try 2 new things on my last visit to Gorilla Cheese.

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What caught my attention was this week’s special, a jerk chicken melt, which cost $7. When I was ordering I saw a new dessert called “apple pie melt”. I like apple pie (and cheese), and it only cost $3, so I decided to give it a try.

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The weekly special had lots of breaded jerk chicken, muenster cheese and sliced tomato on French bread. The jerk chicken was nice and peppery, with a decent amount of heat.

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The muenster cheese was a good, creamy match with the peppery chicken. As you in the photo, the bread was grilled to a golden brown. This was an enjoyable sandwich, with a crispy exterior, and a soft, tasty interior.

When I finished the sandwich and was ready for dessert, I reached into the bag and pulled out…another sandwich? I didn’t realize the “apple pie melt” was a grilled apple pie sandwich with cheese!

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Oozing out the side of the sandwich were sliced apples, cheddar cheese and a thick, red, syrupy sauce.

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I took a bite and got a mouthful of apple, cinnamon and some cheddar cheese, but mostly apple and cinnamon.

I couldn’t quite place what the red sauce was, so I asked James, the owner. He told me the red in the apple pie melt was pulverized red hots! That would explain the cinnamon flavor…and the sweetness.

Two sandwiches was a bit much for lunch and dessert, but they were both delicious. One way to solve this dilemma is to go to Gorilla Cheese with a friend and split the sandwiches. That way you can have lunch and dessert without eating two sandwiches, like I did.

Gorilla Cheese gets around to different neighborhoods for both lunch & dinner, so you should check their Twitter here. They have a special sandwich each week that’s usually a good way to go. The special sandwiches are generally $7, and you can add a side order of tater tots and a bottle of water for another $3.