Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
Some New York City food trucks cross over and open brick-and-mortar restaurants in addition to their mobile outposts, but Blend Express is an example of a reverse crossover: They already have a restaurant in Long Island City called Blend, and have expanded with a food truck.
Truck Lunch: Latin Cuisine From Blend Express
The menu isn’t very large or descriptive, with the truck calling itself Latin Fusion. Not sure exactly what that means, but they have burritos for $6, bowls for $7 and a Cuban sandwich for $7. The options were beef, chicken, pork and veggies.
I opted for a beef bowl for $7, and told the chef that I wanted everything on it, and I like it spicy.
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Opening up the container, there was a large portion of shredded beef on one side with a little crema and a spicy brown sauce added. The beef was very similar to ropa vieja – slow cooked with a very light tomato base. I even ran across a few bell peppers that were cooked with the meat.
The hot sauce was most definitely hot too.
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The rest of lunch was comprised of a bunch of side dishes. There were black beans, white rice, lettuce, pico de gallo and red onions, with crema and cojita cheese added as well.
The rice was good, but I thought the black beans were even better. The beans were cooked but still firm, and with some cojita cheese sprinkled on, they were quite tasty (and healthy).
This was a nice amount of food for $7. I was pretty full afterwards, and pretty happy too.
Blend Express is a fairly new truck that is not out every day, but they seem to be increasing their schedule as they get their sea legs.