Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
There’s a new food cart splitting its time between Dumbo and Hudson Square called The Steel Cart. The cart is black with a logo of a chef’s knife, and from the look of the cart and the logo, it looked like a place we wanted to check out.
When we ran across The Steel Cart, it was parked on the NW corner of Varick & Vandam. The menu looked interesting, and we could not pass up something called a Bourgeois Pig, which costs $8.
You can add a mini-soup to any sandwich for $3.50, but we were splitting a soup and sandwich with someone else, so we got the full-size Vegetable Barley Soup for $6.
It took a few minutes to get the food, as everything is prepared while you wait, even slaughtering the pig (obviously kidding here).
We had some time to speak with Luke, the chef and founder, who was quite knowledgeable about street food in other cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Good conversation while he was preparing the food.
The Bourgeois Pig was made with honey ham, brie cheese and baked pears. It’s no wonder that pig was bourgeois. No self-respecting peasant would be caught dead eating brie cheese and baked pears.
We’re not a peasant (and aren’t so hot on the self-respecting part either), so we loved this sandwich. Ham was the main flavor, but the brie and pear were a big part of each bite too. Excellent combination of ingredients.
You could see a lot of vegetables and barley in the soup, but it was on the bland side. We added a little salt, and all the flavors that were not apparent at first came out. A pinch of salt turned this into a delicious, healthy soup.
The Steel Cart splits its time between 70 Jay St in Dumbo and the NW corner of Varick & Vandam in Manhattan. We asked Luke if they would be going to midtown and other areas, and he said they probably would be at some point.
After this lunch, we look forward to trying a few other things at The Steel Cart.