NYC Food Truck Lunch: Chicken Cheesesteak & Cheese Fries From Carl’s Steaks
Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
There’s a new food truck on the street, but the company has actually been around for close to 10 years. It’s just the truck that’s new.
The Carl’s Steaks truck debuted last week, bringing another Philly cheesesteak truck to the NYC streets. It was only about 1½ years ago when there were no Philly cheesesteak trucks on the NYC streets. Now there are 4 (with Carl’s), including last year’s Vendy Award Rookie of the Year Winner, Phil’s Steaks.
Carl isn’t worried though. He’s been serving Carl’s Steaks in 3 different sections of Yankee Stadium (Sections 107, 223 and 311) for a number of years now, and they know how to crank out good food at a high volume.
We’ve tried (and enjoyed) Carl’s beef cheesesteak before, so we went for a chicken cheesesteak with onions and American cheese ($9.50).
Cheese fries sounded good too, and they cost $3.75.
In terms of the menu, there are beef, chicken and pizza steaks with a number of add-ons available. There are several choices for fries too, including bacon cheese fries. We were good boys though, and just went for the cheese fries this time.
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The sandwiches are served 10″ hero rolls that come from Santos Bakery in Newark. They also have a 6″ option available for $6.50.
The roll was nice and soft, and there were no problems holding everything together. Our shirt was safe for today.
Inside the roll, there was a decent amount of shredded chicken, and plenty of onions and American cheese.
You can also get provolone or Cheez Whiz, but we thought the white American cheese was nice and creamy, and went well with the chicken.
One thing we never understood about cheesesteak sandwiches is why they call is a “steak” sandwich when the meat is served shredded, not in steak form. Is there a Philly cheesesteak historian out there who can enlighten us?
The chicken was good, but we would have preferred a chicken cutlet, or even chunks of chicken breast, with onions and melted cheese.
The cheese fries had plenty of cheese on them. It was probably Cheez Wiz, which is not one of our regular food choices, but they were curiously addicitive. There were bits of char from the grill on the cheese fries, which gave the dish a little additional flavor.
Carl himself was working the truck, making sure everything was in order, and it was. This was a good, filling lunch.
Between the sandwich and fries, it does get pricey, especially if you start adding hot peppers and mushrooms for $.75 each, but the quality of the food is good.