Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
Thanksgiving may have been 2 weeks ago, but heading out into the cold weather at lunch, we were thankful the Red Hook Lobster Truck was parked nearby.
In a very busy day, there were 7 different food trucks parked on Broadway between 55th & 56th St. That’s 2-3 more than usual.
This was the first time we recall seeing Big Red (the name of Red Hook Lobster’s food truck) in this area.
With 2 different soups to choose from, we got one of each, for a well-rounded lunch. The Downeaster Bisque was $7 and the Classic New England Clam Chowder was $6.
Both soups came with oyster crackers, a required part of bisque & chowder cuisine, in our opinion.
The Downeaster Bisque was medium-thick, not quite as thick as the clam chowder.
In the soup, there were shrimp, clams, some haddock, and a little lobster, as well as celery, potatoes, and a few greens.
There must have been a nice amount of cayenne in the bisque, because the broth was spicy! We could taste the sherry in the recipe, too.
Even though it tasted good, you could see the soup had curdled a little. This didn’t affect the flavor, but it wasn’t as creamy as you expect a bisque to be, and was a little off-putting.
The Classic New England Clam Chowder was exactly as advertised. It was a thick, creamy soup with plenty of clams, potatoes and celery.
One thing that did suprise us was the amount of thyme in the chowder. While we enjoyed it, we don’t recall past clam chowders being quite so herby.
The other nice thing about soup is you don’t have to wait in the cold for it to be prepared. All they had to do was scoop it into a container, put it in a bag, and we were on our way.