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When Eddie Song opened Korilla BBQ just over a year ago, he wasn’t expecting massive crowds to come out and try his take on Korean barbecue. But the crowds do come – and for good reason. A good pick for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, we love their Korean tacos. For lunch, you can get three tacos (beef, chicken, spicy pork or tofu) for $7. You can’t go wrong with any variety they offer. The pork is spicy all by itself, the tofu is soft and pillowy, the chicken had a good grilled flavor, and the bulgogi beef is nice and marinated. Warning: It can get messy – but it’s so worth it.
The lobster pound from Brooklyn has gone mobile. Red Hook Lobster Pound offers two different varieties of lobster roll: Connecticut or Maine. The Connecticut-style roll is served with hot lobster that’s poached in butter. The Maine-style roll is served chilled with a homemade lemon mayonnaise. Either preparation costs $16. For $2 more, you can get chips and a drink as well. We’re hooked on their Lobster BLT: A lightly-toasted, top-sliced bun, with a healthy dose of lobster – mixed with apple chipotle mayo and topped with 2 thick slices of bacon and tomato on the bun.
Mexicue owners Thomas Kelly and David Schillace are proving to many Manhattan-ites that Mexican food is best when infused with traditional BBQ flavors. This truck is serving up tacos packed with smoked short ribs and aged white cheddar, pulled pork sliders in a Mexicana rub with pickled red onions, and offers jalapeno poppers stuffed with smoked gouda. It won’t break the bank either -most items range from $3-$4. Our pick: The Burnt Ends Chili Rice Bowl: A bowl filled with paprika lime rice, chili, lettuce, jalapenos, cilantro lime crema, crumbled cojita cheese and topped with crispy tortilla strips.
Wafels and Dinges
This truck offers all “Good Food Belgian” and it doesn’t disappoint. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dessert waffles, it doesn’t matter what time of day you get there. Each one is made to order with choices like the BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel ($5), the famous Liege Wafel ($5), and every meat lovers dream, the de Bacon Syrup Wafel ($6). For those of you who don’t speak Flemish, “Dinges” means “things” or “whatchamecallits.” There are a variety of “things” or toppings to choose from like traditional Spekuloos (similar to a gingerbread cookie spread), nutella, dulce de leche, and whipped cream with strawberries. The first dinge is free, the second is $1, or buy the Unlimited Dinges or WWD (Wafel of Massive Deliciousness) for $2. We like the Chile Con Corne, a savory cornbread wafel with chili (beef or veggie), topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.
Rickshaw Dumpling Truck
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There are many Chinese restaurants in New York and plenty of Korean food trucks – but only 2 Chinese food trucks. Rickshaw Dumpling Truck was a Vendy Award Finalist in 2009, and one of our favorites dishes there is the Thai chicken basil dumplings with peanut sauce: 6 dumplings for $6, or add a side dish of miso soup or a cold noodle salad for $9. On the side, try the cold noodle salad. There’s lots of stuff in there – carrots, bean sprouts, scallions and sesame seeds, among other things. It’s a nice refreshing side dish that also adds some filling to the lunch. Check out their non-moving restaurant, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, at 61 W. 23rd St. in Chelsea.
The winner of 2010’s Vendy Award for Rookie of the Year, Souvlaki GR gained notoriety for their mouth-watering recreation of “the hamburger of Greece.” Owners Kostas Plagos and Pavlos and Abby Sierros know how to cook the perfect Souvlaki – at the right price ($3.50 for pita, $1.50 for stix). Made with chicken or pork, the pita is stuffed with tomato, red onion, tzatziki sauce and french fries. For $4, you can eat like the Greek with hand-cut fries sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese, oregano, salt, and pepper. Small menu, big flavor.
The Treats Truck
Looking for something sweet? Sugar is waiting for you at The Treats Truck. Sugar is the name of the truck that drives around Manhattan filled with freshly baked cookies, brownies, and other gooey goodies. Choose from twists on classics like the Oatmeal Jammy ($1.25), a traditional oatmeal cookie with a jam center or the Mexican Chocolate Brownie ($3.00), a cinnamon chocolate brownie with chocolate chips. With so many options (think rice crispy treats and iced sugar cookies) you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.
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