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A new food truck showed up at our regular Friday lunch spot on Broadway between 55th & 56th St. It’s called Meatoss, and has been in business for about a month. Owner/chef Daniel was born in Russia, then raised in Israel, before coming to New York. The name Meatoss doesn’t exactly fall off the tongue, but we care more about the food than the name of the food truck.
As you would guess, Meatoss is geared towards carnivores like us. The meat is cooked on a professional Brazilian churrasco grill. The food is grilled on skewers surrounded by heat, which makes the cooking more uniform, and keeps more of the juices (and flavor) inside the meat.
The menu options here are either a baguette or a platter. The platters come with fries and cole slaw. Not everything was available when we went, with our choices being chicken thighs or drumsticks. As we ordered, they said the steak was ready, too. We decided to go for a chicken thighs platter for $13, which seemed a little high, but did include fries and cole slaw, too.
As advertised, the chicken thighs were juicy and tender. The meats here are all topped with chimichurri sauce, which was made with fresh herbs, onions, garlic, and a little bit of tomato. The chimichurri sauce had a tiny bite, mostly from garlic, and added nicely as a condiment to the chicken thighs, which are pretty flavorful to begin with.
Underneath the meat was a bed of lettuce that we didn’t see until most of the chicken was eaten. The lettuce was more flavorful than usual, infused with all the chicken juices, pieces of chimichurri, and stray bits of red cabbage cole slaw that fell to the bottom of the platter.
There are 4 choices for fries: regular, cajun, lemon pepper and sweet potato. Unfortunately, the woman serving forgot to mention the sweet potato option (our favorite), so we went with lemon pepper. The lemon pepper fries were good, with the fries being thin and well seasoned. Next time we want to try the sweet potato fries, though.
The cole slaw was right up our alley. It had only red cabbage, and a light mayo-based dressing. There was enough dressing to keep things interesting, but not so much where there was too much mayo.
Overall, lunch at Meatoss was enjoyable. There was plenty of meat, plus 2 sides, which made for a filling meal. Between the chimichurri and a creamy green sauce laid on top of the chicken, the main course was quite flavorful. Just make sure you have mints for after the garlicky chimichurri sauce.
Next time we would like to try either the steak or chorizo, and of course the sweet potato fries, which are our favorite type of fries.