These days, food trucks are as much a part of the city’s culinary landscape as brick-and-mortar restaurants. Midtown has plenty of pocket parks, sweeping plazas, and benches for you to enjoy whatever delicacies-on-wheels you find. So, without further ado, here are our five favorite food trucks in Midtown. (Note: we’ve given usual locations for each truck, but check each truck’s Facebook or Twitter account in order to confirm.) By Jessica Allen.
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The story behind Comme Ci Comme Ça is enough to melt our hearts: when the chef/owner arrived in the United States from Morocco in 2000, he decided to learn to cook in order to avoid eating pizza every day. He fell in love with the craft by cooking recipes his mom would dictate to him over the phone. That’s not all: he named the truck after a French ditty he’d sing as a child. (And apparently will sing it for customers, if they ask nicely.) Try the lemon chicken cous cous, mergeuz (lamb sausage) over rice, or the chicken cigar (filo dough stuffed with a blend of almonds, chicken, cinnamon, and rosewater).
The ingredients for the sandwiches being made at DiSO’s come straight from the streets of Little Italy—Di Palo’s, to be exact. This family-owned shop has been around since the early 20th century, and you can taste the history with every bite of cheese, olive oil, cured meat, or other product, imported directly from the old country. Sandwiches include the Bugsy (salami, mortadella, provolone, capicola, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes, and glazed balsamic dressing) and Jimmy the Hook (fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, salami, arugula, and pesto herbed ricotta spread).
“Burritos before bros” goes the tagline at Korilla BBQ, the first outfit to mix Mexican and Korean food. Here’s how it works: first you choose the base—a burrito or a rice bowl—then you pick a protein, such as marinated tofu, spicy pork, or the beloved bulgogi (marinated rib eye steak), and a rice, either sticky rice or bacon kimchi fried rice. Last but not least, you select your toppings, such as pico de galo, bean sprouts, and daikon kimchi, and your sauces, such as the mild and smoky Korilla, the mild and savory kBBQ, or the hot and spicy K’lla. We got hungry just listing all the possibilities.
Indian snacks, entrees, and street food served on the streets of Midtown? Definitely count us in. You can get samosas and chicken puffs, bhel puri and aloo tikkis (“potato munchies”). Among the most popular items on offer at Mysttik Masaala are chicken tikka masala, chicken pulao (chicken over rice), palaak paneer (cheese and peas), and lamb kofta. We like the combos, one or two meat or veg curries, served over rice with a side of dal. To drink? A sweet or rose lassi for us, but you might like the mango, salty, strawberry, or pineapple versions.
When three lifelong friends decided to open a food truck, they didn’t hesitate about what to serve: they gravitated right to shakshuka, a dish they’d been eating for as long as they could remember. (The Tunisian/Israeli dish traditionally consists of eggs poached in a tomato sauce, along with bell peppers, and flavored with cumin, harissa, and other spices.) They named their version the “Shuka,” and it is yummy, yummy, yummy, as well as organic and vegetarian. The green, for example, has eggs, pickled onion, spinach, asparagus, zucchini, oregano, and goat cheese. Get it as a platter or a sandwich.