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Jul 13, 2010 06:19 PM

Food Trucks in the City- What are the Hits and Misses

I would love to hear the "Chow takes" on the Hits and Misses in the Food Truck scene in the City.

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  1. ive had pretty good experience with most food trucks. one miss i remember was the toasted curry coconut ice cream? from the big gay ice cream truck. He might call it something else. It tasted like curry potato chips with vanilla ice cream. I've also had bland tacos at the taco truck on 14th street and 8th avenue.
    I think my favorite truck is the treats truck, but i have a sweet tooth. the lady is really nice, so if you're ever craving anything just let her know and she'll probably be able to bake it for you.

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    1. re: daffyduck

      i have to respectfully diasagree re the taco truck.
      like the carnitas very much.

      1. re: foodismylife

        I had some on Saturday. Not the best but the hot sauces do help a LOT. i enjoyed my beef and the tongue tacos

        1. re: foodismylife

          i've only tried them once and i may have just caught them on a bad day. but i remember thinking that this taco truck was way worse than the trucks in jackson heights. and like kelea i remember i had to drown it in sauce. im sorry i dont remember which taco i tried, but i remember it wasnt exotic like lengua, goat, or an organ meat.

          1. re: daffyduck

            I also have to agree with you about that taco truck. Not that great IMO. Not very flavorful.

            I also love Treats Truck. Nothing gourmet or refined, but everything is delicious. My faves are the espresso brownie, butterscotch squares and the caramel sandwich cookies. And the woman (Kim Ima) who owns the truck is such a delight!

            1. re: Miss Needle

              do you remember which tacos you had that werent good? it's possible maybe the truck excels in just carnitas? i dont remember what i had but i remember the guy took forever with my taco, it's also possible he overcooked the meat? i remember i went there at night not sure if maybe that cook is worse?

              1. re: daffyduck

                I generally tend to order an al pastor and tongue at taco places (b/c they are my favorites). I do remember that they didn't have the tongue so I ordered an al pastor and something else -- could have been carnitas, could have been something else.

                On that block on 14th between 8th and 9th, there's a tamale vendor that's there on Sunday around lunchtime that makes some tasty tamales. Masa is moist, and there's a spicy chicken that's different from the other spicy chickens I've had around town. Most chicken tamales I see are in tomatillo sauce, but this one is red chili pepper sauce based. Portions are pretty generous. Compared to other vendors that carry "spicy chicken" tamale, these are spicier. As I'm a bit of a chile pepper fiend, I like it. People who prefer things on the milder side may not.

                1. re: daffyduck

                  I've tried most of El Idolo's menu over the past several years and I have to agree they are not as good as they used to be. Around 4th Street, I skip El Idolo in favor of El Angelo which is only a few blocks away and has far better chorizo and bolillos.

                  El Idolo
                  W 14th St and 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                    1. re: thew

                      I ususally find them Thursday - Sunday night on Christopher and 7th Ave S, outside the Uptown 1 station. Very nice Pueblan people with good food.

                2. re: Miss Needle

                  Where does the Treats Truck hang out?

                3. re: daffyduck

                  If you've tried the taco carts/trucks in Jackson Heights, all the ones parked in the popular locations in Manhattan will pretty much suck in comparison (like the Super Taco or El Idolo). That's been my experience. I try a taco from the Manhattan vendors once in a while to check up on them, but they have all been mediocre. I'd like to try any that might be parked in Spanish Harlem, but I don't get to that area often.

                  The better taco trucks/carts in Queens might include:
                  Tacos y Quesadiilas Mexico (Roosevelt/61st)
                  El Picosito (Broadway/55th Ave)
                  Sabroso Quesadillas y Tacos (fka El Pasito) (Roosevelt/75th)
                  El Gallo Giro (Roosevelt/74th, whenever they're around)
                  Los Cuatro Vientos (Roosevelt/66th after 9pm)
                  Tacos Guichos (Roosevelt/83rd)
                  Tia Julia (Roosevelt/91st)

                  There are about a dozen more I need to check out, besides all the brick and mortar places I haven't checked up on for a while.

                  For Manhattan halal carts, my view hasn't changed much since I posted this:
                  My favorite halal chicken/lamb/rice in NYC is the shawarma/falafel king cart in Astoria (Broadway/30th).

                  1. re: E Eto

                    thanks for the tips. ive been hanging out in astoria a lot these days so ill definitely hit up the falafel king. have you tried sammy's on 74th st and 37th avenue? he's my favorite, but i havent had chicken and rice for awhilee. from my memory he uses big pieces of dark chicken meat unlike the chopped up chicken used by other carts.

                    1. re: daffyduck

                      I don't really care for Sammy's. It's too much of an overload of spices for me that you can't taste anything else. Not piquant spicy, but just a confused mess of spices to me. I really liked the cart that was next to Sammy's (called Khan's), and these days, I've been liking the one on the adjacent corner from Sammy's, though it depends on who's making the food to having a good version to a pretty bad version.

            2. Rickshaw Dumpling Truck is awful and overpriced.

              Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
              61 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

              1. i just tried the cravings truck this week. decent rendition of pork chop and chicken rice with meat sauce. the dumplings looked blech.

                street sweets is decent. nothing "blow me away" good, but a decent stop for a mid-day snack.

                frites and meats has AWESOME fries. super crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside and so fragrant.

                i'm also a huge fan of hte van leeuwen ice cream truck.

                thumbs down to rickshaw

                1. I like the doubles from the Trini Paki Boys cart (43rd & 6th). And I like the Wafels & Dinges truck (check their website for location ). DH likes the tacos and the tostadas (I think) from the taco truck on 96th & Bway (but I've not eaten them).

                  Trini Paki Boys
                  43rd St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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                  1. re: LNG212

                    I've passed by the Wafels & Dinges truck a bunch of times on St Marks but have never ordered anything. What have you liked?

                    1. re: Pan

                      I like the one they make fresh not the one reheated. I think the regular brussels is the fresh one and the reheated one is the liege. To me the brussels is just so light with a bit of crispness on the outside. I've enjoyed it plain with just a dusting of powdered sugar. I've also had the strawberries which were good with it but I think the amount of strawberry they give you would be enough for two waffels! (It was like a compote type thing.)

                      1. re: LNG212

                        I am not really a dessert person but I have really liked the waffles and dinges truck the couple of times I have been there. I liked both the Brussels and the Leige. I liked that the Brussels is made fresh but I prefer the chewy texture of the Leige but that is purely personal preference. The topping I like is the speculoos (sp?) spread which is a sort of thick sort of caramel spread with spices.

                        They sell mini Leige waffels if you just want a small sample without getting the whole thing.

                        1. re: MVNYC

                          I love the liege, but why not try both? =)

                  2. I thought that the Kwik Meal cart on 45th and 6th was one of the better carts I have been to. I would also want to recommend the halal guys cart on 53rd and 6th if you're looking for something to take home, just watch out for other carts there, since they try to copy them (yellow shirts, etc). Their bags and shirts should have this logo.

                    Kwik Meal
                    45th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036