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Aratan Jun 11, 2012 05:26 AM

Managed to squeeze in a long weekend in Manhattan for the first time in a few years. Staying in Midtown, coming in from outside the country.

One of the things I would like to do is try some of the food trucks that I see on Cooking Channel. Which ones would people recommend?

Breakfast - I am staying in a hotel, but want to get out and try different places for breakfast. Any particularly well-liked places that members would suggest?

Kicthen supply stores. If I want to stock up on a whole range of decent stuff, where should I go?

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    kathryn Jun 11, 2012 06:04 AM

    I'm not familiar with which food trucks have been on TV but you might want to start with looking at the Vendy Awards, which highlights the best street vendors each year. Guys who've been hustling on the same street corner for years in addition to the nouveau, gourmet roving trucks are featured.
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/09/a-look-at-the-2011-vendy-awards.html
    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/09/a-look-at-the-2010-vendy-awards.html

    For weekend brunch, no reservations taken:
    Clinton St Baking Co - get there 30-45 min before opening to avoid a line
    Prune - get there 30-45 min before opening to avoid a line
    The Breslin
    Joseph Leonard
    Public
    Spotted Pig

    The waits can be long at these but Clinton St and Prune have the worst ones.

    Takes reservations:
    Minetta Tavern
    Locanda Verde
    North End Grill
    Union Sq Cafe

    Best weekday breakfast:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/833022#7140919

    Best weekend brunch:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831766

    For kitchen supply stores, head to the Bowery. Go on Saturday, not Sunday. Many are closed Sundays. And don't go too late in the afternoon, as some start closing up at 5pm IIRC.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814656

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      steakrules85 Jun 11, 2012 11:24 AM

      To each his own but you are coming here for food trucks?

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        Aratan Jun 12, 2012 06:12 AM

        No, I am coming to Manhattan for three days.

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        von_levi Jun 12, 2012 06:54 AM

        This website is a good aggregate for NYC food trucks:

        http://newyorkstreetfood.com/

        Some of the better known ones are:

        http://bistrotruck.com/ (the lamb burger is their signature
        )http://biggayicecream.com/ (they have storefront too -- easier to just go there
        )http://www.wafelsanddinges.com/ (I'm indifferent about this truck, but they always seem to be winning audience choice type of awards
        )http://www.thekingfalafel.com/
        http://www.solberpupusas.com/

        Keep in mind that on weekends a lot of the trucks are at fairs.

        If you want a simple but classic NYC breakfast, how about Murray's Bagel's:
        http://murraysbagels.com/index2.htm

        With kitchen supplies, if you buy anything that's a liquid, remember that the 3oz rule applies to it -- you cannot bring it in your carry-on bag. I only mention this because I see people -- presumably tourists -- try to bring jams and oils on the plane all the time at the airport.

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          steakrules85 Jun 12, 2012 11:29 AM

          Coolhaus is awesome for ice cream sandwiches too.

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            von_levi Jun 12, 2012 11:41 AM

            Yeah, but they're not quite as unique. I think they're actually hurting their brand by franchising so much, but I guess they feel they have no choice because so many other people are getting into the ice cream sandwich truck business.

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          AubWah Jun 15, 2012 01:25 PM

          The falafel king on 53rd and park is a legend. Best falafel around and a sandwich is only $4. Must give it a try

          1. Monica Jun 15, 2012 01:36 PM

            I work in midtown and tried various food trucks...never visited any of them more than once. Just not worth the wait and trouble...especially if you are visiting nyc. There are so many great food options in NYC.

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              Aratan Jun 19, 2012 05:24 AM

              Thanks to all who replied here, and as it turned out, I never went anywhere near a food truck. There was just too much else to do for me to be going chasing around the city to find them.

              Did spend an evening at Cannibal on East 29th Street (I think), which was really good if you like craft beers from Europe and the US. Friends took me to Pain Quotidien for brunch, really great fresh food.

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