Granted, food trucks are never not hugely popular, but as the weather (we hope) gets warmer by the day, well, we're headed into the season where it's not only sanctionable but generally encouraged to eat every single one of our meals from a truck. Meaning, the Village Voice's 2nd annual "Choice Streets" event couldn't be coming at a better time.
In the second year producing the Choice Eats offshoot, the team at the Voice has expanded their roster of trucks, and the event is settling into its location at Pier 86 under the Intrepid. "I don't think attendees necessarily realized last year, but anyone attending has free access all over the Intrepid," Event Director Rosemary Jorda told us yesterday. "So you can fill up, get a drink, and then walk all around the museum." And, even though Choice Streets attendees will be getting samples from all 25 participating trucks, we asked Jorda to point us in the direction of 5 we should be keeping an eye on. The event, which takes place next Tuesday night, is already sold out, but even if you didn't manage to score a ticket, this seems like a prime opportunity to start planning your summer eating itinerary. Really, you can never be too prepared.
A regular at both Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, this Red Hook-based truck was also a runaway hit at last year's festival thanks to their incredibly on-point rendition of a traditional El Savadorian dish (the on-site condiment bar doesn't hurt, either). With both meat and vegetable versions of their signature dish, Solber is also one of the festival's most solid vegetarian options.
The grilled cheese truck (if you work in DUMBO you've seen it around) is new to the festival, but, you know, it shouldn't really be a tough sell. "Everyone loves grilled cheese," Jorda laughed, noting that they'll also be bringing along their wildly popular bacon tater tots.
Celebrated by the likes of T. Boone Pickens and Mayor Bloomberg when it launched back in February, Neapolitan Express is widely touted as the city's first truly "green" food truck ("It's very futuristic looking," Jorda notes of their natural gas-powered operation). Thankfully, the actual pizza also lives up to the hype, with ingredients imported directly from Italy and a perfectly executed Neapolitan-style crust.
Again, not a tough sell. Having just launched last summer, Mac Truck will be bringing favorites like fried mac and cheese bites and their pulled pork mac and cheese to the table.
Can we ever really say enough good things about Coolhaus? No, probably not. They're part of a generally solid line-up of dessert options (Kelvin Slushie and Andy's Italian Ices will also be at the festival), and Jorda concurs, "we love Coolhaus every year." Custom ice cream sandwiches. What more is there to say?
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