On Tuesday night the Village Voice held its first annual Choice Streets event, a food event modeled after the popular Choice Eats event, but featuring food trucks rather than restaurants. Choice Streets was held right alongside the Intrepid, and guests could freely roam the ship, test out the simulators and eat and drink as much as possible from the vendors.
Over 20 food trucks attended the event, with a wide variety of Vendy award winning trucks, dessert and juice trucks and many of the more prominent food trucks seen throughout New York City. Some notable trucks we sampled were Solber Pupusas, Taim Mobile, Korilla BBQ, Bongo Brothers and Red Hook Lobster.
The event aimed to be a food and drink ‘tasting’ event, so each truck offered a small selection of what their menu has to offer, in addition to various beers and wines to try at different booths. Having never tried Solber Pupusas, I thoroughly enjoyed my first pupusa. Essentially it is a thick corn tortilla with shredded chicken inside of it, and topped with homemade pickled cabbage, jalapenos, onions and a tomato and makers mark based sauce. The pupusa completely lived up to its expectations, and proved to me why Solber Pupusas won the top price at the Vendy Awards in 2011.
With so many trucks to sample, it was hard to narrow down which ones to eat from. As the night got colder, I sought out a hot Cuban sandwich from Bongo Brothers, which was savory and delicious, despite the fact that many Cubans I know might object to mustard being in the sandwich. Taim Mobile and the Falafel King were both serving their signature falafel balls; ultimately Taim’s line was shorter so I tried their delicious green falafel in hummus. I also grabbed a hot slice of Valducci’s sweet pepper pizza, which was warm cheesy, and pretty much perfect.
Korilla BBW debuted a new fish taco for Choice Streets, which was light and refreshing. The fish was some variety of white fish, and came with chopped tomatoes, cilantro, corn and crushed kimchi flakes on a soft tortilla. This was the first time I had tried a fish taco from Korilla, and I can only hope they add it to their regular menu.
The final truck I stopped at was Red Hook Lobster, which I was delighted to see at a food tasting event, considering their lobster rolls sells for $16. Unfortunately Red Hook only had shrimp rolls to offer, which is understandable but a little disappointing. The shrimp rolls were very tasty, consisting of large shrimp in mayo and old bay in a hot buttery bun. Though small, Red Hook’s shrimp rolls put a perfect cap on the delicious food to try at this year’s inaugural Choice Streets.
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