Food trucks give meals on wheels a whole new spin, and in honor of the Vendy Awards (the Emmys of food trucks), which are set to happen this weekend, A&E staffers have pulled together their personal picks.
This is the only food truck I know that I’m not too cheap for—empanadas will run you $2-$3, and other options like burritos and tacos cost just a few more. Best of all? Everything is delicious. It’s almost always parked right outside of the Atlantic Avenue Terminal, which means if you splurge on tickets to BAM or the Barclays Center, your conscience can breathe a little easier knowing dinner’s in the bag.
—Charlotte Murtishaw, A&E Weekend Deputy
Remember, as a kid, the comforting feeling of biting into a homemade grilled cheese sandwich? But (sigh) as we have grown up, so too have our taste buds. Enter Milk Truck Grilled Cheese, at Amsterdam and 116th Street every Monday, which uses artisan breads like rosemary pullman and rye with sophisticated cheese combinations, such as aged Gruyere, aged cheddar, and Wisconsin blue cheese. One bite of these satiating grilled cheese sandwiches and it will be as if your adult-world troubles have melted away—if only for a moment.
—Allison Schlissel, A&E Food Editor
You might remember Toum from when this Lebanese food truck came to campus last spring. (“Toum” means “garlic” in Arabic, which my Lebanese mom thought was very funny as the truck’s name.) Try some kibbeh, which are tasty football-shaped meat pockets with Lebanese spices. If you’re feeling less adventurous, you may enjoy the grape leaves, falafel, or tabouleh—a yummy cold salad that’s great on pita bread. Toum posts on its Facebook page where it is, which is often in Midtown.
—Emma Finder, Spectrum Editor
Wafels & Dinges
Sometimes you’re having a rough day. And when you are, you might want something sweet to make you feel better about the world. Most of the time, you don’t have to look any further than Wafels & Dinges, located at Broadway and 114th Street on Mondays A waffle with speculoos spread is truly a wonder of the world. And though it might be pricey to buy one every week, once a month or twice a semester as a treat isn’t too bad. If you need your fix more regularly, though. Trader Joe’s toaster waffles with their cookie spread is a close second.
—David Salazar, A&E Weekday Deputy