So Gustaf is back in the United States, for those of you who have been following my blog (or know me personally), you know Gustaf, for those of you just joining in, you can learn about who Gustaf is on the blog post “It’s a Graduation Celebration in Sweden “. Well, now to the point. Gustaf has been to New York already, he’s seen the Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, and the 9/11 Memorial. So how do we still be tourist in a city that we’ve seen so much of already!? We love food, we love supporting small business, so our easy answer was “Let’s do a food truck crawl”. You’ve heard of Bar Crawls right? This is the same concept except with food trucks.
We didn’t hit as many food trucks as we thought we would, after 3 we were stuffed, so we did three this trip and we will be coming back on Tuesday (September 13th) to hit up a couple more. I did my research and looked up the popular food trucks in Manhattan, and found Uncle Gussy’s, Rafiqis, and Wafels and Dinges (There was more on the list I found but I’ll update this Tuesday when we visit the rest).
Our first Stop was Rafiqi’s (This was on Park Ave and 52nd street). This is basically a high rated Halal food place. They have you order in Steps. Step 1: you choose your type of meat, you can choose from grilled chicken, lamb gyro, philly cheese steak, or falafel (vegetarian). Step 2: Choose if you want it over rice or on a pita. Step 3: choose your toppings (choices are lettuce, pickles, grilled onions, corn, cheese, tomato, black beans, red onions, olives, and garbanzo beans). Step 4: you choose your sauce (white sauce, jalapeño sauce, hot sauce, BBQ, and ketchup).
From Rafiqi’s I ordered the lamb over rice, I order lamb over rice a lot from basic halal food stands often. The lamb from Rafiqi’s was cut larger and it was more crunchy, the only down side was I felt like I got less food for more money (less rice and meat, with more lettuce). Gustaf ordered the grilled chicken on pita with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, red onions, and jalapeño sauce. He said the pita was very good, but he barely tasted the jalapeño sauce and it wasn’t as spicy as he hoped for.
Stop number two was Uncle Gussy’s (this truck was located at Park Ave and 51st Street). This is a Greek Food Truck. They have their own customized boxes also which they put your food in, it almost feels a bit fancy for a food truck. Above is a picture of their menu, and it is all so yummy.
I was a bit full from my visit to the previous food truck so I got a order of “Greek Fries” with a side of Tzatziki sauce. These fries were so yummy, they were perfectly seasoned, crunchy, and topped with feta cheese. So much flavor I never knew fries could have. Gustaf ordered the Pork Souvlaki over fries (with Tzatziki sauce and hot sauce) and a side of salad. He said the pork was seasoned to perfection and I know he really enjoyed his meal because he raved about it for the rest of the day, haha.
Our 3rd and final stop for this run was to grab some desert. This truck is called Wafels and Dinges (they have multiple trucks throughout the city but we went to the one at the end of 5th Avenue by Central Park). I thought I’d have to go all the way back to Brussels to fulfill my craving for a fresh waffle with amazing toppings, but this truck was everything I hoped for. There are so many different combinations, and they even offer “build your own waffle”. I could live off of this truck.
Gustaf and I both got basically the same thing at this truck. I ordered a waffle with strawberry, banana, whip cream, and nutella (he got the same thing but without banana). After we ate here we were full for the rest of the day but it was so worth it, haha. All I can say about this truck is, delicious. We got our waffles and sat on a bench in Central Park to enjoy.
After our food truck run we went to Grand Central Station, and I showed him the “whispering wall”, if people don’t know about the whispering wall you’ll look like a crazy person, but it amazes me every time. After Grand Central, we went to the beer bar right down the block and grabbed some beers. Nothing fancy, but yet the beer was overpriced haha. After that we walked to Times Square to wait for our play to begin. We went to go see Aladdin and the New Amsterdam theater. Aladdin on Broadway was so good, if you haven’t seen it and you’re in New York, go see it, you won’t be disappointed.
Next Tuesday we will visit some more Food Trucks and I’ll add them to this entry so stay tuned!! If you have any good suggestions for unique food trucks leave the suggestions below in the comments section!
EDITED TO ADD TUESDAYS ADVENTURE: Food Truck Crawl Pt 2. (NYC)
Until Next Time,