Last Tuesday, April 24th, I attended the First Annual Choice Streets. Just weeks following the Choice Eats, this tasting event features NYC food trucks all handpicked by the Village Voice. The trucks gathered along Pier 86 of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex serving selected menu items to the hungry and eager crowd. Here’s a few of the things I tried as I walked along the pier.
This was my first encounter with the Green Pirate Juice Truck, a Brooklyn-based company that brings healthy foods and drinks to the community while promoting environmental friendliness and sustainability. I tried “The Green Pirate” which consisted of spinach, celery, lemon, cucumber, ginger and apple. A veggie-based green beverage? Sure it might look a bit funky, but it was very refreshing and the apples add a hint of sweetness.
Next, I grabbed a plate of green falafels with hummus from The Taim Mobile. Their menu is all vegetarian featuring falafel platters, hummus plates, salads, and they also make smoothies.
I passed by the Coolhaus truck. It was still early in the evening and since there wasn’t much of a crowd at that moment, I figured it wasn’t a bad time for a quick dessert. They had six choices of cookies along with eight choices of fillings. For my sandwich, I picked their carrot cake cookie with a scoop of berry sorbet. Yum. Glad I sneaked in an early dessert because the line got much longer later during the night.
Astoria’s King of Falafel & Shawarma served up their vegan falafels with lots of enthusiasm, cheerfulness and some dance. Their falafels are made with chickpeas, onions, garlic, parsley, cilantro and a blend of spices giving it great flavor with a nice kick.
NYC Healthy Bites offers healthy, organic food on-the-go. They were serving samples of their organic hot dogs. Their beef are 100% organic grass-fed beef. Their chicken is USDA certified organic. They also have a vegan sausage that’s made from organic tofu. I tried their vegan Italian sausage with sun dried tomatoes and basil and a dollop of spicy cilantro sauce.
A lobster roll would have been great for the evening. Too bad, when I arrived at the Red Hook Lobster Pound, they were already out.
Next, I made my way to Kelvin Natural Slush Co. You pick your base slush, ginger, citrus, or tea, followed by a mix-in. I went with a ginger slush with basil. Light, refreshing, and thirst-quenching.
Lastly, I stopped by the Solber Pupusas truck. Pupusa is a dish from El Salvador. Pupusas are grilled corn patties stuffed with cheese and various fillings and served with toppings like pickled cabbage, red onion, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, and tomato sauce.
It was too bad that The Cinnamon Snail had to cancel due to truck issues. Their vegan sandwiches are amazing. They’ve got great baked goods too from donuts to cookies to cinnamon snails (cinnamon rolls). Guess will just have to follow them around.
And that concludes my evening at Choice Streets! Look forward to next year’s event. I wonder what new food trucks might appear.