But the world of mobile eats can be intimidating
There’s no question that food trucks are the hottest thing going right now. Scarcely a day goes by that the food blogs aren’t reporting a new truck selling haute grilled cheese sandwiches or artisanal ice cream or truck-cured bacon (okay, we made that last one up, but still). For the food truck novice, however, the world of mobile eats can be intimidating and, until someone invents an iPhone app that tells you when you’re near a food truck (that’s a free idea, tech-savvy entrepreneurs), it’s hard to know where to go to sample New York’s vehicular victuals.
Enter the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 14th and 23rd. This nine block stretch regularly houses at least five food trucks and (bonus!) the lines are never as long as they are in Midtown. On a recent stroll down the street, we spotted the Bistro Truck (home of some of the best merguez sausage baguettes this side of the Seine) Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (don’t miss a scoop of the Earl Gray!), and the Treats Truck, which serves up killer brownies. Wafels and Dinges (where a BACON WAFFLE may be obtained) and the always fun Big Gay Ice Cream Truck are also regular presences. Think of it as your own personal mobile food court. Pretty sweet, even if you stick to the savory options.
– Leila Cohan-Miccio
Tonight @ Felix (340 Broadway)
WHAT: Havaianas Brings International Soccer Spirit to NYC
WHY: Havaianas, the world’s most stylish and comfortable flip-flop , is bringing soccer fever to New York City this summer. On June 11th, the world’s largest soccer tournament will start in South Africa. To commemorate this event, Havaianas has launched a collection of Limited Edition 2010 Team Sandals and has partnered with hip New York soccer bars to sponsor a series of screening events for fans to enjoy the games and give them a chance to win a pair of the limited edition flip flops http://us.havaianas.com/Teams.html .
Beginning on May 31st, New Yorkers will see wild postings featuring screening event details splashed across the city. The posters along with Havaianas Facebook, Twitter and www.us.havaianas.com will guide soccer fans to the selected bars and game times throughout the tournament. Coasters representing all of the Teams Collection will be distributed throughout participating bars. The Havaianas Volkswagon “Kombi” bus will be stationed outside each event gifting lucky finders of the “Golden Flip Flop Coaster” with a pair of Limited Edition 2010 Team Sandals.
WHEN & WHERE: Felix (340 West Broadway) 6/11, 6/17, 6/25
Sweet & Vicious (5 Spring St): 6/15
Novecento (343 West Broadway): 6/12
Miss Favela (57 South 5th St): 6/25
Loreley (7 Rivington St): 6/13
Woodwork (583 Vanderbilt Ave): 6/25
Via Dei Mille (357 W Broadway): 6/14
Eight Mile Creek (240 Mulberry): 6/13
Day trips to the outer borough must first and foremost start with brunch. Where to go?
Day trips to outer borough must first and foremost start with brunch. Where to go and where to take your madre this Sunday (um, it’s mother’s day!)? Courtyards, mimosas, and cuteness are on the menu.
My pick numero uno is Le Petite Cafe in Carroll Gardens. The ambiance in the courtyard (yes, it’s the place with the tree and water fountain) is beautiful, especially for mom. Their brunch menu isn’t anything particularly wonderful, so if mom is a food snob, you might want to choose something a bit more upscale. La Petit Cafe has great french toast and wonderful omelet selection. The service can be a bit slow, but you hardly notice as you’re focused on the atmosphere. Adorable.
Buttermilk Channel lends itself to food snobs. Also in Carroll Gardens, Buttermilk is known for warm sour cream donuts that taste similar to funnel cake, out of this work bloody marys – think rosemary-infused vodka – and short rib hash that makes my mouth water just thinking of it. The service is divine if you don’t mind feeling a teeny bit rushed out. Buttermilk has a separate vegetarian menu if that’s your fancy and Court Street makes for a wonderful Sunday walk with mom.
For lingering atmosphere or upscale brunch, you can’t really go wrong with either Carroll Gardens spot. And both are reasonably priced so as not to break the bank on Mother’s Day.
The city's various Earth Day events that help you get your greens.
This week, in honor of Earth Day, we get to expand our eco-friendly palate with some other city favorites. We’re huge fans of Quantum Leap and the East Village’s Organic Grill. We love the sustainability idea behind Rogue Tomate and the local flavors at Cookshop. For time-tested and tasted healthiness, we rely on veteran Souen in Union Square and Soho. And for Earth week, we eat Italian.
Il Buco, the old world Italian restaurant on Bond Street, is honoring Earth Day with their 3rd annual rainforrest fundraiser. Il Buco offers 15% off lunch tabs from noon to 4 p.m. through Saturday, and donates the savings to save the rain forest. (If you haven’t eaten at Il Buco, take advantage of this offer and get the bruschetta with mussels, gambas, pollo and pasta special of the day or risotto.)
Jonesing for a more crowded Earth Day celebration? Join everyone and their mother at Grand Central, the annual Earth Fair highlights organic food, preparation and nearby restaurants.
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