Highway to heavenly grub! Celebrating the best of NYC's mobile eats.
Mario Batali once dubbed it "the Oscars of food for the real New York," and indeed the seventh annual Vendy Awards busted out the starpower, albeit of the mobile-eats kind. On Saturday, 22 food trucks zoomed to Governors Island to vie for awards in five categories—a cheeky irony given that there are no actual roads that lead directly to the island.
Highlights of the afternoon included the pulled pork pizza from Eddie's Pizza Truck, whose meat was marinated in Markers Mark and which carried a spicy kick, and Souvlaki GR's pork pita souvlaki with spicy feta and dill. Shaved-ice specialist Wooly's took inspiration from the hit TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" for their icy treat The Greenman: green tea shaved ice with fresh mangoes, mochi bits and sea salt leche. But the top prize went to Solber Pupusas, who served up delectable spicy chicharron pork pupusas with pickled cabbage, tomato sauce, sour cream and onion.
More than just an afternoon munch-fest, the event also drove home a good cause: Proceeds supported the non-profit Street Vendor Project, which champions the vendors amid social and legal obstacles. Who knew solidarity could be so delicious?