It has been awhile since I have eaten from a food truck. Since most food truck I have had in the past always seems to disappoint me. Finally, Souvlaki Gr a food truck I will go back to again and again and even take the action to hunt down in where they are located. Parked on the corner of 21st and 6th ave outside of the latest Trader Joe’s at 10pm on a Wednesday with Greek music blaring you cannot miss it. Souvlaki is a popular Greek street food and essentially is a seasoned, tender grilled meats (chicken, pork, or beef). Souvlaki Gr has a very straightforward menu, with options on a stick, on a pita, or a burger. I went with a Chicken Souvlaki Pita ($3.50) with onion, tomatoes, tzatziki sauce and best surprise is the french fries in the pita. I like my meats and potatoes especially after hot yoga. The pita was soft and warm rolled up into a twist stuffed with a good proportion of chickens, onions, tomatoes and french fries. Not too much to the point where it is messy but enough to satisfy your hunger. The tzatziki sauce is a light yogurt taste with a creamy texture. I think I am a sucker for all kinds of street foods from any ethnic culture and Souvlaki Gr is added onto my list.
It’s an endless adventure week after week there is an intriguing vendor at the New Amsterdam Market. In my fifth weekly eats at the New Amsterdam Market edition, from Kingston, NY is Fleisher’s Grassfed & Organic Meats. To the Julie Powell fans out there may be familiar with Fleisher’s Grassfed Meats from her post- Julie & Julia blog, novel to movie phenomenon. Julie Powell’s latest novel Cleaving is based on her butchering lessons from Fleisher’s Grassfed Meats. This is not why Fleisher’s Grassfed Meats is popularly known and well-respected. The omnivore dilemma taken into effect as early as the Industrial Revolution only in recent years media has taken this issue into concern where a lot of meats are factory processed and animals are mistreated with antibiotics and hormones causing many, nation wide with chronic illness and obesity. Fleisher’s Grassfed Meats is in the mission and on the food movement convincing carnivores and vegetarians alike to taste this difference, where they source their meats, cows, chickens, pigs, and lambs free-range, organic and from local farms to provide nutritional, healthy eating experience with ethical practice. Brought from Kingston, NY at the market there were bacon, sausages and chops all in sous-vide-esque, air tight sealed in plastic bag to maintain the freshness and flavor of the ingredients. I was recommended to have the bacon which Fleisher’s take pride in and their beef -lamb sausage. The third generation owner Josh Applestone went from vegan to owner of a butcher shop, I think Fleisher’s has convinced me to put aside my differences in the no beef diet at the moment and savor the goodness.
Along with the meats, I stocked up on half a loaf of cabernet rustica from Orwasher’s Bakery. With a retail bakery located on Upper East Side, Orwasher’s Bakery sells artisanal rustic bread and it is delicious to pair with a dab of extra virgin olive oil, some hearty soup or my personal favorite toasted with melted mozzarella cheese. In addition, I purchased freshly picked scallion from Queens County Farm as a garnish for my soba noodles and a bundle of carrots from Do Re Me Farm for my carrot juice.
For lunch, I heard great reviews on Jimmy’s No. 43 Braised Beef Brisket on Brioche but I have yet to try. Instead Jimmy’s No.43 is serving this week the lamb stew with zucchini and locally used ingredient Cayuga Farm white beans($5). The variety of ingredients are complex and pairs well all together. The flavors are good though the stew could have been more soupy to give the heartiness of a stew.
Souvlaki Gr/// check website
New Amsterdam Market/// South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip, New York NY 10271 – near the old Fulton Fish Market. (Every Sunday 11-4pm, next market is Sunday Oct 17, 2010)
Fleisher’s Grassfed & Organic Meats/// 307 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12401
Orwasher’s Bakery/// 308 East 78th Street New York, NY 10075
Queens County Farm/// 73-50 Little Neck Parkway Floral Park, New York 11004
Do Re Me Farm /// 342 Maple Avenue New Hampton, NY 10958