If you love food trucks and love walking along the Hudson River, overlooking the beautiful NYC skyline, then the food trucks at Pier 13 are for you. Ok, you never know what you will get, except if you check on their facebook page
, because it is never the same food trucks, although some are coming more often than others.
We went few times and tried quite few dishes. The first time was pizza at Pizza Vita, from Summit, NJ.
This is crazy: they have a wood fire oven on the side of the truck and in a matter of minutes, you will get a delicious Neapolitan pizza.
We decided to go first with the margherita pizza.
And then with mushrooms and truffle.
Both were personal pizzas, that were thin in the center and puffed up on the outside (like any Neapolitan pizza should!). They had a nice char thanks to the magic of the oven.
If I had to pick my favorite, it would be the truffled one: plenty of delicious fresh mushrooms (not canned) and that wonderful truffle oil smell (they put a lot of it).
This pizza is definitely a must try!
The second truck we tried was Hibachi Heaven.
When I think about hibachi, I think about the chef making a show in front of you while cooking. Well, in the truck, it is a bit difficult...so, no show!
Jodi got a vegetarian version, served with tofu.
I got the one with shrimp.
We asked for fried rice. The two dishes were made with the same vegetables. Then, for mine, I was excited because there were lots of shrimp (a dozen) of a good size.
But they were just ok: they were a bit overcooked and, in fact, it tasted like the food you would get from a buffet, whether it was the shrimp, the veggies or the rice. The tofu was no better!
So, definitely, this is no heaven!!!
The third truck was Shorty's. they have a brick and mortar restaurant near Port Authority, that I did not try yet.
They serve hoagies, salads and...cheesesteaks with bread shipped daily from Philly and baked in the truck.
So here we are ordering our sandwiches. Jodi goes with American cheese.
I decided to go with cheese wiz. I know it is bad, but I had cheese wiz at Tony Luke in Philly and it was delicious.
This time, it was not! Way too much of it and do salty! Too bad because the meat was perfect: tender and juicy; the bread was also soft and tasted fresh. I ended up eating more the half of Jodi's cheesesteak that she was not eating than mine!
So, Shorty's is recommended, but avoid the cheese wiz!!!
The fourth truck is a well known truck as well as restaurant: Luke's Lobster.
They serve lobster, crab or shrimp rolls. I went for the lobster roll. There, there is no choice: it is poached in butter, so there is no mayo to overpower the lobster! And for $16, they give you a lot of lobster!
It was heavenly buttery and the lobster, that tasted fresh, was perfectly cooked.
The last truck we tried was The French Quarter.
There, while I was having my lobster roll, Jodi ordered a muffelata. What is great at the French Quarter is that you can order a whole, half or a quarter of it. She went for a quarter that was already a good size.
I liked the taste of the olives and the freshness the veggies were bringing to the sandwich. It was pretty good.
With it, we ordered some beignets, with some nostalgia from the time we went to New Orleans and had beignets at Cafe du Monde every morning (they were so good that we could not resist).
The beignets from The French Quarter were made to order and really looked like the ones from Cafe du Monde. Unfortunately, there was this overpowering almond taste to it. Why? I bet that without it, it would have been a hit!!!
Ok, the beignets were not great for me, but I am ready to try their jambalaya next time...
So, as you can see, there are things for all palates there! My favorite is definitely the pizzeria, but all the other trucks have interesting menus at affordable prices that I will surely discover!
Enjoy (I did)!
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