[30 April 2014]
The Village Voice‘s tasting events continue into Spring with ‘Choice Streets’, a food-truck centric tasting event that happens next week. The full lineup of trucks has been announced and its a doozey. The vendors on site will include, Big D’s Grub Truck, Carl’s Steaks, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches, DUB Pies, Hibachi Heaven, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Korilla BBQ, Love Mamak & Lucky Yim, Luke’s Lobster, Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, Mike N’ Willie’s, Moo Shu Grill, Nuchas, Shanghai Sogo, Solber Pupusas, Souvlaki GR, Sweet Chili, Taipan Fusion Express, Toum, Uncle Gussy’s and Valducci’s Pizza.
Luke’s Lobster will be mobbed for sure, even if they only offer crab rolls and not lobster. The chain continues to expand and I’ve spotted a location in Bethesda Maryland. Korilla BBQ is a much-sought after truck and will also likely be mobbed but aside from the Coolhaus ice cream and Kelvin slushies, I’m not familiar with any of the other names. Fortunately, that’s the draw for a foodie event like this, sampling anything and everything in sight. But this year, planners have implemented a “passport” system. Alcoholic drinks might be unlimited, but food is restricted at first. “Upon arrival, all guests will receive a passport card attached to a lanyard that will entitle them to one (1) sample from each truck (as samples last).” This may stave off crowds but I bet the lobster truck is still gonna have lines.
‘Choice Streets’ is a spin-off of the much lauded event, ‘Choice Eats’, which we attended and covered this year and is still the best event The Village Voice puts on. You can read our coverage here. We also covered ‘Choice Eats’ in 2012, when Andy Rourke of The Smiths, DJ’ed. Well it turns out, fans have been clamoring for him and he’s been brought on board for ‘Choice Streets’ this year. (Rourke will also be DJ’ing an event on the 4th at Rough Trade NYC).
Hopefully the weather is nice as this event takes place outside on the Pier, alongside the Intrepid. With April being colder and rainier than most people would like, the weather may not change much in the first week of May, but we can hope. However, planners do have a rain date, May 9th, as a backup. General admission tickets to ‘Choice Streets’ are still available for $50 and allow access to the event from 8 to 11 pm. Visit the website here for more info and to buy tickets. Remember you want to get there as early as possible to avoid being greeted by empty-handed trucks.