This past Sunday, a fleet of Vendy Award-winning food trucks rolled into East Harlem's historic open-air marketplace, La Marqueta. Running each Sunday from noon to 6pm through September 9th, the free open-air market features El Barrio-inspired tunes, live kitchen demos, a biergarten highlighting local suds and, of course, twenty stalls of excellent street eats. But where to start? Here are five Vendy Plaza vendors you should be lining up for this summer.
1. Solber Pupusas: Fill up on Salvadoran staple, the pupusa, a stuffed patty loaded with queso, pork, beans or a mixture of all three.
2. Khao Man Gai NY: The 2013 Vendy winner for Best Market Vendor, this Queens-based Thai outfit offers dishes like deep-fried chicken wings with fried garlic, Tom Yum noodles and traditional Thai milk tea.
3. Hot Bread Kitchen: The socially-conscious baking operation offers multicultural breads—think Armenian crackers, Moroccan flatbreads and Jewish challah.
4. Samosa Shack: Snack on South Asian specialties like the eponymous samosa (a fried pastry stuffed with savory fillings like potato and peas) and puffed-rice bhelpuri with fresh pomegranate seeds.
5. Luke's Lobster: Three words: fresh lobster rolls. Need we say anything more?