We New Yorkers can't seem to get enough of upscale junk food: think of our unabiding love for patties from Shake Shack, fried chicken sandwiches from Fuku and cones of creamy soft serve from Big Gay Ice Cream. So it only makes sense that trend-watching (and -setting) chef Andrew Carmellini—of the Dutch, Lafayette and Locanda Verde fame—is throwing himself into the ring with Mister Dips. Starting this afternoon at 4pm, the comfort food spot will serve fresh-griddled burgers, tricked-out waffle fries and soft serve, all out of a stylishly retrofitted 1974 Airstream RV.
Carmellini's Noho Hospitality Group helms the food program at Williamsburg's brand-new William Vale Hotel, which opened on Wythe Avenue and North 12th Street just a few weeks ago, and Mister Dips is stationed in the hotel's Vale Park. The stand's speciality is a Dip burger, with aged cheddar and special sauce; there's also a vegetarian "Green Label" burger, a mushroom-and-black bean patty topped with swiss. The fryer stays busy crisping waffle fries, available plain or "dirty," with spicy cheese and scallions.Dessert-lovers will likely head straight to the ice cream menu, where they'll find three creamy options, each with their own special dunk: the Jacker-Crax (buttered popcorn, salted peanuts); the Malter Cronkite (crunchy malt) and the tropical Hawaii Five-O (vanilla, pineapple preserve and toasted coconut).
Check it out on weekdays between 4 and 10pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 10pm.