The city’s sytrofoam ban could affect food truck vendors like this one. (Photo: Tara Yarlagadda)
Along with pillowy heaps of steaming rice, hot sauce and shredded meat, Styrofoam containers are practically ubiquitous among the city’s halal food carts. The foam trays contribute to the food trucks’ tantalizingly cheap offerings. But your favorite corner gyro or chicken biryani could soon leave you scrambling for extra change.
Last week, New York State Supreme Court judge Margaret A. Chan allowed a ban on single-use Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam products and loose fill packaging (aka Styrofoam cups, containers and packing peanuts) to move forward. The ruling effectively ended a three-year legal battle between the city’s Department of Sanitation and the Restaurant Action Alliance, which opposed the new law.
It’s getting to that point in the summer where doing much of anything besides moving that lawn chair to the kiddie pool and cracking open your daily 40 seems interminably arduous. For hell’s sake, you’ve been wearing the same sweaty tank top, bucket hat, and cut-offs ensemble for, like, weeks now, dude. Pull yourself together and get to some of these combination music-food-shopping-booze-drink affairs. You’ll realize economy of movement as well as restoration of dignity. More →
Last month we broke news that a stationary po’ boy truck was in the works in Bushwick. Orleans opened for business over the weekend, and the response has been overwhelming, according the truck’s co-owner, Oliver Vonderahe. “It’s just been crazy busy,” he says. Check out the menu and photos from Orleans’ opening week. More →
The Orleans food truck, a work in progress (Photos: Kate Beaudoin)
Oliver Vonderahe has always been a little disappointed in the culinary offerings of his neighborhood of a decade. His remedy? Open a stationary food truck in the heart of Bushwick, serving one of his favorite New Orleans staples: po’ boys.
Ever since Gray’s Papaya closed, we haven’t had the heart(burn?) to even think about hot dogs — or maybe everything just pales in comparison to the churro dog we had in South Korea.
But this makes us snap to attention: Papaya King, the Upper West Side institution that opened a downtown location just a little over a year ago on St. Marks Place, is launching a food truck tomorrow. More →