Nuchas Empanadas and Sweetery NYC

Though New York has many restaurants where you can sit and have a leisurely lunch, sometimes you don’t have that long. Sometimes you want to eat on the run, and that’s the time to choose food carts. The days of dirty water dogs are long over – now you can get lobster rolls, fusion burritos, Vietnamese food, and almost anything else you can think of from gourmet food trucks all over the city. How to know which are great and which are duds? Ya just gotta give them a try.

Recently I tried Nuchas. This Argentinian food truck specializes in all sort of empanadas meat filled ones, veggie ones, even caramel apple dessert ones! I am used to seeing empanadas at a street fair, but these ones, made with Pat LaFreida beef and baked, seemed to be delicious  upscale take.

Shortrib Empanada with Creekstone Farms Shortribs, Onions, Spices, and Rosemary Dough

This sounded so up my alley, and it was indeed tasty. Tender beef, subtle spicing, greaseless dough…it was warm and comforting. And yet…this didn’t do it for me. Why not? Well, I’m just too trashy. I like the street fair empanadas! Oily little half moons of dough, fried to a crisp, exploding neon orange grease when the ground beef spills from their shells. I don’t want subtlety, I want salt! And spice! And for the love of all that is holy, OIL!

That’s what I want. If you don’t want it, you will probably love the well priced and undoubtedly higher quality Nuchas empanadas.

Sweetery NYC is Grandma’s kitchen gone mobile. Nothing haute here, just homemade goodies baked daily and serve with an extra touch of whimsy.

Fudgy brownies, chewy cookies, and buttery bars are all at your disposal. Of course, if you know what to order, you will go for the macarella.

Macarella

Crunchy, flat, coconutty cookies. Thick ribbons of rich, choolatey Nutella. The taste is simple and satisfying. Chocolate, hazelnuts, coconut, and sugar. It is crunchy, gooey, and delightfully buttery. It is just what you want, as long as you have enough napkins to make sure you clean up before heading back to the office after lunch.

 Highbrow or lowbrow, American or Argentinian, savory or sweet – the NYC food cart scene has you covered!