Cevap Truck Brings Balkan Sausage to the Flatiron
Every Friday our man UltraClay goes south of the ML boundaries in search of a delicious lunch. Sometimes it’s Murray Hill south or the Flatiron District, sometimes Gramercy and everything in between- but we just like to call it Flatiron Lunch.
I not a big fan of shilling in the forums, so I was a little bit put off by this post from “Luncher Khubird” promoting the new Cevap Truck in Flatiron. But that all went away when I ended up passing by the truck on the way to drop off some film. Shillers or not, the menu looked pretty tasty and I just couldn’t pass up trying it…
Having never heard of cevapi before, I appreciated the quick tutorial posted on the side of the truck about what exactly it is. To summarize, possibly poorly, they amount to Balkan Souvlaki. The menu also offers burgers, beef and chicken kebabs and a collection of pastries stuffed with meat, veggies or cheese.
I ordered a cevapi and a burek, one of said pastries and, rather foolishly, took them to eat in Madison Square Park. It was freezing, but I figured it best to eat them as fresh as possible before the arctic wind cooled it all down.
The cevapi ($5), made up of five small sausage chunks, came stuffed into a pita with a variety of toppings on the side including a yogurty white sauce, crumbly cheese and a mild red pepper sauce.
The meat is slightly sweet and the sauces worked well together. My only issue is that I felt it could have used a little spiciness to it. Next time, I’ll have to ask about hot sauce.
I followed it up with a burek, which I assumed would be small because it’s only $3. Turns out, it could be a meal on its own. Flaky pastry bread envelopes ground meat in a swirl like the best danish ever. I got about half way through it before I couldn’t feel my fingers anymore and retreated to the office. As soon as I got back, I scarfed down the rest.
Given how cold it is, I have to admire anyone who would choose to start a food truck in December. This isn’t really the time that people are dying to go stand out in the cold ordering food, but as good as it is, I’ll definitely be heading back (and you should too!)