Skip The Baked Ziti At Joe’s Kitchen Cart
Even though Blondie didn’t love the chicken parm from Joe’s Kitchen Cart (on 44th & 6th) she still was super curious about their baked ziti. So with that in mind I decided to throw myself on the sword the other day. I really hate to completely pan a food cart dish — we all know how hard the carts and trucks have it in New York City lately — but the only redeeming factor about this $5 baked ziti was the massive quantity of food. Blondie was right… this is the food of college dorm rooms, and here’s why.
Nothing was prepared ahead of time, not even the pasta. I watched as onions were peeled and green bell peppers were sliced … this could be seen as impressive, but this is a lunch cart, and speed is key. Anyway, veggies were sliced and sauteed in a pot. Then came the Ragu pasta sauce, (so! much!) pasta and some Polly-O mozzarella. Oh, and no baking occurred for this baked ziti. After a 15 minute wait, I left almost dreading my lunch. The taste was not horrible, but it’s al dente pasta in Ragu sauce with some melted cheese. Just skip it, this isn’t worth your $5.
It sounds like the street meat is the best lunchtime dish here so far, but with so many better options so close by … eh …
Joe’s Kitchen, 44th & 6th