Your First Look At the New Mac Truck
After a tricky day in Midtown earlier in the week, Mac Truck didn’t give up and returned later in the week, selling mac and cheese on 45th, just east of Fifth Avenue. It appears to be a one-man operation, and the guy running the show was pretty stoked to be in Midtown. Although this was just his first week out, and we all know first weeks can be bumpy, I couldn’t wait to check out the truck. Who doesn’t love mac and cheese?!
Voila, the menu. The mac of the moment was buffalo mac and cheese, which was regular mac and cheese topped with buffalo chicken and blue cheese. Since this was my first trip, I decided to forgo the daily special and opt for the traditional to get a sense of their regular fare. However, Lunch’er hungry wrote a bit in the comments of a previous post, as did Lunch’er Eat me, who gave the buffalo mac a thumbs up.
While I scrolled through the pictures I took of the truck, I noticed there might have been an additional menu item that sold out (see giant white space after the fourth asterisk above). Feel free to let us know in the comments if you were there earlier and saw an additional menu item!
This time around I didn’t doctor up my mac, but you can bet that next time I’ll be adding some condiments. Sriracha on mac and cheese sounds like a fantastic idea!
The mac and cheese ($6) came in a Styrofoam cup, filled right to the top. I’d say it was about 1.5-2 cups, which might sound like a lot in concept, but looks pretty small when you receive your portion. It’s pretty much a standard-sized soup container. There is just one size available, but I might suggest the option of a larger size for hungry Midtown Lunchers willing to pay a buck or two more?
The mac was served out of a large pot, so there was no crispy top (which I’m usually a big fan of, but oh well). The cheese sauce had a luscious creamy texture — no gooey cheese here! — with a slight tang that I couldn’t quite place.
The pasta, itself, was nice and al dente. I was pleasantly surprised, actually, that it had really good bite. It seemed to me that the pasta could very easily have become soft or mushy, coming from a large pot on a truck, but Mac Truck seems to have the cooking down. It was plenty cheesy, but not overly so.
If Midtown is lacking in a type of food, mac and cheese might be it. On the walk over to Mac Truck, I was trying to think of my favorite Midtown Lunch mac and cheese, but I came up blank. Hopefully this truck can create a niche for itself!
Mac Truck’s website isn’t up and running yet, but you can follow them on Twitter (where they recently posted you can now add a poached egg to your order for $1!), and they’ve been added to the ML Twitter Tracker, so — as always — be sure to check it before heading out!