It never made sense to me that most of the Greek restaurants in Midtown are ultra expensive and cater to the expense accounts or splurging tourists. We’ve certainly not been lacking for souvlakis and gyros from trucks and carts (Uncle Gussy’s, Carnegie John’s, Lil Zeus Lunch Box, just to name a few). But sometimes it’s nice to sit down with your tzatziki.
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The two time Vendy Award winning Souvlaki GR truck has recently made Midtown a more permanent part of their rotation and will also be making regular appearances at the New York Public Library this summer. But now for those of you who work in Midtown West, there will be one more opportunity to get Greek fries and souvlaki sandwiches.
We got a tip from Luncher Stu that signage is up for the company’s second brick and mortar location in Manhattan (the first is on the Lower East Side). We reached out to the owners but have not yet gotten word on when they plan to open. We’ll let you know as more info comes in. In the meantime, get ready to be transported to Mykonos on 56th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Schnitzel & Things isn’t the only big truck news this morning… this year’s Vendy Award rookie winner, the Souvlaki GR Truck, will also be opening a brick and mortar location at 116 Stanton Street in the Lower East Side. Sadly, this is bad news for Flatiron Luncher’s hoping to get their fix of souvlaki in the new year. According to Fork in the Road the truck will be out of commission for all of January while they plan for the new location. (A bunch of BS if you ask us!) And if that wasn’t enough, this morning’s hot cup of irony comes from Robert Sietsema- who posted a pretty meh review of the brick and mortar shop that 2008 Vendy Award winner Calexico opened in Greenpoint.
2011 is only 3 days old… is it too early to say this will be the year that food trucks go stationary?
Now that Downtown has its very own section of the site, what are we going to post on Fridays? Answer… how about a column devoted to those lunches just south of the ML boundaries. Every week we post about a lunch in Murray Hill south, Gramercy, Flatiron, and everything in between… or to make it easy: Flatiron Lunch.
When the Souvlaki GR truck took home Rookie of the Year honors at this year’s Vendy Awards, they were still in their infancy, but I was really looking forward to them eventually serving lunch in Midtown. Unfortunately, they seem to be getting very cozy in a regular noon-9pm spot at 21st and 6th. Hopefully, they will still make it to Midtown eventually, but why wait? A few weeks ago, I took a (temporary) break from mourning Midtown’s loss to celebrate Flatiron’s gain (it’s still better than trekking to Astoria, right?). I can now say that wherever they park, Souvlaki GR is a great addition to the NYC food truck scene (and it’s just a few F stops away).
We were hearing some rumors floating around on Friday that the new Souvlaki Truck was going to try and park in the 30s today for lunch… but they’ve decided to hold off for one more week. From the owner: “After a huge first week… we realize that we need MORE food, MORE hands, and MORE hours in the day to prepare for the onslaught of Midtown Lunch. We are going to take this last week of summer while the city is still somewhat sleepy and get 200% ready for it.” Can’t wait until after Labor Day for some Souvlaki Truck action? They’re going to be testing out Union Square nightly this week, and Soho over the weekend before starting up “official lunches” next Tuesday. You can follow them on Twitter for more details.
Sure, we have shish kebab on a stick from random hot dog vendors here in Midtown, but that’s a far cry from the real deal Greek souvlaki you get from carts in Astoria. And ever since Michael Psialkis told Details Magazine that his favorite street food in NYC was those very souvlaki carts, we’ve been secretly hoping that one day Midtown would get its version. Well it appears as if that day may have come. Over the weekend a new Souvlaki Truck hit the streets of New York City serving up (you guessed it) Greek style souvlaki. The owner told us they’re planning to take things slow for now…
“We are definitely looking at Midtown for lunches, as soon as we ramp up. We’re planning a slow launch this week…mainly downtown in Soho, East Village and Lower East side…afternoons, evening and late night until we’re ready for Midtown (not to mention scoping out the parking).”