Downtown Lunch: 5 Star Dining Truck
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (insuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food). This week Daniel unveils his dirty little secret… he’s scared of eating at “dirty” food carts. But for the sake of Downtown Lunch’ers he check one out, and reports back…
What’s my problem that I won’t eat street meat like Zach does? Is there something wrong with me….Or is it the fact that I don’t enjoy eating food made by men standing next to hot stoves who look like they’ve been hit over the head with a giant water balloon? Does the tinny taste of the “meat” turn me off, or the fact that if you’re on the far west side of midtown Manhattan at day break you can walk by the cart guys garages and see giant bags of marinating meat just laying on the filthy city payment (in bags but still). No it’s none of these things, it’s mostly the feeling I get after eating street meat that makes me opposed to it. That is really the #1 reason I try to never touch the stuff.
Zach on the other hand is a man of the street-meat and so I felt it was my duty to find one of the best carts downtown and do some investigating. I got a hot tip about a relatively new lunch cart called, “5 star dining” located on the corner of Greenwich and Warren.
First of all the cart is pretty big, it’s not your rinky dink tin can bungalow that gets towed by a car at the end of the day. This is a fully functioning kitchen within a van.
The menu is not limited to gyros and hot dogs either. They have the classic reuben, fresh made falafel, and a Philly Cheese steak. They’re all hot and fresh, but the price is the real reason to keep people coming back. For $3.50 my falafel was plentiful (but not particularly crunchy) overall a nice heavy sandwich which filled me up for the day.
On a side note not related to the food, I’ve always been fascinated with the fact that companies offer their services to restaurants and food industry people without really having a grasp of the English language. When a restaurant or in this case a sidewalk vendor opens up, is it really that hard to hire someone so they don’t make colossal mistakes on their menus and signage?
“Backed potato” is a spud we can get behind. A classic Ruben contains what else but “Sort Crout.” So downtown lunchers, are there some good carts out there we should check out?
5 Star Dining Truck, Corner of Greenwich & Warren
Photos and post by Daniel Krieger