Downtown Lunch: Veronica's Kitchen
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 (ensuring 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.) I’m trying to get Daniel to eat at more carts, and this week he has suprisingly obliged (considering we’re in the middle of a public germs crisis!)
More Street Carts Zach says! Yes sir! Now that the weather is warming I’m more open to checking out some street carts I’ve heard about such as Veronica’s Kitchen on Front Street.
If you go, please do try the Jerk Chicken, which, while I realize I haven’t had it a ton of times in my life, is probably the best I’ve tasted to this point. The flavors and spices were amazing and if you get it w/ rice with peas, have them drizzle a bit of oxtail sauce over it, as per the suggestion of a friend I made while waiting on the lengthy line earlier this week. I really loved that chicken which was dripping off the bone, as well as the sides that came with it.
I ordered the large portion which felt like a brick in my hand, a huge amount of food for $7.50. The entrees come with 2 choices of sides and besides the rice/peas I had collard greens which were also extremely flavorful. All large portions are $7.50-8.50 (depending on the meat) but you can get a smaller portion for $5.50-6.50.
I nicely asked to try a piece of the candied yams and the cart guy gave me a generous scoop of it.. all you gotta do is ask sometimes.
Another friend I made in line (I don’t have friends in real life so I have to make them while waiting for food from carts I guess) suggested trying one of their home made drinks. In the van behind the cart, they have a cooler filled with Lemonade, Fruit Punch, Ginger Beer and something called Mauby. I tried the Mauby which is a drink found in the Carribean made with sugar and the bark of some kind of tree. It was ok- sweet with an interesting tart aftertaste. I would have tried the Ginger Beer but they were sold out. They’re frozen when you order one ($2) so they literally put it in a hot water bath to defrost it, and serve it to you with some ice still inside.
Next time I’m going to try the Goat Roti I think, a good looking deal for 6 bucks.
Veronica’s Kitchen, Front Street at the corner of Pine Street