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!)

Veronica's Kitchen

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.

Veronica's Kitchen

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.

Veronica's Kitchen

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.

Veronica's Kitchen

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.

Veronica's Kitchen

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



  • this looks awesome enough to go to downtown for!

  • Dude, a CaRT that DELIVERS??? SOLD!

  • ah man that looks divine! I want it now!

  • Well done AGAIN, Daniel. I actually love that pic of the grease board. Very rustically delicious.

  • They had mac & cheese as a side and you didn’t get it?!?!?

  • Mama – I needed some kind of vegetable to justify the enormous portion of rice and beans with oxtail sauce I was woofing down… but trust me I don’t like having to turn down mac-n-cheese :)

  • I LOVE this cart. I agree with your assessment on the jerk chicken, it’s one the best i’ve ever tasted, cart or not. The collard greens, oxtail and callalloo are awesome as well. You will not be hungry after a meal here, guaranteed.

    If any of you folks watched “Feasting on Waves” with Alton Brown, this is a great place to try some of the foods that he featured in the show (such as provisions, mauby, etc)

  • Oh man, that looks OUTSTANDING! When can they come set up shop in Midtown East?

  • We need another jamaican cart so we can have a jamaican-cart-a-palooza to compare them all.

  • goat roti?!?!?! salivatingggggg

    f, it’s really far, practically right on the water

  • Better jerk then the Dutchy?

  • Adam, jamaican-cart-a-palooza?

    Much simpler to call it a jamaica jerk-off

    Hell, Elton did

  • How do you guys have time to post AND have time for your full time jobs??

  • Oh jk :) I just read the About ML section. Keep up the good work!

  • Curry Goat
    Rice & Peas
    Fry Plantain

    That’s the way to go.

  • Daniel, you’ve sold me, I’ll be following you here today.

    PS The more you post far downtown/close to the water, the more I will follow you. Haha.

  • Oh man, I was just talking to someone about this this weekend because she said worked in finance. But she didn’t know what the hell I was talking about because she lives in Boston. Well I’ve always wanted to eat here. Great pics!

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