Right now, a bunch of New Yorkers probably want to kill me…. I’m giving away some insider secrets to an off-the-beaten-track culinary mecca usually only visited by locals and a few in the know travelers. In fact, many Manhattan residents have never ventured to this place.
The good news is most hard core NYC-based gastronomes have been here done that years ago, and have moved on to Smorgasburg and newer pop-up food zones, and the lines have subsided. The mostly Mexican and Central American people who established and frequent this place were here before it ever hit the foodie radar – and they’re still here, generating enough business to insure the food is always fresh.
I’m talking about Red Hook, Brooklyn – primarily the Latin American food trucks around the Red Hook ball fields. The vendors originally set up stands to serve food to soccer players and fans on the weekends. As the word got out and 100s of people began lining up for each stand, the Department of Health (DOH) stepped in to regulate the vendors. Now, all food is sold from trucks with running water and refrigeration systems; regulated by the DOH.