You may have heard, from me or from, like, the New York Times, that a handful of fine restaurants opened up shop near Prince Street and are selling some very nice street food. And Wednesday night I finally had some!
Alyssa and Chris had sandwiches from the Breslin . . . Alyssa the goat cheese sandwich, Chris the tonnato sandwich.
and a taco!
Quite popular and difficult to photograph: Torrisi's Chinese Nachos.
Now: Dessert time. The runaway hit was the caramel-corn bombolini from Stellina. In fact, of everything I've sampled so far, I'd say this is the festival's Do Not Miss item! And what is a caramel corn bombolini? I'm not sure . . . but it's deep fried and sweet and salty and corny and doughy.
But hey, there's nothing wrong with a good ol' fashioned San Gennaro Zeppole, right Jacob?
OR a good ol' fashioned Mozzareppa, king of New York street foods.
This evening I returned to the fancy stalls to try the Byggyz short rib sandwich. Wonderful!
Byggyz doesn't even exist yet as a restaurant but based on this marvelous sandwich I certainly hope they build it soon. Look at that thing! It's a brick of fallen apart short rib held together in a brick by meat glue topped with, uhh, American cheese? And peppers and pickles and stuff. A great sandwich.
And here's something I couldn't resist: an "Extraordinarily Hot Pickle" And you know what? It was pretty darn spicy. I'm pretty tough and it wouldn't have been any trouble at all if I didn't get flaming pickle juice on my lips. I had to hold a frozen bag of cake truffles from the freezer against my mouth for a spell to cool them off.
In Conclusion (if you're still reading): San Gennaro runs through Sunday night so you still have a chance to try some of this food! And I still have a chance to try the Frankies grilled squid salad and Rubirosa sandwich. And to have another caramel corn bombolini!