Eighth-Annual Vendy Awards
by Julie Besonen, 09/18/2012
Photo: Alexander Thompson
Park Avenue and East 51st Street, Midtown East, Manhattan
"What's up, buddy? How ya doin'?" is the friendly greeting everyone gets at the window of Uncle Gussy's Greek food truck. Nicholas Karagiorgos and his brother, Frank, run such a well-oiled machine that when you hear them say, "Give me one second," they actually mean it. The line moves fast. Mother Katerina works behind the scenes, preparing pork and chicken as well as whipping up tangy tzatziki from scratch. Wrapped in warm, puffy pita, the sandwiches are fit for the gods, particularly the sausage with grilled peppers and onions. The Mediterranean-blue truck features daily specials, such as well-seasoned pork chops with oven-roasted lemon potatoes, shrimp souvlaki marinated in spicy habanero-pineapple sauce and sweet cake layered with phyllo, yogurt and orange zest. You'll find the truck at the same corner Monday through Friday, from 11am to 3pm, across from a shady plaza where you can wolf everything down. For more information, see the Uncle Gussy's video at foodcurated.com.