The real harbinger of spring in New York isn't The Return of Ramps™; it's that very special weekend when some of the city's finest food trucks gather at the Red Hook Ballfields, officially kicking off the city's pupusa, huarache and taco season.
Friends, that day is here.
Trek to the corner of Bay and Clinton on weekends, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., and you'll be met by a handful of vendors griddling house-made tortillas and filling cups with fresh, cold agua fresca lickety-split.
① Pork huarache ($7) from Country Boys
This fine huarache, which has a delicate layer of beans built into the large corn tortilla, is loaded with spicy pork.
② Pupusas de frijol ($6 for 2) from Solber
Next, go for the simple bean-filled pupusas, served hot and crisp with pickled cabbage, sour cream and jalapeños.
③ Taco de chivo ($3.50) from Piaztlan
The slow-cooked goat meat has a wonderfully intense flavor. Temper it with some of the hot salsas found under the window.
④ Agua fresca de sandia ($2.50) from Vaquero
Take a hydration break with sweet, cold watermelon juice. The squishy bits in there will remind you that it's the real deal.
⑤ Plantain pupusa ($6) from El Olomega
The crisp maseca, stuffed with a mix of sweet plantains and salty white cheese, is the perfect way to end your day of Red Hook snacking.
Now go take a nap in the grass--you've earned it.
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