We hit the Vendy Awards (self-dubbed "the ultimate food fight") at DUMBO's Tobacco Warehouse on Saturday, where a handful of primo NYC food carts duked it out. The $80 all-you-can-eat tickets seemed like a bargain when you thought about four nonstop hours of cart sampling (plus an open bar of wine and beer), but the lines were like something out of the Barney's Warehouse Sale. Should a person ever wait 45 minutes for a pupusa - even if it is a pork-and-cheese pupusa from Red Hook ballparks' Soler Dominican cart, and thus transcendent on the tastebuds?
Calexico (they of the Soho and now Park Ave. quesadillas and burritos) won the day in the savory category, while The Treats Truck (parked, well, pretty much everywhere) took home the Dessert Vendy. The whole shebag was a fundraiser for the non-profit Street Vendor Project, and reminded us just how much we love living in a place where all you need is a truck and a generator to push the boundaries of cuisine.