New York, NY Food Truck Review: The Green Radish

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Everything Else | 0 comments

I’ve been meaning to write a review of the delicious offerings from the Green Radish food truck for quite some time.  After all, what’s not to love about the fact that just about everything on their vegan, organic menu can be made gluten free (yes!)? And I especially love that I don’t have to queue to place my order (although if they keep getting stellar reviews, that may change). So far, it’s one of New York City’s best-kept vegan secrets.

Wrapped like candy...

Wrapped like candy…

But now I feel a particular urgency to write this review after trying what just might be the best vegan and gluten-free black bean burger I’ve ever had.  In truth, the Classic Black Bean Burger was something on the menu that I avoided for the longest time, just because when black bean burgers go wrong and are soft, mushy and poorly seasoned, they are my food nightmare. But this black bean burger was not that at all.

The Classic Black Bean Burger!

The Classic Black Bean Burger!

For me, it was love at first bite! I was literally gushing with foodie delight. Served with a generous helping of caramelized onions, chipotle mayo, and mashed avocado, I won’t lie, it is a perfectly messy burger. But the combination of flavors is just so perfect and intense you really won’t mind having to lick the mayo off your fingers! Just make sure you wash your hands before you eat! When I asked for gluten-free bread, they also offered it on a bed of greens. I opted for the bun and liked it. A lot. It was chewy, but not dense, and very satisfying.

Doesn't it look delicious? That's because it is.

Doesn’t it look delicious? That’s because it is.

I liked the Oozy Grilled Cheese, which combines a thick slice of vegan cheddar with julienned celery, tomatoes & other veggies, and cilantro hummus between two pieces of gluten-free toast (or whole wheat toast, if you can tolerate gluten). I’m not a big fan of celery and was skeptical about the inclusion of hummus with grilled cheese. But this is a combination that definitely works and the sandwich certainly lives up to its name! My one critique: it would have been better had the cheese been allowed to melt a little more and/or the slice of cheese was a bit smaller to begin with (it really is a lot of cheese). And because of that, it’s not likely something that I will opt for often.

The Oozy Grilled Cheese

The Oozy Grilled Cheese

The TLT on the other hand is a definite must.  This sandwich combines a generous serving of grilled tempeh with lettuce, thick, sweet slices of tomato, and lots of sriracha and vegan mayo. I love tempeh and think that it’s often underutilized in vegan kitchens across NYC. I can never get enough of sriracha. And the organic tomatoes taste divine. All together = Yum!   

The TLT

The TLT

If you want a sandwich that will excite your taste buds, the Asian BBQ Tofu Delight is just that. It has a nice thick slab of tofu marinated with chili sauce, a heaping of cabbage slaw and lemongrass-flavored vegan mayo. The one thing I would say is that the marinade didn’t really penetrate tofu and because the tofu slab is so thick, it diminished the flavor profile a little. But that said, I am definitely ordering this again. The lemongrass mayo and cabbage slaw were delicious!

Asian BBQ Tofu Delight

Asian BBQ Tofu Delight

I was so excited to bite into the Green One sandwich, that I forgot to take a picture! The sandwich has grilled rosemary tofu, hummus, eggplant encrusted in fennel (So good!!!), tomatoes, and a parsley sauce. It was great – the parsley sauce and eggplant totally took it over the top. But again, the tofu slab was just a touch too thick, resulting in a spot of blandness in an otherwise flavorful sandwich.

Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet Potato Fritters

I also really enjoyed the sweet potato fritters. They are delicate, sweet, salty & spicy; the parsley-chili dressing gives them a nice little kick.

The gluten-free cookie was perhaps the biggest disappointment (no photo, sorry!).  It was just a bit bland, with a dense mouth-feel that didn’t excite me.  I couldn’t even really place the flavor. It’s not something I’ll try again. 

Of course, the one thing that I’ve really been wanting to try is the Green Radish’s famous donart: an innovative combination of donut and tart. I’ve been told that a gluten-free version is in the works, so as soon as it’s available, I’m there!

So New Yorkers, if you haven’t checked out the Green Radish yet, make it your business to do so. And start with the Black Bean Burger. Of course, I say this with trepidation about the long lines that may result… But in the interests of making sure my fellow vegans can enjoy great food from a great vegan businesss, I’m willing to risk it!

Location and hours: Check their twitter feed (@thegreenradish1) or Facebook page. They are usually in Manhattan Tues – Fri, and somewhere in the area on Saturdays! 

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