Food Freaks to Feed New York Yet More Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Does New York have the appetite for yet another business peddling artisanally pimped-out grilled cheese sandwiches? Food Freaks Grilled Cheese certainly hopes so.

Yesterday, the NYC Parks Department gathered all of its new food vendors in Central Park and invited a bunch of folks to taste what they had to offer. Among the cheddar-truffle pretzels, dosas, organic ice cream, and high-minded slushies, Gothamist discovered Food Freaks, a new fancy grilled cheese cart that is scheduled open in Fort Greene Park in July. The work of a blogger and two culinary-school grads, it offers predictably high-minded combinations; Gothamist sampled a braised short rib, blackberry jam, and gruyère on sourdough, and pronounced it "delicious."

Food Freaks' website is a bit more florid in its self-adulation: Their cart, they write, "delivers a gustatory epiphany destined to please palates, titillate taste buds and satiate stomachs from all five boroughs." Is that all?

No! Quoth the Freak: "Our tasty technicolor journey takes you forward to a time in which a 'grillz' can be braised short ribs, gruyere, pickled red onions and blackberry jam on perfectly toasted white bread. Or fresh mozzarella, fresh ricotta, sopressata -- all imported from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx -- with a red pepper mostarda. Or a chicken parmesan grilled cheese." That's all well and good, but since when did the Bronx qualify as a foreign land from which one "imports" ingredients to Brooklyn? And can we please all agree that "grillz" has no place anywhere near food, or the English lexicon?


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Alex Staff
Alex Staff

Well, it seems like a pretty fun idea. Putting a spin of grilled cheese would be an interesting experiment. After all, cheese has a ton of flavor and variety. In cases like this, it's best to see the thing with your own eyes and enjoy the fun added on the food.

Jmax
Jmax

Is this even a real blog? The entire article comes from gothamist. plus some ignorant comments from some one who's parents didnt love them enough to ever make a delicious grilled cheese. get real

Dan Aronoff
Dan Aronoff

Hey John I would have loved to try out your grilled cheese sandwiches for a review on my food critic blog:www.blindtastetest.netI am a totally blind food critic and I really like the new food truck trend!

Dan Aronoff
Dan Aronoff

I couldn't get near the food freaks cart yesterday, the line was so long, whatever they are doing it must be right.

Vargo33
Vargo33

Im coming from california on Sunday for work. Where can I find you guys. Im a hugh grill cheese lover.

Lorraine
Lorraine

John, you said a mouthful.  FOOD FREAKS are AWESOME!!  I was there and their food rocks!!  Melissa needs to lighten up!!

Rfc76
Rfc76

i was there and thought the grill cheese sandwiches were awesome.... gothamist got it right rebecca!!!!!!

John Coppola
John Coppola

Rebecca,

Thank you for mentioning Food Freaks in your blog. I'm not really sure where your opinions are coming from though. Obviously you weren't at the event and just read the Gothamist article. So are you saying the Gothamist doesn't know what they are talking about? 5000 people read that blog daily, are they wrong too? We served over 175 sandwiches to happy customers, are they all wrong too? We value your opinion and read your blog, but can you give someone a taste before you rip them apart? Some carts had high end ice cream and even slushies, are they just trying to sell a fancy high cost item, or do they really care about what they make and want to offer it to others? Food Freaks is about anyone who cares about food, loves it, and wants to share it. In my opinion all the vendors yesterday are food freaks, cause they all cared about their products. We don't believe the Bronx is a foreign country, but for the locals in Fort Greene, it's a long train ride to get something that we can offer to them a few blocks from their house. We dont want to be "another grilled cheese truck." We want to be the best one. Come and visit us in Fort Greene and your sandwich is on us.

Food Freak John

Warren
Warren

I agree Food Freaks had better grilled cheeses that Gorilla and The Milk Truck put together.  Their rethinking the comfort grilled cheese and its NOT gourmet.  I think Food Freaks  are gonna kill it in Fort Greene and Rebecca stop being pertinacious and try a GRILLZ!  

Wayne Gail
Wayne Gail

this chick has no idea what shes talking about food freaks was the highlight of that event .... and how the fuck can you knock something before you try it thats illogical!!!!  

Stephen Cusato
Stephen Cusato

Thanks Dan, sorry we couldn't serve you yesterday. Come visit us at Fort Greene Park when we get set up and we'll take care of you. 

Stephen Cusato
Stephen Cusato

We'll be in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn year round starting mid July. Hope you'll be about to check us out sometime!

John Coppola
John Coppola

who is Melissa?her name is Rebecca, lolbut im sure Melissa needs to lighten up too lol

rfc76
rfc76

right on Food Freak John

Stephen Cusato
Stephen Cusato

Thank you so much Wayne!! Really appreciate it!! Glad you enjoyed it.

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