October 29: Goat curry from Veronica’s Kitchen (Water and Pine Streets), $6
Veronica’s goat curry (pictured here with chicken curry) might look like a mess — but it’ll warm your bones and feed you until you’re stuffed for just $6.
You can find street food vendors on just about every corner of our fair city, steam billowing from their heat tables and the smell of smoke permeating a wide radius around them, but only a few of those trucks really warrant a line. One worth queuing up for is Veronica’s Kitchen, a Caribbean lonchera that posts up near Pine and Water streets in the Financial District. In a sea of soulless chains, this moveable feast-monger cooks to its own (Latin) rhythm, turning out jerk chicken, oxtail, and stewed red snapper sided with rice and peas, candied yams, or string beans. The truck also makes what could very well be the best goat curry in the city, a thick stew imbued with dry heat and flush with tender meat, braised until it melts apart. For best results, we add the potato salad, a cold, starchy foil to the gut-busting main event.
Dishes here come in two sizes, and the small, which comes with two sides, is enough for lunch with leftovers. It’ll set you back a total of $6. Oh, and by the way, Veronica’s Kitchen is open only for the lunch hour, usually disappearing by 3 p.m. If you get there late, it’s likely you’ll get to fill out your meal with a second protein; curry chicken is a good option to match the goat.
Restaurants open at a dizzying pace in New York City, and keeping up with what’s hot takes some serious cash. If you — like us — need the occasional reprieve from a food-forward spending spree, you’re likely always on the lookout for cheap eats of high quality. In this space each day, we’ll highlight a tasty dish that rings in for less than $10, spotlighting places worth checking out when you’d like to get full while giving your wallet a break. Know of a great affordable bite? Email us.