“Fusion” is still a four-letter word in many kitchens, but after a visit to affable street-vending newcomer Coney Shack (2875 West 8th Street, Brooklyn), you’re likely to utter a few oaths of your own. At Lawrence Mach’s Coney Island cart and roving food truck (spotted in Midtown and the Financial District), the kitchens churn out Southeast Asian takes on popular American snack foods that really sizzle.
We can’t argue with messy double-animal hot dogs, which throw everything from garlic-lemongrass grilled chicken to garlic-glazed pork and even beer-battered fish atop snappy beef frankfurters. Sans tube steak, all three are available as tacos or quesadillas (sweet-sticky Vietnamese caramelized pork is our favorite). Then there’s Mach’s Hainan burrito, an ode to Malaysian and Singaporean Hainanese chicken over rice. To make it, he layers zippy ginger-scallion sauce with grilled chicken and Jasmine rice. The flavor-packed condiment adds an electric-green vein of oily savor throughout the multicultural gut-bomb that soaks into the soft grains, bolstered by bright pico de gallo, chile oil, spicy mayonnaise, and chopped pickled long pepper.
In honor of our Best of New York City issue (available now!), the Village Voice has been combing the city every day, one dish at a time, to guide you to the most delicious food in NYC. These are our 100 Favorite Dishes for 2015, in no particular order, save for the top 10. To read about previous dishes, browse our 100 Favorite Dishes page.