Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tebaya and more Trucks

Inspired by a recent article about non-Southern fried chicken, I decided to try out Tebaya, a Japanese fried chicken place in Chelsea. I shanghaied Caroline and Fleurise into coming with me.

Seating is competitive. The trick is to be aggressive but fair. We got a table, narrowly beating out a group of four. We got a combo with tebasaki (wings) and karaage (marinated thighs in a light crust). The wings were sweet with a crispy exterior. The thighs were pleasantly moist with a nicely airy crust. It was pretty good.

We took a picture next to the restaurant's sign. Fleurise felt like we had conquered a small country.


After dinner, we had a hankering for dessert. Our plan was to wander around the West Village aimlessly until we figured something out, but luckily, when we emerged from the subway stop at Christopher St, there was a bright yellow dessert truck called Wafels & Dinges. Caroline got really excited because she had read about this truck and had been wanting to try it for a while.



They sold Belgian waffles ("wafels") with a variety of toppings ("dinges").


One topping I had never heard of was called spekuloos. It tasted good, like animal cracker paste, but no one was particularly in the mood to have it on their waffles. We went with a variety of fruit, chocolate, and whipped cream and had the waffles at my place a few blocks down.

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Tebaya
144 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

http://www.wafelsanddinges.com/

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