korean tacos hit jersey city

I’m taking a little vacation before we run out of summer, so it might be quiet around here. I thought I’d give you something fun to read about while I’m gone. (By the way, I can’t tell you how this compares to Kogi in L.A. because I’ve never tried it.) A bright green truck was parked in front of the Path train station in Jersey City today, about a block away from the Thursday Farmer’s Market. Closer inspection was required.

Korean bbq? Tacos? Were my eyes deceiving me? Apparently not. The Krave, a Korean taco truck, launched on August 17 (my Korean girlfriend’s birthday… a coincidence?). Maybe you’ve heard about them? Well, I sure hadn’t. I cancelled my plans and ordered some food instead.

They offer tacos in three varieties, all $2.50/each — Galbi Short Rib, Sesame Chicken, and Spicy Pork. The tortillas were fresh and soft. The meat was tender. The flavors were rich and just spicy enough. The galbi is my favorite (not surprising), and I think I’d skip the pork next time just because it’s a little fatty (which probably gets some people excited, so by all means try it!). Honestly though, if you like tacos in crazy flavors, it would be tough to go wrong with any of them. Each taco is a few perfect bites of meaty Korean goodness (with a squeeze of lime juice, of course).

Yes, they offer a rice plate too, but c’mon… it’s a taco truck! I did order the Kimcheedilla with Galbi though. It’s cheesey like a quesadilla should be. And my best guess is that they use some of those awesome canned ancho chiles in adobo to make this, because it’s really juicy and noticeably smokey. So take my advice — check these guys out on Twitter and make a trip soon to J.C. to try out The Krave truck for yourself.

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41 Responses to korean tacos hit jersey city

  1. Yuna says:

    Thanks so much for the post. I'm been dying to visit the Krave truck. Now I know it's real.

  2. That's pretty interesting, I like the concept, why didn't I think about that. Since I'm all the way in California, I'll have to make my own Korean tacos.

  3. I've been wanting to visit the Kogi truck here in LA, but never have time to wait in the long lines that seem to follow it everywhere!! Seems the korean taco craze is catching on!

  4. Joanna says:

    I've heard of Kogi before and it's kind of cool that Krave is like an east coast sister business. Too bad I don't live in either areas. Perhaps on a visit I might be able to taste some of their goodies. :)

  5. Emily says:

    Oh wow. These tacos look incredible! I'm very jealous.

  6. Sylvia says:

    Wow, i have been seeing those around but haven't found any yet. Looks good, i will need to continue the search!

  7. Laura says:

    wow those look FANTASTIC!

  8. UNHAPPY! says:

    I've Also tried this truck recently! i was taken by suprise by its delicious mixture of combining the best in korean flavors and meats, all wrapped up into a soft shell taco! it was great! ive since been there 4 times and am seeing what all the "krave" is about =). great new flavor. (i suggest the kimchi quesidillas)

  9. Awesome! I am so jealous. I'd go for the Galbi, too!

  10. Muneeba says:

    Food trucks are like russian roulette, aren't they?! sometimes u win big, but sometimes … well, I'm glad this was of the former … looks totally crave-worthy!!! Send this one my way pls … CT isn't that far!

  11. Joanne says:

    I have heard about the Kogi food trucks and now I may have to travel to Jersey City to try these. It's a lot more convenient than going to CA.

  12. stephchows says:

    I'm telling my friend who lives by there about this RIGHT NOW!!

  13. Koko says:

    Oh my goodness, does that ever look good. Why don't they have Korean Taco Truckks where I live!!

  14. WOW! This looks soooo delicious!

  15. Irene says:

    I'm so looking forward to seeing how these take off on the east coast. It always seemed like such a stereotypically LA thing to me! The Kogi tacos here are gooooood.

  16. Rose says:

    Yep, no two ways about it, Korean + Tacos = HAPPINESS. We tried the Kogi truck and it was pretty good. The lines are INSANELY long. The marketing is PURE genius. I made my own tacos awhile ago (on my blog) and find it's a bit easier than waiting 2 hours in a Kogi line. Looks like the Krave truck was easier to get to?!

  17. Mary says:

    They look fantastic and I love the color of the truck. It will be a while – like years – before we have Korean tacos but I'm anxiously awaiting them.

  18. Palidor says:

    That is really neat! I love Korean BBQ and I can imagine how great that would taste in a taco.

  19. Lee says:

    I tried this yesterday.I was in LA a few weeks back and tried KOgi's tacos, which were smaller than Krave's. Krave's tacos were fresher than Kogi's, very simple and very delicious. Kogi's was saturated with lettuce and sauce…if I had to choose which one was better, I'd go with Krave.

  20. Tammy says:

    Not much Korean food where I live, but it looks very interesting.

  21. Julie says:

    Wish I had one of those trucks in my neighborhood! Looks super :)

  22. Gosh, they look so gooood! I am jealous ;)

  23. Pandalicious says:

    I still have yet to try Koji's since i'm not waiting 1-2 hours in line. but, there is a Calbi truck here too that's supposed to be better.anyways, sounds like the korean bbq taco truck is spreading like wildfire!

  24. Sounds wonderful. Next time I'm in Jersey City….

  25. Eliana says:

    Sounds great. I will have to make my way over the Jersey to get some of these.

  26. pinkstripes says:

    Ooh I think I would love the kimcheedilla. YUM.

  27. Juliana says:

    Wow, this is interesting, I didn't know that Korean BBQ were sold in trucks…and even more interesting as taco :-)

  28. Betty says:

    Omg! That is the most awesome idea! I've never heard of a korean truck, let along korean taco truck! DAmn, I need to hop on a plane and try this out!

  29. Very cool. I love the taco truck. I'm just learning your blog and now your off on vacation.

  30. Lori says:

    Oh I am just drooling. This looks amazing. Does this truck travel, say, to Rochester? ; )

  31. This is the best part of NYC. Period .:)

  32. Justin says:

    Wow, this got a lot of comments. I usually try to write everybody back, but I've been away for a while. Let me just say thanks to everyone for commenting. Serious Eats even posted the review on their site, so it looks like I got a few new visitors. To "Lee", it's interesting to read the comparison to Kogi. And by the way, I've been back to this truck again, and it was just as good the second time.

  33. Ohmigoodness — I know the owners behind that truck! :) I had been following them pre launch, so it's pretty cool to see customers blog about them…

  34. Justin says:

    sachi: ha, that's funny

  35. I don't suppose they plan on expanding to North Dakota anytime soon? No? Dangit.

  36. Justin says:

    angelinthekitchen: hmm, i doubt it…

  37. jean says:

    It's great to hear such support and positive reviews! One of the guys running the truck is my older brother, and they've pretty much been non-stop busy since they started. Thank you for posting your review, and please continue to support them!

  38. Justin says:

    jean: wow, that's cool. I wonder which guy now, since there are usually three there. i've been back a couple of times. it looks like they're doing really well.

  39. jean Heo says:

    My brother's probably the one manning the grill – his name is Chucky. Thanks again!!

  40. Justin says:

    jean: okay, maybe next time we'll say hi to chucky at the grill… the line has been really long lately. they must be doing great.

  41. Foodycat says:

    Oh wow! I hope they do really really well and launch a global empire, because that is exactly the sort of fast food I can get behind!

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