the new picnick bbq cart is definitely worth a trip


I’m back home but still on vacation. One cool thing about being in NYC but not working is that I can try the new lunch carts around town. I’m never in lower Manhattan at noon, so yesterday was a real treat. If you’re like me, this is what comes to mind when you think of South Street Seaport in NYC (oh yeah, tourists too). Well here’s a tip — hang a right, head to Wall Street, and look for the Picnick BBQ cart.

You can’t miss it because the lines are long. Rumor has it that the finance industry is in crisis, but you wouldn’t know from the lines here — this is really good food, but quality cart food comes at a a premium, and office workers in this nabe can afford it.

I guess you could get off easy with just an entree, but you’d be crazy not to try the full meal (meat, side, drink, dessert) for $14. Yes, you read that right… lunch here can get a bit pricey. It’s a lot of food though. My advice — go with someone you don’t mind getting messy with (wink), order two Arnold Palmers (lemonade & iced tea), and share. There is plenty to go around. Just come early. By 1pm, all of the desserts were gone, as was the pork. That was okay for me because I came for the Kobe Brisket.

There it is, in all its glory. I’m no expert on kobe beef or smoked bbq, but this is something you have to try at least once. First, it’s a monster-sized portion with that bread. They’ve got an amazing bbq sauce for you to pour all over the meat too. Tender doesn’t even begin to describe how soft this meat is. I’m not sure this is going to sound right, but the brisket is so soft, it’s like butter. It falls apart with just a touch from your (biodegradable) plastic fork. If you’re not drooling yet, check your pulse.


The dill-infused potato salad matches very nicely with the meat. And if you didn’t get the message the first time, go early for the desserts. The cookies, milkshakes, cheesecake, and apple tart were sold out before I even got to the counter, and I snagged the last “red” pie, which appeared to be packed with cherries and strawberries. The chef behind Picnick, Will Goldfarb, made his name in the food world as a pastry chef. I don’t know the story behind how he got into bbq, but trust me, nobody in the Wall Street area is complaining. Now how do I convince Will to open one of these nearby my office?


20 thoughts on “the new picnick bbq cart is definitely worth a trip

  1. It does look good. I can almost smell that meat! Yum! Nice to be at home AND on vacation right? One hardly gets a chance to enjoy what is 'around them'….I know. I now so rarely leave 'town' when on holiday…enjoying to take an extra day with my weekends and vacation local…so many things to see…course I live on the Pacific Coast so we do have natural beauty all around us…oh…and we are vain…does that come through?! Grin. No really…..

  2. eliana: i just wish there were the subways were a little more convenient to this spot.trish: it's definitely nice when your home area is cool enough or beautiful enough that you don't mind staying home for vacationkitchenwitch: ha, sorrydawn: this would be a good spot to check outjenn: defintelypeachkinds: thanks for stopping byFwLT: just the pie sounds good to memurasaki: thanksjamie: you're welcomelittle teochew: thanksjoanna: thanks for visitingsasha: ha, me tooparita: thanks for visiting

  3. Sorry a bit late on commenting about this, was on a little vacay of my own :)Thanks for telling us about this bbq cart – that Kobe brisket looks amazing. Definitely worth heading down to Wall Street for!

  4. Ohhh, jealous of this too! I adore smoked meats and pulled pork and brisket. We don't have that here either, and when I'm home I for sure fill up, but man, I'm hungry and missing it right now!Loving your lunch time adventures! Korean tacos too? Who knew?

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