This torta tecos from Corona's sandwich truck is an enormous, budget-friendly sandwich filled with sausages, egg, lettuce, tomato, and jalapenos.
Tortas Neza Truck
As dinner time came close, crowds huddled around Tortas Neza for a quick fix.
Queso Arepa from the Arepa Lady
This crisp-chewy arepa is topped with a generous amount of salty cheese.
The Arepa Lady Crew
Finding the Arepa Lady Crew and their snacks before 10 p.m. is rare (you can find them during warm months on Roosevelt Avenue between 78th and 79th Streets). Early attendees take advantage of this before the line gets longer when night falls.
A local grocery sold chicharrónes: deep fried pork rinds.
Taqueria Coatzingo, one of the brick and mortars at the festival, threw open its windors to sell tacos. They also gave samples of aguas frescas, including this fresh Jugo de Jamaica. The tart hibiscus flower drink has flavors reminiscent of plum juice.
Chicken Momo from Mysttik Masaala
Steamed and piping hot, these chicken-filled dumplings were dressed with a fiery but addictive sauce.
Mysttik Masaala Desserts
A list of cheese-based sweets was recently added to Mysttik Masaala's truck.
Beef Lomo Saltado from Manos Peruanas
A Peruvian rice dish with Asian influences: a beef stir fry with tomatoes, onions, and fries.
Tables and chairs filled with Viva la Comida attendees.
Fried doughnut-like snacks from local bakery La Delicia en Pandebono.
Ray's Famous BBQ
This Filipino food truck served up juicy grilled pork belly skewers, grilled chicken, and lumpia, fried snacks similar to spring rolls.
Tacos de Canasta
These soft pockets of steamed tortillas with fillings of pork, beans, or potato were salty, juicy, and packed with a kick of spice from the salsa verde. The vendor normally sells them a bicycle cart; at Viva he opted for a more conventional table.
Tacos de Canasta
This pop-up steamed tacos stand does a mean salsa verde.
Pork and Loroco Flower Pupusas
Vendy Award winner El Olomega came from Brooklyn to serve its stellar pupusas with picked cabbage and jalapenos.
The Chipper Truck
Another Vendy finalist, this one hailing from the Bronx, came down to serve its hearty Irish comfort food. Battered and deep fried bangers, anyone?