Our Vendy Nomination: The Cart With the Pig’s Head


Now that the Vendy Awards have named their citizen judge, wed like to offer up a nomination: La Esquina Del Sabor in Jackson Heights. Like the Guayaquileo truck next to it, the cart (parked on Warren Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Fridays through Sundays till 10 p.m.) advertises its hornado (roasted pig) via a photo of a whole lechn with an apple in its mouth, and it also displays the piggies head for all to see. In addition, the cart sells various other pig parts mixed with choclo (nutlike corn kernels), the most humongous blood sausages ever seen, and coconut and tamarind juices. We asked for a $10 plate of cracklings as well as some head meat, and the carts Ecuadorian operator simply snapped off an ear with her hand and threw it into a container that ended up so stuffed that closing it wasnt an option (plates are wrapped in aluminum foil instead). Not quite as indulgent as eating a whole pigs head (eyeballs included) at Bostons Estragon, but definitely a must.