New York State has accelerated the vaccination pace, but snagging a spot is still a battle of reflexes and endurance: Whoever’s quickest on the click or longest on the telephone hold line triumphs. When you do succeed, your appointment may take you to a part of the city — or even of your home borough, in the case of geographically restricted megasites like Citi Field and Yankee Stadium — where you don’t spend much time. Why not make an outing of it and mark the momentous occasion with a pit stop at a nearby streetery or takeout joint or fabled taco truck? A destination shot calls for a destination nosh.
Brooklyn Army Terminal
Fifth Ave., nr. 54th St., Sunset Park; takeout available
The original truck that spawned a mini-empire draws late-night crowds with a full menu of tortas, burritos, and tacos but is perhaps best known for its al pastor, carved off the spit in full, glorious view, and its indispensable green salsa.
5121 Eighth Ave., Sunset Park; takeout available
Vaccines are well and good, but the hearty fare at this Yunnan-province rice-noodle specialist provides health-giving benefits of its own. A bracing bowl of the Dumpling With Noodle in Hot & Sour Sauce,
for instance, could clear a sinus at 60 paces.
7523 Third Ave., Bay Ridge; takeout and indoor dining available
Yes, this mecca of meze is 20 blocks away from the Terminal, but what’s a city mile when you’re talking about some of New York’s best Middle Eastern cooking — everything from baba ghanoush to Brussels sprouts to weekend specials like a life-affirming lamb shank.