Originally from Binghamton, New York, Ashley Massis is a small town girl with big city dreams. After moving to Manhattan two years ago, she is currently pursuing her two great career passions: fashion and writing. With over 7 years in the fashion industry and working for various companies as a freelance author and critic, she has become an expert in NYC food, nightlife, and culture. After working as Editor for AskMissa.com, contributor to RunningShoesGuru.com and GuestofaGuest.com, she founded NYSocialStatus.com in 2012. She has a weak spot for champagne, cupcakes, and the latest food truck. Keep up with Ashley on Twitter and enjoy her guest post…
Whenever I think of home, I think of foods that my parents used to make me when I was sick, namely grilled cheese sandwiches. Both parents would make the simple dish when I was sick, or wanted something fast for lunch, but both made it differently. My dad would add some ham slices, or cook it with cream cheese. My mother on the other hand, would make a buttery crunchier crust and the sandwich would ooze with cheese. Whenever homesick, I still will eat these and think fondly of my comfort food.
New York City is known for its growing culinary dishes on the road. The “World of Food Trucks” has become less about “water dogs” and more about tasty treats you can’t find anywhere else. As a reviewer, I spend a lot of time on the streets trying to find the best and unique food. As the competition becomes fierce in the food truck business, only the odd specialties survive. One of my favorite food trucks in New York City is Gorilla Cheese. This truck is popular because it is a reminder of childhood comfort meals, but with an adult twist. You can relive the “after-school” buttery grilled cheese like my mom used to make me, but in the comfort of your work cubicle!
Using only fresh local breads and a variety of cheeses, Gorilla Cheese makes gourmet grilled cheeses, among other comfort foods such as Tater Tots. One of my favorite sandwiches is the Chicken Parm Melt. Made with smoked mozzarella, breaded chicken, and marinara, this sandwich is perfect for a rainy day. The “Brooklyn Special” is another popular choice. This sandwich is made with Fresh Asiago Cheese, layered Prosciutto de Parma, and aioli. The crispy, crunchy Panini is salty and gooey.
If you make your sandwich a meal, it comes with a side of tater tots. Bringing me back to the days of elementary school cafeterias, Gorilla Cheese gives your taste buds something more advanced by bringing in specialty dipping sauces. The sweet Vidalia Onion sauce is one of my personal favorites. Gorilla Cheese also offers other sides such as Creamy Tomato Soup, just in case you are missing a “mom quality” meal.
Since you’re already indulging, no meal is complete without the “Big S” S’Mores Grilled Dessert. Made on homemade graham cracker bread, it is a must try. With one bite, it transports you back to your childhood, and leaves you with a satisfied smile and sticky sugary hands as evidence.
Take my advice and try out Gorilla Cheese if you haven’t already- Just be sure to leave some for me!