+
Restaurants & Bars

Yvonne Yvonne - Jamaican truck

Lau | Sep 16, 200810:24 AM     8

I found this Jamaican truck on 71st bet 1st and York that is close to my GF's place and it tends to be reasonably busy, so i decided to try it.

Its a big silver truck with pics of the menu on the side of it and its called Yvonne Yvonne and is part of some restaurant in Harlem on 135th I think (it says it on the truck). Its run by a Jamaican lady and guy team. They've got a bunch of stuff like curried chicken, curried goat, oxtail, chicken smothered in brown sauce, fried chicken, a couple different fishes and they have specials on different days like jerk chicken, spicy jerk pork and pig tails (there are more, they list all of them on the truck).

It's pretty cheap they've got 3 different sized containers that go for $6, $7 and $9. The $7 is more than enough for one person, the $9 is probably enough for 2 people. You get a meat (you can actually get 2 meats that are half orders) and get 2 sides; things like rice & beans, plantains, steamed cabbage, collard greens, macaroni & cheese etc.

I tried it twice and here's what I got:
- oxtail: this is the best thing I've had here and its very good (I believe that it maybe the best thing b/c everytime I go, everyone is ordering that). It's braised oxtail that's been marinated in some sort of sauce. The oxtail meat is very tender and has a good flavor. If you go I definitely recommend this.
- curried chicken: this was decent, the chicken is nice and tender and the curry sauce is pretty decent. Although nothing blew me away about it, but it's definitely passable.
- spicy jerk pork: I wasn't crazy about this as I thought it was a bit overcooked and not as tender as it should be. The flavor was fine, but it was a bit on the dry side vs what I thought it would be like
- rice & beans: these are fine, nothing amazing, but not bad
- collard greens: these are pretty good, not mushy or overcooked

They also have this spicy sauce that is chopped up green peppers and carrots in a vinegar type sauce, its reasonably spicy and tastes very good; definitely ask for some if you go. There are also alot of jamaican desserts and drinks in a cooler (didn't try any).

Overall, I'd come back just for the oxtail (its very good). I don't know if I'd go out of my way to come here, but if ure on the upper eastside then I think its def worth it (UES is generally sort of a desolate area for food). Also I believe its only there on the weekdays during lunch.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year
Guides

How to Stick to Healthy Eating Resolutions for the New Year

by Brianne Garrett | New year, new me. It’s a popular mantra that we all tell ourselves going into a new year—vowing that...

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave
Guides

5 Plant-Based Swaps for the Carbs You Crave

by Gretchen Lidicker | Trying to cut carbohydrates? There are plenty of great plant-based substitutes for your favorite carbs...

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking
Guides

13 Easy Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

by Dan McKay and Jen Wheeler | These easy, healthy ingredient swaps are proof that eating healthy doesn't have to be a chore. Even...

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right
Recipe Round-Ups

9 Easy Low Sugar Breakfast Recipes to Start Your Day Off Right

by Gretchen Lidicker | If you want to eat less sugar, finding no-sugar and low sugar breakfast recipes that are both easy...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.