We had some scorching hot days this summer! The kind of heat that makes you not want to venture out from your air-conditioned dwelling to do anything but find refuge from the weather at another location. I found myself out, on one of the milder days, taking a walk on the High Line. I noticed the increased presence of food carts on this aboveground park. I decided to cool off and get a Mexican popsicle, a paletas, from the LaNewYorkina cart. I got a mango/chile paletas, and as I sat on the bench to bite into it, I thought it would be great to have these food options in other city parks. Normally, if you want sit in the park and eat you have to BYOB, and I usually don’t get hungry until I’m already in the park.
This mango/chile paletas was saturated with mangos, not watered down with chunks of ice like most popsicles I’ve had. It was mixed with chile peppers; you get a bite of cool mango and by the time it gets to the back of your throat the heat sets in. I remember eating mangos as a kid and my grandmother would usually sprinkle a little salt over it to enhance the taste. This was different combination, but I enjoy a good “kick” (in the mouth) from my food when take a bite. The High Line has some other impressive food carts and vendors. You can everything you would want in a park, from artisan hot dogs, tacos, salads and, of course, ice cream; all provided by: People Pops, Melt Bakery, L’Arte del Gelato, Blue Bottle, Bark, Northern Spy Food Co., The Taco Truck and Terroir.
The High Line (Chelsea Market Passage), 15th Street & 10th Avenue