Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.

In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) Moving help in New York get to sample it all.

Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience for professional movers will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.


This week’s pick! —  Punjabi Deli and Grocery, East Village

From across the street, it looks like an ordinary deli.

The sun-faded awning, emblazoned with thick white lettering, juts out over a dusty storefront window crowded with advertisements and posters.

But the second you step into Punjabi Deli and Grocery on East 1st Street, it becomes clear that this is far from your regular corner store.

Behind the counter are men cooking up Punjabi-style Indian dishes as traditional music blares from a stereo in the corner. The air is inundated with rich spices and the narrow store is crammed from wall to wall with customers chowing down on some of the best and cheapest Indian food New York City has to offer.

For an astounding $6, this East Village deli offers a generous portion of three curries, dahls or saags of your choice served on top of a steaming bed of basmati rice. For an extra two bucks, you can complement your meal with piping-hot chai tea and a leaf-thin slice of roti bread – perfect for scooping up sauce with and somewhat essential, as the eclectic eatery is standing room only.

If you’re in a rush, the deli also sells lightly breaded, carefully seasoned samosas and pakoras that you can eat on the go.  All dishes are 100% vegetarian – a facet that should not dismay meat-eaters, as these masterful meals outplay your average chicken tikka masala everyday of the week.

Punjabi Deli is a main go-to for many on the Cool Hand team. You can always count on this straightforward eatery to dish up hearty, healthy and delightfully spicy meals, whether you finish a moving job at 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. Who knows, maybe next time we’re there, we’ll bump into you.

 

 

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“There are a lot of different aspects of the job I enjoy. The fact that I’m able to stay active is definitely one of them.”

And there is plenty of action to go around in New York’s moving industry. “If you want to get a workout and get paid for it then this is one way to go about it.”

Since 2011, Jesus Vasquez – born and raised in Crown Heights and now residing in the Port Richmond section of Staten Island – has been instrumental in the evolution of Cool Hand Movers, which like many local moving company New York started with a Ford E150 cargo van and a modest yelp page.

“I was finishing my degree and needed steady flexible work. Being a part of the Cool Hand team was an ideal situation for me since I had to balance school, spending time with my kids and work all at the same time.”

As a foreman and project manager, Jesus is tasked with the responsibility of overseeing jobs so they run as smoothly as possible, training new workers and logistical planning.  

Recently, Jesus began the process of becoming a personal trainer. In the near future he will hopefully be building his own clientele and his own small business, no doubt drawing on the skills and wisdom he has picked up from being a part of another nascent business.

“My work ethic in the gym has people coming to me all the time for fitness advice and training requests; is the universe talking to me?”

Perhaps so.

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What’s for lunch?

Every neighborhood, from Fort Greene to Harlem, from Bay Ridge to Sunnyside, has its own culinary style.

In a city obsessed with food (in a good way) movers in NYC get to sample it all.

Each week we are featuring a neighborhood institution that over time and experience for professional movers will become a no-brainer. The places that when you look at the day’s scheduled moving jobs, you know what you’re having for lunch before you hop in the truck.


This week’s pick! —  My Cuban Spot. Gowanus, Brooklyn.

One of our Brooklyn-bred movers recently complained that, for years, he couldn’t find any solid Cuban food in New York City.

But then My Cuban Spot opened up for business.

Located on an inconspicuous side street in Gowanus, My Cuban Spot dishes up culinary classics from the Caribbean island that’ll make any mouth watery. “The Spot,” as it’s known in the neighborhood, emulates the décor of a Havana sandwich shack: small, simple kitchen, a handful of tables and chairs set out on the sidewalk and – most importantly – delicious, rustic and affordable food.

For workers at the best moving company in New York City, that combination is as golden as the crust of a perfectly toasted Cubano.

And speaking of Cubanos, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

For a novice, the Spot’s classic Cubano sandwich – “The Boss” – is a must. For a mere $11, you’ll get an oversized golden-brown Cuban roll filled to brim with thinly sliced ham topped with chunks of tender roasted pork, melted Swiss cheese, sliced pickles and a light coat of mustard. With that, the kitchen fry up a fresh side of plantain chips – “Mariquitas” – served along with an addictive garlic sauce called “Mojo Criollo.”

For the more seasoned Cuban cuisine aficionado, there’s plenty to choose from. How about some slow-cooked pork butt with yellow rice and pinto beans? Or why not a sofrito-slathered fish-of-the-day?

For us, as full-service movers in New York that never sleeps, My Cuban Spot hits close to home because of its ability to maintain a no-thrills attitude while still cooking up delectable dishes for a reasonable price.

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