New pickup/delivery spot Ghost Truck Kitchen is slated to soft open next week—and we've got the inside scoop. Owner Andrew Martino was inspired by food truck lots when designing the concept of GTK. You have all of the options, amazing food, and different cuisines, without having to stand in line…hangry.
Martino is as humble as it gets. His passion for food, hospitality, and sustainability is evident and it comes across in every area of GTK. For him, it's not about creating food for the 'gram, but about making food that tastes great. "Whatever we're doing, we care a f***ton about," said Martino. He's thought about every detail: from packaging to maximizing ingredients to making sure your food still tastes good by the time you eat it.
His commitment to sustainability is in the packaging. All of it is recyclable. You don't have to feel guilty about ordering takeout from GTK. Even the utensils are made from sugar cane and cornstarch composite, which are biodegradable, so even if you don't recycle, they're still not going to hurt the environment. He didn't miss anything—even the water is boxed not bottled.
Back to the food! You're probably wondering how all these cuisines will work. The reason is simple: every ingredient is used throughout several of their menus. The (note: antibiotic-free) meats are sous vide just below temp ahead of time and then finished to order on the grill (the rest of the meats are smoked). This way, they'll also stay moist and fresh. We tried the buffalo chicken and the smoked turkey, and we can assure you, these were some of the most tender pieces of meat we've ever eaten.
Nothing is cooked ahead of time, so keep in mind if you order pickup at the restaurant, you'll have to wait. It's an "order-ahead restaurant," not fast casual. Besides everything being made to order, everything is also made from scratch including their buffalo sauce, mac and cheese, salad dressings, cranberry sauce…literally everything including their maple bourbon bacon. Some people say bacon is better than sex—this is definitely the bacon they're talking about.
That being said, the food is worth the walk, car trip, Uber, scooter—whatever your ride is—because to start, they're only open for pickup. On Saturday and Sunday March 16th and 17th, order ahead and grab some bites from 5-10pm. They'll announce expanded hours for the rest of March on the 18th. Catering will also be available right away. Being able to order from a place with such a wide variety of options is brilliant for offices, parties, or even indecisive groups of friends or couples. Right now, Martino is planning on launching delivery on April 20th, just in time for those munchies to kick in. For both pickup—and later delivery—you'll be able to order on their site or in person on their in-store kiosk.
Written by Sasha Kleinman
Born and raised in NJ, Sasha is obsessed with everything Jersey City has to offer. She's a fashion copywriter by day, and die-hard Jane Do enthusiast and (vegetarian) foodie by night. When she's not stuffing her face at one of Chilltown's amazing restaurants, having a couple brewskis at Departed Soles, or snuggling with your dog, Sasha is busy traveling the globe with camera (and fork) in hand. Follow her foodie-ventures @thehungrygrowlers!