Manhattan guys win the Vendy! Gersh cries fowl

Rafael Soler, the beloved papusa seller at Red Hook Park, was snubbed at the annual “Vendy” award show in DUMBO on Saturday night — but he never lost his smile.
The Brooklyn Paper / Julie Rosenberg

This loss is tough to stomach.

Brooklyn’s own Rafael Soler (pictured), the papusa man of Red Hook Park, was snubbed at Saturday night’s Vendy Awards, the fourth annual tribute to the city’s best street food vendors.

Soler, beloved for his sublime fried Dominican pancakes, was our gourmand borough’s only representative in the finals at the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO.

And the winner was … Calexico, a Soho-based Mexican food truck.

“I don’t care, I am still happy,” Soler told GO Brooklyn.

But if there is any silver Patron in the dark cloud of Soler’s loss, it is that Calexico will soon open a location on Union Street, between Hicks and Columbia streets in Carroll Gardens, so Brooklynites will be able to eat their award-winning shrimp quesadillas, chicken tamales and carnitas.

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