The food truck is a fairly new phenomenon, but it’s taken urban and suburban centers alike by storm. While they’re not as glamorous as a high-end restaurant, they attract plenty of patrons through reasonably-priced and often good food. Once considered a passing fad, they’ve since become a major part of the New York City food scene, particularly in the warmer months of the year. I recently came across an article that listed 10 of the best food trucks in New York.
1. The Eddie’s Pizza Truck: While you can find thick, doughy pizza on nearly every street corner of New York, “bar pies”, named for being light enough to eat and still have room for beer, aren’t as common. Long Island-based “The Eddie’s” based their pizza off of this concept, and now their trucks can be found throughout Manhattan, particularly in the Financial District. The truck also allows fans to vote on a daily pizza special, which is featured once a week.
2. The Morris Truck: Grilled cheese food trucks are numerous, but the crown jewel is without a doubt Morris’ moving dairy factory. Their sandwiches are made with high-quality ingredients from local-area farms, such as Saxelby Cheesemongers and Hudson Valley Duck Farm.
3. Tacos Morelos: This moving institution, right off of Bedford Avenue, has been feeding the hungry hipsters of Williamsburg for years. Even after opening a small location in the East Village, the original food truck continues to park in Williamsburg, offering late-night Mexican fare to the bar-goers that have made Williamsburg their stomping ground.
4. Luke’s Lobster: Even though a $15 lobster roll isn’t a cheap lunch, the chance to eat fresh Maine seafood from a truck window in Manhattan is hardly one to turn down. While Luke’s has grown to over a dozen locations across the East Coast and the Midwest, their truck, affectionately known as “Nauti”, was one of the first food trucks to hit the streets of New York.
5. Bian Dang: For 6 years now, Bian Dang has been offering a Taiwanese menu that offers such unique dishes as Zong-zi, fried chicken over rice, hard-boiled eggs infused with tea leaf flavors and anchovies with peanuts.
6. Souvlaki GR: One souvlaki at a time, this two-time Vendy winner has been working to repair street meat’s tarnished name. The charcoal-grilled meat, wrapped in a warm pita and served with tzatziki sauce, is one of the healthier food truck options out there.
7. Wafels & Dinges: Offering what many consider to be Manhattan’s finest Belgian waffles is this spot. They smother their waffles in a variety of toppings, such as nutella, dulce de leche, maple syrup and an addictive substance known as “spekuloos” (sort of like cookie butter). While they now have a solid location, their trucks can still be found throughout Manhattan.
8. The Cinnamon Snail: This spot, one of the few vegan-friendly food trucks in New York, offers an ever-changing seasonal menu with exotic, delicious dishes. If you get there early in the morning, you’ll be rewarded with breakfast platters, pastries and fair-trade coffee drinks.
9. El Olomega: If you like pupusas, a corn cake from El Salvador, then this family-run food truck is the place to go. Stuffed with fillers such as cheese, pork, chicken and jalapeños, these corn treats are finished with salsa, sour cream and pickled cabbage.
10. Korilla BBQ: The first Korilla BBQ truck proved to be such a huge success that it spawned a fleet of others, with new trucks joining year after year to feed hungry New Yorkers. Inside the food trucks, instantly recognizable by their bright orange and black tiger stripes, cooks mix up some exceptional Korean dishes, as well as a variety of hot sauces. While everything here is excellent, it’s their beef, grilled in the truck, that’s the must-have.