Once considered a passing trend, food trucks are now officially parked in the New York City cheap eats scene, particularly during the warmer months. These four-wheelers brighten lunch hours, private events, and weekends at the park with innovative eats served from a tiny kitchen. Here are the 10 best food trucks in NYC.
You’ll find a pizzeria on just about every corner in this city, but bar pies — so named because they’re light enough that you can polish one off and still have room for a beer — are rarer. This Long Island pizzeria built its reputation on that type of pizza, and it’s crossed the bridge to help feed the Manhattan masses, particularly in the Financial District. Offering 10 and 16-inch thin crust pies, the truck also allows fans to vote on a daily pizza special, which is featured once a week.
Food trucks purveying fancy grilled cheese are numerous, but Morris’ moving dairy factory is the best of the group. Carefully curated sandwiches included ingredients from renowned purveyors like Saxelby Cheesemongers and Hudson Valley Duck Farm; the truck is committed to sourcing from local area farms. Opt for the classic grilled cheese with a touch of sea salt and a cup of tomato bisque.
This fixture off Bedford Avenue has fed late-night Williamsburg denizens for years, though the somewhat under-the-radar operation expanded its reach when it opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the East Village several months ago. Still, the food truck continues to park, and you won’t find a better late night steak burrito or breaded chicken torta anywhere. The food is cheap and tasty, and the portions are big enough that you’ll have breakfast waiting for you when you wake up the next morning.
A $15 lobster roll isn’t exactly a cheap lunch, but it’s still novel to eat fresh Maine shellfish from a Mack truck window, especially because Nauti — that’s the truck’s name — was one of the first mobile kitchens to hit the street here. She continues to work the streets even as Luke’s grows its brick-and-mortar fleet.
6. Bian Dang
This food truck just celebrated its fifth birthday, trading on a Taiwanese menu that goes way beyond dumplings. Zong-zi — a steamed rice, pork, and Chinese sausage treat similar to a tamale — is one of the menu’s highlights; look, too, for plates of fried chicken over rice, hard boiled eggs infused with flavors from tea leaves, and anchovies with peanuts.
5. Souvlaki GR
This two-time Vendy winner bedecked in with a mural of the Greek isles is elevating street meat one souvlaki at a time. The charcoal-grilled meat wrapped in warm pita is best eaten with a little tzatziki sauce; it’s one of the healthier fast food options you can treat yourself to for lunch. Or go for the spinach and cheese pies, which is vegetarian-friendly.
Better learn how to pronounce spekuloos, because you’ll want to order it every time. The truck smothers wafels with this addictive substance, which resembles cookie butter, plus a variety of other toppings, like dulce de leche, maple syrup, and nutella. Wafels & Dinges now has a brick-and-mortar location, but we still relish the experience of ordering our wafel from the truck window.
A shining beacon of hope for vegans looking to eat on the go, this truck keeps an ever-changing seasonal menu stocked with dishes like a smoked portobello carpaccio and an ancho chili seitan burger. The Snail is an early riser, so find it early and be rewarded with breakfast platters, pastries, and fair trade coffee drinks.
2. El Olomega
If you’re a fan of the beautiful Salvadoran corn cake known as the pupusa, stop everything you’re doing right now and go find the Lainez family, who drives this silver and yellow carriage dedicated to some of the best pupusas we’ve ever had. Stuffed with fillers like cheese, pork, chicken, and jalapeños, they’re finished off with salsa, pickled cabbage, and sour cream.
1. Korilla BBQ
The first Korilla BBQ truck was so successful, it spawned a fleet of follow-ups, with new trucks joining year after year. Beneath the orange and black tiger stripes that wrap each vehicle lie some amazing bulgogi and kimchi combinations plus a variety of hot sauces for spicing your meal to taste. Try the veggies, tofu, chicken, or pork, but the best option here is the beef, handled by a crew that’s adept with its mobile grill.