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New York City Food Trucks Guide

FIND NYC STREET FOOD OPTIONS
In the past several years, food trucks have become extremely popular and, what once was considered a risky dining choice, is now a most coveted opportunity to enjoy an eclectic mix of culinary delights; from down-home to gourmet, American to Cambodian, and everything in between. On the streets of New York, you’ll see workers on their lunch hours, parents with their kids in tow and city visitors clamoring to locate their favorite food truck. Your best experiences will include great street food along with great service. The personalities and stories of the food truck vendors contribute to the whole experience of food truck dining.

We can partially thank social media outlets for the rise in popularity of the food truck. Twitter is key to knowing where a specific food truck will be each day. Most vendors will tweet their location for the day and may post specials or even secret passwords. They will also tweet if they’ve closed due to weather or other events. Substantially all food truck vendors participate in Twitter and Facebook, and there are new such tools evolving all the time.

Needless to say, there is a lot of competition in the food truck business. How do you choose a specific food truck for your next meal? You may want to simply seek out one with a long line. Another option is to check out the slew of food truck blogs which have popped up all over the Internet, where you’ll find reviews and recommendations. (We’ve included links for a few of these blogs in our “Additional Resources” section.) You can also find the best of New York by looking at how many Twitter followers they have. But don’t just take someone else’s word for it – if it sounds good to you, give it a try!

NEWS

Prospect Park Food Truck Rally
Brooklyn: As the food truck craze continues to take the borough by storm, several mobile food hubs have rolled into Prospect Park to further showcase their delectable specialties. From kimchi tacos to Indian food and everything in between, hungry customers had a bevy of sweet or savory options. The food trucks bring inexpensive and healthy options to the places they visit. The Food Truck Rally will be at Prospect Park every first and third Sunday through Oct. 19.

Note: In the chart below, click on the food truck name to visit its website, use the icons for Twitter and Facebook to access those accounts. Also, there are online resources and phone apps with up-to-the minute details of a food truck’s location (see our “Additional Resources” section below).

Choose by Type: American | Desserts, Sweets, Beverages | Ethnic | Healthy, Sustainable, Organic | Seafood

Food Truck Name

Food

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American Foods
Frites & Meats Burgers 917-292-9226

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Choose angus, wagyu, skirt steak or burger of the week, as well as type of bun, cheese and toppings to create your custom burger. Also serving fries, soup, dessert and soft drinks.
Go Burger Burgers & Dogs 212-988-9822

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Gourmet burgers & hotdogs, sides, soft drinks and milkshakes.
Gorilla Cheese NYC Grilled Cheese 347-674-7455

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Grilled cheese sandwiches made with your choice of cheeses and extras, such as pulled pork, smoked turkey, prosciutto and more. Also serving tater tots, soup, mac & cheese, dessert and soft drinks.
Milk Truck Grilled Cheese 917-520-7415

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A variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, soups, salads, mac & cheese, milkshakes and soft drinks.
Morris Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese 401-440-8910

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Choose from a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, soups and soft drinks.
Munchie Mobile American n/a

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Burgers, grilled cheese, tuna melt, chicken sandwiches, sides, soft drinks and fried oreos.
Our Heros Truck Hero Sandwiches 347-205-7300

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A variety of hot and cold hero sandwiches, soup and salad.
Phil’s Steaks Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches n/a

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A variety of philly cheesesteak sandwiches, including vegetarian version, served on a Amoroso roll, plus chips and soft drinks.
Shorty’s NYC Philly Cheesesteak 212-967-3055

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Philly cheesesteak sandwiches made with bread dough shipped from Philadelphia.
Snap Truck Burgers & Dogs 646-397-6271

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This husband and wife team prepares 100% beef hotdogs, char-grilled organic beef burgers, fries and avocado fries.

Desserts, Sweets, Beverages

Food Truck Name

Food

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Andy’s Italian Ices Italian Ice & Beverages 516-972-7959

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Andy's is a gourmet Italian Ice truck serving Water Ice and Crθme Ice, hot and cold espresso beverages, tea, hot cocoa and soft drinks.
Big Gay Ice Cream Ice Cream 212-533-9333

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Soft-serve ice cream with unique toppings, sundaes, floats --- all with a playful attitude.
Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches 347-252-6660

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Mix and match your favorite ice creams and cookies to make your own Ice Cream Sandwich.
Cupcake Crew Cupcakes 347-417-2392

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Serving cupcakes made from the finest, all natural ingredients.
Je & Jo Ice Cream Ice Cream & Beverages 212-967-4856

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Hand-made ice cream with all-natural cookie dough; Grumpy coffee, espresso drinks, hot chocolate and teas.
Kelvin Natural Slush Co. Frozen Slush Beverages 646-200-5083

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All natural frozen slush beverages in distinct and sophisticated flavors.
Mud Truck Coffee 212-529-8766

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Hot and iced coffee and espresso beverages and teas, plus some food items.
Sweetery Sweet & Savory Treats 212-888-6633

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All sorts of sweets, such as cupcakes, whoopie pies, scones, muffins, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, savory croissants and quiches, daily soup, coffee and espresso drinks and soft drinks. Everything is made with all-natural ingredients.
Treats Truck Baked Goods 212-691-5226

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Cookies, brownies and bars, plus daily specials and beverages are served from a food truck named "Sugar".
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Ice Cream & Beverages 718-701-1630

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Van Leeuwen serves house-made ice creams, Toby's Estate coffees & espresso drinks, and fresh pastries from 6 food trucks and 3 stores.

Ethnic Foods

Food Truck Name

Food

Phone

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Bian Dang Taiwanese 212-695-5995

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Fried chicken leg or pork chop over rice, fried fish cake, steamed pork dumplings, vegetarian and more.
Big D’s Grub Fusion 646-543-2443

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Big D ("Dennis") serves tacos, grinders and rice plates with beef, pork or chicken; breakfast options too.
Bistro Truck Mediterranean 800-490-4924

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Serving stuffed filo dough pies; entrees with lamb, chicken or vegetables over rice or couscous; variety of sandwiches; sides and daily specials.
Bongo Brothers Cuban 347-794-8223

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Bongo Brothers serves ham, pork, flank steak or chicken Cuban sandwiches, Cuban burgers and hot dogs, platters with rice and black beans, soft drinks and coffee.
Cambodian Cuisine Torsu Cambodian 646-207-0207

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Authentic Cambodian food.
Chinese Mirch Chinese, Indian 212-532-3663

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Chinese Mirch adds Indian spices to Chinese foods to make vegetable or chicken momos (pan-fried dumplings), rice bowls, noodle soup and traditional baos.
Desi Food Truck Indian 917-744-1001

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Authentic Indian food, such as kati rolls, chicken tikka masala and chicken curry & rice.
Eddies Pizza Pizza & Italian Sandwiches 917-439-7522

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10" or 16" pizza with standard or whole wheat crust, variety of toppings. Also serving sandwiches, soups and salads.
Fun Buns NYC Taiwanese 212-920-5197

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Taiwanese steamed buns with braised pork belly, lemongrass chicken or spicy beef shank.
Hibachi Heaven Japanese 516-830-0021

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Choose beef, chicken, shrimp or tofu; then choose type of rice, veggies and sauce. Available as wrap or bowl. Soft drinks too.
Kimchi Taco Truck Korean BBQ n/a

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Choose BBQ short rib, spicy seared pork, spicy grilled chicken or tofu edmame falafel for your Kimchi taco or a rice bowl. Also serving cheesesteak sandwich, sides and soft drinks.
Korilla BBQ Korean, Barbecue, Fusion n/a

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Burritos, tacos and chosun bowls with your choice of ribeye, pulled pork, chicken or tofu, plus rice, sauces and toppings.
Marky Ramone’s Cruisin' Kitchen Trattoria n/a

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Marky Ramone (drummer for the band) has his hand in this food truck featuring a variety of meatballs in a hero sandwich.
Mexico Blvd Mexican 646-678-0976

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Serving freshly-made guacamole; tacos and tortas with choice of marinated pork loin, pork tenderloin, top round steak or shredded chicken; and soft drinks.
Mexicue Mexican Barbecue 646-559-4100

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Serving a variety of tacos and sliders along with tortilla chips & salsa and soft drinks.
Mike & Willie’s Tacos, Sliders 917-995-5170

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Serving a variety of tacos and sliders as well as tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole.
Nuchas Empanadas 646-477-8247

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A variety of hand-held empanadas with assortment of doughs and fillings, including beef, chicken, jambalaya and vegetarian. Coffee and espresso drinks, soft drinks and sweets.
Okadaman Japanese 646-531-7113

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Osaka-style pancakes, stir-fried noodles, octopus balls, fried chicken & cabbage; lunch combos; soft drinks.
Palenque Columbian 718-954-1955

 

 

Build your Columbian delicacy with choice of arepa and choice of topping, such as cheese, chicken, beef, shrimp or vegan; sides, soft drinks and desserts also available.
Rickshaw Truck Chinese Dumplings 212-924-9220

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Choose a pork, chicken or vegetarian dumpling, then add a noodle or green salad, miso soup or chilled edamame.
Schnitzel & Things Schnitzel 347-772-7341

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Serving schnitzel with a variety of filling choices and several options for sides, as well as desserts and beverages.
Seoul Food Korean 212-612-3070

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Korean tacos, burritos, bibimbap rice dishes, rice platters, banh-mi sandwiches and sliders with choices such as short rib, rib-eye, pork, chicken and portabellas.
Souvlaki GR Greek 212-777-0116

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Variety of pitas, Greek burger, chicken and pork skewers, sides, beverages and more.
Valducci’s Original Pizza Pizza 212-470-8476

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Thin-crust Sicilian pizzas with homemade sauce and choice of toppings by the slice or full pie; specialty pies such as vodka pie, eggplant & ricotta and white pie; homemade soup and pasta of the day; soft drinks.
Wafels & Dinges Waffles 866-429-7329

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Several trucks and carts throughout the city. Sweet and savory wafels with a variety of dinges (toppings), ice cream, hot and iced coffee, hot Belgian chocolate and soft drinks.


Healthy, Sustainable, Organic Foods

Food Truck Name

Food

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Crisp on Wheels Falafel/Vegetarian 646-400-5221

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Vegetarian, healthy gourmet pita sandwiches, salads and soft drinks.
Green Pirate Juice n/a

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Organic, fresh-squeezed fruit/vegetable juices and healthy snacks. Bring your own 16oz cup and save 50cents.
Now Eat This! Truck by Rocco DiSpirito Healthy Comfort 917-370-6974

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Entrees include pasta with meatballs, enchiladas, chicken satay, jambalaya, General Tsao's chicken, organic lasagna and vegetarian items - all healthy and under 350 calories. Healthy soup, salads and sides; all-natural beverages.
NYC Healthy Bites Organic, Natural 347-836-2333

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Organic beef or chicken hotdogs, all natural chicken sausage, vegan sausage and veggie burgers with a variety of toppings.
Rouge Tomate Sustainable 646-237-8977

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Local, seasonal, healthy food cart. Burgers, chicken, vegetarian, soups, drinks and desserts.
Taim Mobile Falafel n/a

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Tel Aviv street food with a gourmet twist. All-vegetarian menu of gluten-free falafel sandwiches and platters with a variety of sides; smoothies and soft drinks.
Vegan Lunch Truck/The Cinnamon Snail Vegan 201-675-3755

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Vegan breakfast, sandwiches, pastries.

Seafood

Food Truck Name

Food

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Fishing Shrimp Seafood 212-920-5197

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Fish and shrimp baskets, tacos, soup, fries and slaw.
Luke's Lobster Seafood 917-881-7866

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"Maine-style" lobster, crab and shrimp rolls; chips and soda.
Red Hook Lobster Truck Lobster 718-858-7650

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Serving lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, lobster BLT, lobster mac & cheese, clam or shrimp chowder and more, plus whoopie pies and Maine Root sodas.

Attention Food Truck Operators: If you would like to be included in our listings, go to our Submit Your Site page.

Locating Food Trucks Today

TruxMap
Real-time mapping for NYC food trucks.
TweatIt
"The easiest way to find a mobile food vendor near you in NYC."
Roaming Hunger
Real-time mapping for NYC food trucks and tweets from the vendors.

Street Food Blogs & Reviews

Find out what others are saying about the food trucks out there.

NYC Vendy Awards
Annual awards competition for New York City food trucks, trucks and other street food offerings. The 9th annual awards event will be held on Saturday September 7, 2013.
New York Street Food
NYC Food Truck blog.
Food Truck Talk
National blog, but lots of New York info.
Yelp
Reviews from the public.
NYC's 7 Best Food Trucks
CBS New York Article April 2012 - NYC's 7 Best Food Trucks
Zagat's 8 Best NYC Food Trucks
Zagat's 8 Best NYC Food Trucks August 2012

Food Truck Tours

Not sure which Food Truck to choose? Take this tour and you will sample a variety of street food choices.

New York City Gourmet Food Truck-Cart Walking Tour
Choose from Downtown, Midtown or High Line walking tour sampling a variety of food truck & food cart fare. Combine history and culture of the neighborhood and its street food. $48 ticket fee includes food from several different food trucks - plenty for lunch.

Miscellaneous

How Food Trucks Revived the Restaurant Industry
Video of Mexicue CEO & Co-Founder David Schillace discussing how his business went from food truck to two New York City restaurants, with plans for more.

New York Food Truck Association
Association of small businesses that operate premium food trucks in NYC; advocates for food truck vendors.

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