Whoever it was that invented food trucks, thank you for what you have done for New York City. I could kiss you, for you are a visionary. Knowing that my favorite foods are always on the go and possibly headed my way for lunch and/or dinner is a true blessing.
This city has a plethora of food trucks that do just that for New Yorkers every day. The multitude of foods that are now sold via food trucks is overwhelming, and it sure puts your hometown's rickety ice cream truck to absolute shame.
Here are 14 of New York's finest food trucks you need to hunt down and indulge in, like right now.
This fresh update on the conventional ice cream truck is a summertime favorite in Brooklyn, as this truck only makes rounds during warmer weather.
Their ice cream flavors vary from originals like chocolate and pistachio, to some exclusive batches that are sold on a rotating basis, like salted caramel with bourbon (salted caramel anything and everything, please).
Did you know that there is more than one kind of Belgian waffle? Wafels and Dinges sells both the original breakfast favorite, the Brussels waffle, and the lesser known Liege waffle, a sweet and chewy alternative.
Your waffle comes with your choice of sweet toppings, like fresh fruits, Nutella, hot Belgian fudge, and whipped cream, just to name a few. I hope you'll have as much fun stuffing your face with this one as I do, time and time again.
Do you ever miss those favorite Italian sandwiches of yours that you grew up on?
DiSo's Italian Sandwich Society delivers the absolute goods when it comes to Italian sandwiches that are piled high with quality Italian cold cuts.
From meatball heroes drenched in tomato sauce and melted cheese, to sandwiches stuffed with Prosciutto di Parma and fresh mozzarella, DiSo's truck brings you back to your Italian grandmother's house-- or on a whirlwind trip to Italy-- right on your lunch break.
On their own, these cookies are homemade and hearty, but during summers at Smorgasburg, these cookies become the invaluable bases to the most delightfully decadent ice cream sandwiches you could ever imagine.
I seriously could not think of a better use for homemade cookies-- that is, if you don't devour the entire batch first.
Ice cream or cookies? We implore you not to choose, but to just have both.
Coolhaus trucks can be found around the city doing cool things with ice cream and cookies, such as letting you go halfsies with two different flavored cookies to sandwich your ice cream in between.
You'll be sure to lovingly slurp these slushies until the last drops. Kelvin Natural Slush Company brings a fresh, fruity spin on this convenience store pastime.
With tangy teas, citrus, and ginger bases mixed in with herbs like mint, basil and fresh fruits, you'll feel cool and refreshed.
With stops in Midtown, Soho, and Brooklyn, the DUB (Down Under Bakery) Pie Truck brings you exactly what its namesake promises: savory meat pies from the Land Down Under!
And if you thought pies were only supposed to be sweet-- which DUB Pies also proudly serve-- guess again. DUB Pie Truck have brought this New Zealand and Australian delicacy right to the Big Apple. Try the steak mince and cheese pie with a cup of Counter Culture Coffee for a delightful mid-day pick-me-up.,
8. Treats Truck
Imagine an entire bakery with a fabulous array of baked goods on wheels, and you have Treats Truck. There is no limit on what treats this truck supplies.
Stop by Treats Trucks, often found in Midtown or Park Slope, for cookies, cake squares, rice crispy squares, cupcakes, brownies, donuts, or whatever your go-to guilty pleasure is. You'd better have a sweet tooth or two... or four... or actually an entire mouth full of sweet teeth.
Hot, melted, and buttery grilled cheese has never been THIS good.
Milk Truck serves this comfort food classic from their truck-- stops include Midtown East, Tribeca, FiDi, and the LES-- and from Smorgasburg. Try their three cheese, with a blend of Gruyère, cheddar, and blue cheeses plus caramelized apples melted together on rosemary Pullman bread. It's absolutely to die for.
Rule of thumb: NYC hot dogs should never be boring.
At Smorgasburg, Asiadog keeps true to this golden rule by bringing the best of Asian flavors to the ballpark frank.
You can even choose the kind of dog you get-- choices from beef, chicken, organic beef, and veggie-- plus a suggestion of toppings bringing flair from traditional Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese foods.
From a banh mi style dog to a dog topped with kimchi slaw, we're sure you'll want to try them all. And you'll regret none.
The Luke's Lobster NautiTruck makes stops in Gramercy, Flatiron, DUMBO, and UWS where lobster is the Maine attraction (see what we did there?).
This truck's succulent seafood is served either chilled, as in one of their rolls, or piping hot in the form of soups and lobster grilled cheeses.
Obviously try the lobster roll if you've never had one. Flaky, melt-in-your-mouth lobster salad served inside a toasted, buttered split-top bun is perfected by Luke's. Your tummy will thank you afterwards.
12. Korilla BBQ
This Korean BBQ truck traverses all around the city, from FiDi to Midtown to Morningside Heights.
These crazy concoctions combine Korean BBQ with Mexican, and the product is phenomenal. Choose a rice bowl, burrito, or salad and add all your favorite KoMex toppings. Another ingenious food fusion is yours to enjoy anytime you feel inspired to track them down on the streets of NYC.
13. Biryani Cart
Stationed on 46th and 6th, you know that Biryani Cart is legit because it was visited by Bobby Flay when he scoured the streets of NYC for the best street food.
Authentic food is the name of the game here, and the favorite is the Katti roll. You can also get inexpensive plates of classics like chicken tikka masala with rice that could rival The Halal Guys, another Midtown lunch favorite.
14. Tacos Morelos
What could be more perfect than authentic Mexican cuisine served up in the aptly-named Jalapeño Truck?
Tacos Morelos does more than just obvious favorites like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas-- granted, these are all excellent on their own.
They have lesser known Mexican specialities like tostadas, tortas, or huaraches. The truck can be found in Williamsburg, amongst other NYC hot spots, so keep an eye out so you can stuff your face with tacos on tacos on tacos.
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Feature image article courtesy of Martin Adolfsson/PBS.