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NYC’s 7 Best Food Trucks

April 27, 2012 11:20 AM

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The Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck, or 'Big Red.' (credit: Jesse Zanger/

The Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck, or ‘Big Red.’ (credit: Jesse Zanger/

With so many food trucks to choose from in New York City it’s hard to know where to begin. Not to worry: We’ve narrowed down the best food on four wheels. Check out our picks for the 7 best food trucks, along with our menu recommendations. Keep tabs on their whereabouts by following their Twitter updates — all you need is a few dollars, a subway pass, and an appetite to enjoy these 7 top picks. By Carly Petrone.

Korilla BBQ

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When Eddie Song opened Korilla BBQ just over a year ago, he wasn’t expecting massive crowds to come out and try his take on Korean barbecue. But the crowds do come – and for good reason. A good pick for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, we love their Korean tacos. For lunch, you can get three tacos (beef, chicken, spicy pork or tofu) for $7. You can’t go wrong with any variety they offer. The pork is spicy all by itself, the tofu is soft and pillowy, the chicken had a good grilled flavor, and the bulgogi beef is nice and marinated. Warning: It can get messy – but it’s so worth it.

Big Red

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(credit: Red Hook Lobster/Facebook)

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The lobster pound from Brooklyn has gone mobile. Red Hook Lobster Pound offers two different varieties of lobster roll: Connecticut or Maine. The Connecticut-style roll is served with hot lobster that’s poached in butter. The Maine-style roll is served chilled with a homemade lemon mayonnaise. Either preparation costs $16. For $2 more, you can get chips and a drink as well. We’re hooked on their Lobster BLT: A lightly-toasted, top-sliced bun, with a healthy dose of lobster – mixed with apple chipotle mayo and topped with 2 thick slices of bacon and tomato on the bun.


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Mexicue owners Thomas Kelly and David Schillace are proving to many Manhattan-ites that Mexican food is best when infused with traditional BBQ flavors. This truck is serving up tacos packed with smoked short ribs and aged white cheddar, pulled pork sliders in a Mexicana rub with pickled red onions, and offers jalapeno poppers stuffed with smoked gouda. It won’t break the bank either -most items range from $3-$4. Our pick: The Burnt Ends Chili Rice Bowl: A bowl filled with paprika lime rice, chili, lettuce, jalapenos, cilantro lime crema, crumbled cojita cheese and topped with crispy tortilla strips.

Wafels and Dinges

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Chili Con Carne from Wafels & Dinges (credit: New York Street Food)

This truck offers all “Good Food Belgian” and it doesn’t disappoint. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dessert waffles, it doesn’t matter what time of day you get there. Each one is made to order with choices like the BBQ Pulled Pork Wafel ($5), the famous Liege Wafel ($5), and every meat lovers dream, the de Bacon Syrup Wafel ($6). For those of you who don’t speak Flemish, “Dinges” means “things” or “whatchamecallits.” There are a variety of “things” or toppings to choose from like traditional Spekuloos (similar to a gingerbread cookie spread), nutella, dulce de leche, and whipped cream with strawberries. The first dinge is free, the second is $1, or buy the Unlimited Dinges or WWD (Wafel of Massive Deliciousness) for $2. We like the Chile Con Corne, a savory cornbread wafel with chili (beef or veggie), topped with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream.

Rickshaw Dumpling Truck

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There are many Chinese restaurants in New York and plenty of Korean food trucks – but only 2 Chinese food trucks. Rickshaw Dumpling Truck was a Vendy Award Finalist in 2009, and one of our favorites dishes there is the Thai chicken basil dumplings with peanut sauce: 6 dumplings for $6, or add a side dish of miso soup or a cold noodle salad for $9. On the side, try the cold noodle salad. There’s lots of stuff in there – carrots, bean sprouts, scallions and sesame seeds, among other things. It’s a nice refreshing side dish that also adds some filling to the lunch.   Check out their non-moving restaurant, Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, at 61 W. 23rd St. in Chelsea.

Souvlaki GR

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Souvlaki Stix & Greek Fries (credit: Souvlaki GR)

The winner of 2010’s Vendy Award for Rookie of the Year, Souvlaki GR gained notoriety for their mouth-watering recreation of “the hamburger of Greece.” Owners Kostas Plagos and Pavlos and Abby Sierros know how to cook the perfect Souvlaki – at the right price ($3.50 for pita, $1.50 for stix). Made with chicken or pork, the pita is stuffed with tomato, red onion, tzatziki sauce and french fries. For $4, you can eat like the Greek with hand-cut fries sprinkled with crumbled feta cheese, oregano, salt, and pepper. Small menu, big flavor.

The Treats Truck

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'Dessert Nachos' From The Treats Truck (credit: The Treats Truck/Facebook)

Looking for something sweet? Sugar is waiting for you at The Treats Truck. Sugar is the name of the truck that drives around Manhattan filled with freshly baked cookies, brownies, and other gooey goodies. Choose from twists on classics like the Oatmeal Jammy ($1.25), a traditional oatmeal cookie with a jam center or the Mexican Chocolate Brownie ($3.00), a cinnamon chocolate brownie with chocolate chips. With so many options (think rice crispy treats and iced sugar cookies) you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store.

Carly Petrone is a freelance writer and make-up artist living in New York City. 
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    Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!


    This food truck trend is getting to be too much. I suggest everyone brown bag it and save your money.

  • Karen

    I like food trucks also, its either I’m buying from there or ordering delivery from

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  • DP

    I love the story about the guy who was selling pizza off a truck in Chelsea to the late night clubbers for $5.00 a slice. Someone filmed rats having a party inside the truck when it was closed. When the owner was interviewed by local TV station he said in his heavy Italian accent ” when I am rats..when I am gone …the rats come…it’s OK ”
    Dont know what happened to him..have not seen the truck in months…

  • Joe Quimby

    Street food use to be cheap. Now every immigrant with a cart and greasy food wants to get rich and they do.


    I love em ive have eatin my best for off a truck…


      you never, ever worked in the food service industry, right?

  • what ever man!!

    Sorry pal but the very top picture is showing some guy buying apples? geeez, to each his own, go to a store man!!! I want somethin good. How about a original maxwell street polish from chicago or something> Heck Id even eat dirt at howe before buying fruit off a truck

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      trolling much?

  • Wendy DeCampo

    Rickshaw among your top five? Sadly, you just invalidated the whole list.

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