Kimchi Taco Truck
Fill up on tacos with a Korean twist at the award-winning Kimchi Taco Truck. Its crisp taco shells (3 for $7) are crammed with tender short ribs, chicken or tofu, edamame and falafel, topped with mouth-puckering fresh kimchi or pear kimchi slaw. Brooklynites stop by the truck on Saturdays at Grand Army Plaza on the edge of Park Slope and hip Prospect Heights, and perfectly placed for the Brooklyn Museum and Botanic Gardens. Follow the van on Twitter @kimchitruck for weekday locations in Manhattan.
Address: Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, Saturdays. Various weekday locations http://kimchitacotruck.com/
New Yorkers have elevated the grilled cheese to an art form, and few places do it better than the Milk Truck. Hungry Wall Streeters and office workers queue at lunchtimes for the classic ($5.75), made with gooey, aged Gruyere from Wisconsin, sandwiched between two thin slices of Levain bread from Balthazar. Try it with spicy pickles, they have a real kick which stops the sandwich from tasting too rich. Follow the truck on Twitter @milktrucknyc for weekday locations or head to the Brooklyn Flea at weekends to join hungover hipsters in line for a carb fix.
Address: Brooklyn Flea, 176 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturdays or Williamsburg Flea 27
Wafels and Dinges
Spend a few days walking around Manhattan and you’re bound to spot the cheery yellow Wafels and Dinges trucks. Regular locations include Central Park, The Guggenheim and Columbus Circle, perfect for a post-shopping sugar hit after a splurge at Coach and J. Crew in the Time Warner Center. They serve up squidgy Belgian waffles ($5) with golden crusts and sticky corners, smothered in ‘dinges’ or toppings. Try the spekuloos spread – a biscuity sauce which tastes like Digestives stirred into toffee.
Address: Various locations http://www.wafelsanddinges.com/
Calexico’s burritos and salads with a fresh, Californian twist have won this truck several awards. Its two carts park up in the Flatiron District and on the corner of Wooster and Prince in Soho, gathering a cult following among the fashion crowd, who also head for brunch at Calexico’s two Brooklyn restaurants in hipster Greenpoint (setting of Girls) and gritty Red Hook. Try the tender pollo asado as a salad or burrito ($8) – marinaded grilled chicken drizzled with fresh avocado sauce, or the black beans drenched in Calexico’s trademark fiery chipotle ‘crack’ sauce. If you’re queuing at the cart, expect a short wait for your food as it’s all cooked in front of you on the griddle. And nab plenty of napkins – these burritos are messy.
Health-conscious Manhattanites love the gluten-free falafel, salads and fresh smoothies from Taim Mobile. The falafel is a must -order – it’s seriously crunchy and cooked to order ($4 for six). Or try one of Taim’s filling Israeli salads like quinoa with sweet dried cranberries and chick peas ($5). Wash it down with a fresh pear, mint and lemon smoothie ($5) or for something a little less healthy, dip Taim’s golden French fries into a pot of creamy saffron aioli. The truck roves around lower Manhattan during the week, check @Taimmobile for locations.
Address: Various locations http://www.taimmobile.com/
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