Food on the Move: A Guide to NYC Food Trucks

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Food trucks offer globe-trotting bites on four wheels, creating their own unique restaurant category, with a combination of quality, creativity, and value with speed and convenience. Grab some street-side cuisine from all the best mobile eateries in NYC.

Here are some of the hottest food trucks in New York City:  

Calexico Cart

This fusion between California delicacies and Mexican cuisines started as small cart in SoHo selling tacos and burritos; in a matter of time, lines stretched to the hour mark during the lunch rush. Fast forward to today, the brand has become an award-winning restaurant chain with multiple brick-and-mortar outposts. The Calexico Cart can still be found at the corner of Wooster and Prince Streets.

The Casbah – Halal Cart

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Created by two young Moroccans Youssef and Mustapha, this has become a perfect spot to pick up a quick bite by Lincoln Center.

The Cinnamon Snail

Launched on Valentine’s Day in 2010 as the Country’s first vegan, organic food truck, The Cinnamon Snail has become one of NYC’s most beloved vegan institutions. Serving at festivals, food markets, and catering events, there’s also two standalone locations at the Pennsy Food Hall in Penn Station and in FiDi.


Los Angeles import Coolhaus is an artisanal ice cream sandwich truck with a simple concept: pick your cookie — chocolate, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, etc. — and choose an ice cream to pack inside. The whimsical, architecture-inspired creations are available in grocery stores nationwide and in bricks-and-mortar stores in Culver City and Pasadena. The company is staying true to its food-truck roots, with ten rolling dispensaries in Los Angeles, Dallas and New York,

DiSO’s Italian Sandwich Society

This bright red truck is a top-notch Italian deli on wheels. The sandwich spot has earned scores of fans with meats and cheeses sourced exclusively from Di Palo’s Fine Foods in Little Italy and bread from Sullivan Street Bakery.

Gorilla Cheese NYC

With an extensive menu and weekly specials that rotate, Gorilla Cheese puts a unique twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich. Offering oozy fillings, this comfort food truck is legendary and the perfect place to indulge.

Korilla BBQ

This truck has been the representative show for food trucks on cable TV, Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race and have since opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in the East Village in Manhattan. Roy Choi and his Los Angeles-based food truck, Kogi Korean BBQ-To-Go, started the craze of marrying Mexican and Korean cuisines. New York followed closely behind with Korilla BBQ, a roving truck featuring kimchi laden tacos, burritos and bowls.

Luke’s Lobster

Born and raised in Cape Elizabeth, a small town on the coast of Maine, Luke Holden opened an eatery in the East Village serving affordable lobster rolls. Then came this truck serving quality lobster rolls for the masses all around the City.

Taïm Mobile

This shiny, jet-black truck is the mobile branch of the popular Middle Eastern restaurants Bar Bolonat and Balaboosta. Taim, slang for “super yummy” in Hebrew, offers a high-end twist on traditional Tel Aviv street food.

Uncle Gussy’s

This Greek mainstay has won over the Midtown crowd by serving up a full Mediterranean menu amped up with quality spice blends imported directly from Greece. 

Wafels & Dinges

The bright yellow Belgian waffle truck takes a spot on any NYC foodie bucket list. With various locations throughout the City, the warm, decadent waffles with a myriad of tasty toppings will make you melt.

As the food trucks and their concepts keep rolling, this craze is showing signs that it is firmly parked on the culinary scene. Happy Dining!

Faith Hope Consolo
Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, writes the "Faithful Food" column for Total Food Service. Ms. Consolo is a leading retail broker and advisor who covers the national market. She is a specialist ranging from fine restaurants to fashionable fast foods. "To find the best retail space, You Need Faith." Email her at