NYC’s Best Food Trucks (2012)

You can’t go to New York City and not eat at a food truck at least once. The thing is, once you try one, you might become addicted. This was what I found when I visited, and CBS Local was right to pick the following among its top trucks. They offer variety to the local who eats here every day, as well as the makings of a three-course meal for visitors wandering around the city for an entire day.

At the top of many New Yorkers’ lists is Korilla BBQ Korean Tacos. The idea is simple: stick with a small menu selection: i.e., just Korean tacos. The beauty here is the choice within that limited selection. Diners choose to fill a burrito, taco, or chosun bowl with beef, chicken, tofu, or pork. Then they opt for a style of kimchi: refreshing, pickly, or spicy. (Not familiar with korean food? You can learn more about it here)There is just one thing no diner has a choice in: the mess. Expect this lunch to get a bit sloppy. Still, since three tacos cost less than a burger at most restaurants, you can spend your savings on napkins.

Mexicue is another economic option. If three Korean tacos were not enough, let traditional Mexican flavors fill you up. Try something with jalapenos, cojita cheese, pickled red onions, or familiar Mexican spices. Dine on pulled pork, or order a short rib taco. The chili rice bowl is topped with shredded tortillas. The menu is packed; the cost is low. Pay for lunch with spare change.

Perhaps all of that spice is a bit much for you. As an antidote, move on to another course: Wafels. Yes, waffles has two ‘f’s’ in English, but Wafels and Dinges (things) is a Belgian food truck featured by CBS Local, and with good reason: the fabulous flavors of Europe. You can down a BBQ pulled pork wafel if you like, but the family favorites are here too. Enjoy your waffle with Nutella, whipped cream, and strawberries.

Has the sugar from a Belgian waffle finally worn off after a jog in the park? Good. The Treats Truck could be pulling around the corner any minute, full of fresh baking, the aroma wafting through the New York City air. Fill that remaining gap with dessert nachos, oatmeal cookies, brownies, or one of the other many delectable treats.

Lunch was a long time ago. The next thing you know, it is time for an afternoon snack. Perhaps a lobster roll would keep you going until supper. Select the Connecticut or Maine style roll and a drink to go with it. Lobster is a bit more expensive than tacos, but the quality makes this dish worth its price tag. Even though it is a bit pricier to buy lobster, the cost of a lobster roll at Big Red is still far less than you would pay at a restaurant.

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