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The 20 Best Food Trucks NYC Locals Brag About!

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Best Food Trucks NYC

The food truck phenomenon is real. Some great food is being cooked up in these small kitchens on wheels. But, it can be tough to keep up with them since they’re always on the move. Many use social media to keep fans in the know about their whereabouts on any given day. New York has a lot of great eateries, from the best Mexican restaurants in NYC to obviously great NYC pizza places, but have you tried the dishes being served up on food trucks in the city? If not, keep reading to find some of the best food trucks in NYC.

Breakfast Food Truck

One of the best things about New York City is that there’s no shortage of food trucks on wheels no matter the time of the day for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Not only are they the perfect to-go option for locals out and about but tourists can conveniently grab and go from sight to sight without skipping a beat. If you’re looking to start your day with breakfast courtesy of the food trucks in town, keep reading for the best in the biz as we break them all down not just for breakfast, but street food throughout the entire day! Here are our top picks:

1 | Wafels & Dinges | The combination of live music and the smell of the fresh waffles on the grill causes New Yorkers to flock to this food truck. Brought to you straight from Belgium, the treats from Wafels & Dinges are legendary among locals. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, they’ve got you covered. Choose your waffles and dinges (aka toppings) to create your ideal treat — guaranteed to be your next favorite guilty pleasure anytime you’re in NYC.

2 | Royal Grill Halal Food | Do you like bold, Indian dishes that promise to keep their authentic flavor while delivering a healthy twist? If so, you’re in luck — this is one of the top award-winning food trucks NYC locals can’t stop raving about.

3 | Uncle Gussy’s | Let Uncle Gussy’s traditional Mediterranean menu take you on a culinary journey through Greece. The family started one of the first Greek food trucks NYC ever had and they’re more popular than ever. Enjoy mouth-watering gyro, pork souvlaki, and much more for delivery or takeout. Be sure to order extra tzatziki and their famous fries — you’ll thank us later.

4 | Diso’s Italian Sandwich Society | What would a list of the best food trucks NYC locals brag about be without an Italian deli on wheels? Featured on the Food Network for this reason, Diso’s Italian Sandwich Society serves up much more than your average sandwiches. Fans rave about everything from their Italian meat combos to the prosciutto de parma masterpieces.

5 | Exotic Bowls | Need a nutritious morning or midday pick-me-up? Exotic Bowls has antioxidant-packed organic acai bowls and hearty smoothies that will help you power through the day with a smile.

6 | The Mudtruck | If you’re serious about your coffee, then the Mudtruck is a must for your next caffeine pit stop. Serving up nothing but the smoothest and richest java, Mud coffee gives Starbucks a run for their money.

7 | Gorilla Cheese NYC | Calling all grilled cheese fanatics! Take your pick from the classics or kick it up a notch with one of their specialty sammies like the Triple Cream Brie with Prosciutto Di Parma. Whatever your pleasure — we promise it’s best paired with a side of tots or the tomato soup shooter for dunking.

8 | Los Tacos No.1 | With nearly 2000 rave Yelp reviews, this is one of the best Mexican food trucks NYC has to offer. If you’re in Times Square, be sure to grab one of their famous tacos or quesadillas crafted from family recipes straight from Tijuana, Mexico.

9 | Tacos El Bronco II| Be sure to check out this Mexican food truck staple if you’re in the Bronx. Serving up a variety of authentic tacos for only $2.75 — you won’t find any cheese or sour cream here. Take your pick of anything from al pastor to carnitas to Mexican chorizo (and everything in between).

10 | Chicken Vs. Lamb | This hidden gem is the best Halal lunch spot in the Bronx thanks to the staff’s excellent customer service and flavorful dishes to go. There’s always a lineup so be sure to get there early if you want to try their spicy rice before it sells out (yes, it’s that good).

11 | Jerk Shack Caribbean Food Truck | Craving some late-night Jamaican food? Jerk Shack’s mobile food truck is open round-the-clock. Whether you’re in the mood for BBQ jerk chicken, curry goat, or a vegan platter, you can’t go wrong with this Caribbean local favorite.

12 | Cheech A’ Cini’s Truckin Trattoria | If you’re after gourmet Italian-American food on a budget, Cheech A’ Cini’s is the place to be. Locals rave about the “Cheechsteak” sandwich which is phenomenal (and big enough for two)! They often move around the Tri-State area so check out their Facebook page to be sure you don’t miss them.

13 | Skippy’s | What is a visit to New York without sampling the best hot dogs in town? Skippy’s has been a hit among Staten Islanders for over 60 years. In addition to hot dogs grilled to perfection, they’re also known for their world-class chili, made spicy or mild — whichever way you like it. Did we mention they have a massive hot sauce selection?

14 | Tacos La Carcachita | Boasting an excellent Mexican menu selection, Tacos La Carcachita can feed the whole family at an incredible price point. The best part is, they’re open late. Make sure to sample the different authentic salsas — and order extra guacamole for sure.

15 | Gyro King | This Greek and Indian fusion food truck has something for everyone. They offer over 130 menu options to choose from, ranging from juicy pork souvlaki to lamb over rice to crispy golden fries. Plus, they’ve been serving the area for over half a decade, so it’s not hard to see why this food truck is such a Staten Island favorite.

16 | Cesar’s Empanadas | Cesar’s is one of the best empeñada food trucks NYC has to offer. With a ton of flavor packed into a hefty empanada, this is the perfect stop for lunch or dinner. With the perfect ratio of flaky goodness to savory filling, you won’t be disappointed with these comfort eats.

17 | Eddie’s Pizza | Eddie’s Pizza truck is home to the famous Bar Pie. Originally located in New Hyde Park, locals were elated when the truck hit the streets of NYC. Their handcrafted pies are cooked right in front of you and come in a variety of mouthwatering traditional options.

18 | Taco’s El Chicken | This Mexican food truck NYC loves so much is just about as authentic as it comes. So authentic that you may want to brush up on your Spanish before you head there — or you can always order online. They have both traditional and vegetarian dishes, with portions that will leave you satisfied at an incredible price point.

19 | King Souvlaki | King’s Souvlaki’s authentic Greek food is a staple when you’re in Queens. Trust us when we say, there’s a reason for the line — and it’s well worth it. Locals go wild for their delicious grilled souvlaki platters that just happen to come with incredibly generous portions. You can’t go wrong with their hefty sandwiches or gyros either.

20 | Birria-Landia | According to New York Times critics, Birria-Landia has “changed the taco landscape.” Let’s just say you won’t go hungry when you eat at this authentic Tijuana-style food truck. Enjoy tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and consome cooked to perfection. The best part is, all of the menu items are at a shockingly good price point.

Last Tips On the Best Food Trucks NYC has to Offer!

Like we said, there’s no shortage of food trucks on the streets of NYC, your greatest challenge will be deciding on what you’re craving most. The good news is, you can’t go wrong with any of the picks that have made our list of trucks NYC locals adore so much. We’ve added mouthwatering cuisine options with the best street food you can imagine. Wherever you are — the streets of New York City have got you covered. Enjoy!

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