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Food Truck Rally at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Kicks off Spring and Summer Season

You know it’s truly spring (and almost summer) when food truck events kick into high gear.  This weekend marks the start of the beloved Brooklyn Food Truck Rally in Prospect Park.

Food Truck RallyOn Sunday April 14, head to Grand Army Plaza for some of the best outdoor eats in New York. Brought to you by the NYC Food Truck Association in conjunction with Prospect Park, the Food Truck Rally will be held from 11am-5pm, with dishes representing the diversity of the city’s cuisine and population. (Other food truck events are scheduled through the fall on 4/26, 5/3, 5/17, 6/7, 6/28, 7/12, 7/19, 8/2, 8/16, 8/30, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18).

Twelve to sixteen trucks will participate per event including Andy’s Italian Ices, Brooklyn Organic, Carl’s Steaks, Carpe Donut NYC, Coolhaus, DUB Pies  - The Pie Truck, Gorilla Cheese NYC, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Kimchi Taco Truck, Milk Truck, Neapolitan Express, Nuchas, Papaya King, Phil’s Steaks, Ponti Rossi, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Snowday, Taïm Mobile, Toum and more.

Some of my favorites:


Cool HausHailing from LA, the Coolhaus ice cream-sandwich truck has entrenched itself into New York City foodie culture. Coolhaus has an “out there” menu of all-natural handmade ice creams of classic and seasonal varieties with flavors like horchata (vegan), dirty mint chip, and lychee martini, packed between two cookies that are equally as creative (think gluten-free peanut butter miso or red velvet, for example).  All this comes wrapped in an edible paper made of potato with soy ink.  How cool is that!

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Red HookAnother truck shaking up the food truck world again, Red Hook Lobster Pound brings its Big Red truck to Prospect Park.  With lobster bought fresh from Maine every week, the Pound’s lobster rolls are sweet and delicious and served correctly, IMHO, on a J.J. Nissen roll from Portland, Maine. You can add a sweet finale with another Maine delicacy, homemade whoopee pies.

Kelvin Natural Slush

Kevin SlushThis continues to be one of my absolute favorites and one with some of the longest lines of all (a hint: head there first).  With their distinctive slush flavors including Spicy Ginger, Tangy Citrus or Green & Black Tea, combined with your choice of real puréed fruit, fresh chopped mint and basil, pomegranate seeds and other natural mix-ins, Kelvin’s all-natural slushies are the perfect accompaniment to the day.  If they’re offering their “special” of the day, definitely go for it.  And, happily, it’s another blue truck!

Milk Truck

Milk TruckIf you’re hungering for a taste of your childhood, or if you brought kids with you, the Milk Truck is the place for you. Serving up delicious, fresh grilled cheese sandwiches, the Milk Truck has a varying menu of sandwiches, some purely cheese and others with ham and other goodies thrown in.

Food Festivals Continue All Summer (into October)

The food truck craze continues all summer long in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Mad Sq. Eats may be over, but celebrated chefs from around the world are still serving up signature dishes with a twist through October. This batch of food truck festivals includes events every day of the week. The lines can be long, so it’s best to arrive early (or bring a lot of patience).

Hester Street Fair

The marketplace at the Hester Street Fair in Manhattan’s Lower East Side will keep you busy with its vintage clothing, jewelry, crafts and home goods, but you have to eat, right? Artisanal is the mode here as you create your own s’more from S’amore or indulge in a local fave, the cuppie, a cupcake with cookie dough baked into the middle from It’s a Cuppie . Sticking around for dinner? Get adventurous with Jambalaya Balls topped with dirty gravy at Exchange Alley, paired with a thirst-quenching sweet tea or cayenne lemonade. Check out the full list of this year’s participating vendors here:


Saturdays through October 26 from 10am-6pm; corner of Hester St. and Essex St.


The creators of Smorgasburg have set up shop in South Street Seaport with SmorgasBar, a pop-up aimed at revitalizing the area post-Sandy. SmorgasBar adds two full bars serving up local and other beers, wines and spirits so you’ll have something to wash down one of Milk Truck’s ( weekly grilled cheese specials, or fresh oysters from Brooklyn Oyster Party ( If you’re looking to beat the summer heat, try a slushie from Kelvin Natural Slush Co.


Sunday-Thursday from 11am-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am-11pm; Front St. and Fulton St.

Participating Smorgasburg vendors:

Asia Dog

Blue Marble Ice Cream

Brooklyn Oyster Party

Brooklyn Soda Works


Kelvin Natural Slush Co.


Milk Truck Grilled Cheese

Pizza Moto

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Rice & Miso Everyday

Food Truck Rally

After sightseeing in Prospect Park, grab a bite at the Food Truck Rally in Brooklyn’s historic Grand Army Plaza. Several Manhattan food truck staples, including Van Leeuwen and Wafels & Dinges , are in this year’s lineup, so you can finally try all the treats you’ve hurried past on your way to work while you have the chance to relax.


First and third Sundays through October 20, from 11am-5pm; Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn (note: event will take place September 8 instead of September 1)

Participating Vendors:

Andy’s Italian Ices

Big D’s Grub Truck

Chinese Mirch


Eddies pizza

Gorilla Cheese nyc

Green Pirate Juice Truck

Kelvin Slush

Kimchi Taco Truck


Miami Food Machine

Mike n willies

Milk Truck

Morris Grilled Cheese

Mud Truck



Phil’s Steaks

Red Hook Lobster Pound


Souvlaki Gr


The Treats Truck


Valduccis Pizza

Van Leeuwen

Wafels & Dinges

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