For a quality meal on the go, visit one of these favorite food trucks around the city this summer.
This new pizza truck makes fresh, uncomplicated pizzas from Italian-imported ingredients and local basil. Pizzas include the margherita, bufata and marinara, all made rich by extra virgin olive oil. Neapolitan’s trucks are powered by eco-friendly, compressed natural gas.
Often parked outside Palladium residence hall on 14th Street, Shorty’s serves up authentic cheesesteaks on fresh rolls. Try their classic cheesesteak sandwich, complete with American cheese and Cheese Whiz ($9).
The Cinnamon Snail
This truck serves a variety of healthy vegan eats, including an ancho chili seitan burger ($9) and a classic breakfast burrito made with scrambled tofu ($8). The truck also offers raw specialties and desserts. Their menu is seasonal, so visit often.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
For those not wanting to make the trek to Brooklyn, Red Hook Lobster Pound’s food truck brings its famous lobster specialties to Manhattan. For a classic summer meal, try their authentic lobster rolls ($16) and New England clam chowder ($7).
Taim, originally a West Village restaurant, specializes in fresh, homemade falafel and smoothies. The falafel is always cooked to order and is available as a sandwich ($6.50) or on a platter ($11). They also offer unique smoothie combinations, such as strawberry-raspberry-thai basil and date-lime-banana ($5).
This Colombian food truck serves authentic arepas with a variety of toppings, including Angus beef ($8) and mushed red beans ($6), as well as empanadas ($3) and fried green plantains ($6).
Often outside Palladium residence hall, Nuchas offers delicious empanadas perfect for eating on the go. Try the jambalaya empanada made with shrimp and andouille sausage or the spicy cheese empanada (both $2.76). For dessert, Nuchas also offers an apple, cranberry and Nutella empanada ($2.76).
This seafood truck, based out of the restaurant Luke’s Lobster, specializes in Maine-style seafood rolls. Their lobster roll ($15) is served on a New England-style bun with mayonnaise, lemon butter and a secret blend of spices.
Frites ‘n’ Meats
At this food truck favorite, customers can customize their juicy burgers with a variety of toppings sourced from local vendors including Murray’s Cheese and Balthazar. They also serve Belgian-style fries ($1) with a variety of sauces (50 cents each).
Desi Food Truck
Sometimes parked outside Tisch Hall, Desi Food Truck is New York’s first authentic Indian food truck. Desi serves traditional kati rolls, available with chicken and aloo masala (potatoes and peas), both for $4.50, as well as the Indian food favorite tikka masala ($6).
Caitlin Schnack is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected]