Finding a good food truck in New York isn’t a particularly daunting task. Just as there are tens of thousands of restaurants and bars in the city, food trucks have multiplied in recent years, and they’ve stepped up their game when it comes to diverse and eye-catching cuisine. We won’t be talking about the usual coffee and croissant trucks; we’re going to show you where you can try the best and most diverse cuisine available on wheels. And the good news? Many of these favorites will cost you less than $10.
Where else can you find platters of oxtail or jerk chicken and rice and beans smothered in gravy from inside a food truck? Not many places we imagine. Jerk Pan offers a delicious yet affordable mini lunch special priced at $8, which gets you a tiny styrofoam box filled to the brim with Jamaican goodness. Jerk Pan also has a larger box for $12 for those wanting a bigger bite. Locals say they serve a mean curry chicken patty, and we’re inclined to believe them. Customers can also opt for sides like cabbage, greens, and macaroni salad. Find the Jerk Pan at 48th Street and Park Avenue in Midtown and look for the black and yellow truck.
Washington Square Park
This small yet legendary Vegan cart in Washinton Square Park packs quite the punch, undoubtedly offering the best selection of dosas the city has to offer. What is a dosa? Think of it as a savory thin pancake or crepe which originates from South India, made with lentils and rice. Thiru Kumar, the man who runs it, serves up South Indian staples like vegetable-and curried potato-filled dosas, roti, and samosas every day except Sundays. The dosas are served with coconut chutney and sambar. Find the truck on 50 Washington Square South by Sullivan Street. “I’ve seen carts come and go for many years, and I just know that I always aim to make food for everyone that wants a clean, healthy meal for under $10” -Thiru Kumar of NY Dosas.
Ling's Fresh Made Sweet Mini Cakes
This tasty establishment has been serving warm, fried dough in Chinatown for almost forty years. You can’t mistake the sweet smell of Ling’s popular, soft and spherical dough puffs when you’re strolling through Chinatown in the early hours of the morning. For just $1.50, you can get the “Original,” which is essentially 15 warm hot cakes in a paper bag. Ling also offers mini cakes covered in chocolate syrup, coconut, and other toppings to add to your fluffy delights. You can find this truck at 263 Canal Street, right on the corner of Mulberry.
Shúkos Somasdiez Guatemala
If you’ve never had a traditional Guatemalan meal, we suggest you stop by Shúkos and find out what you’ve been missing. Most of the menu consists of sandwiches (called Shúkos) but don’t expect a regular sandwich. A Shúko is an epic sandwich filled with guacamole, tomato sauce, mustard, hot sauce, mayonnaise, and usually a sausage as a protein. Another popular menu item well-liked by locals is the papas shúkas with steak, which comes with a pile of fries topped with mayo, grilled meat, and salsa dulce on top. It doesn’t get any better than that, right? Find this truck on 49th Street and 3rd Avenue in Midtown.
Uncle Gussy’s might just be the best Greek food truck in the city, and judging by the absurdly long lines, the locals seem to agree. The menu is no-frills street Greek goodness. Get yourself a simple yet delicious $7 lamb platter or a gyro pita sandwich with a side of crispy seasoned fries. They even have their own soft drink, aptly named Gus Soda, in a staggering amount of flavors. Uncle Gussy’s is a local favorite, and you can find it at 345 Park Avenue, between East 52nd and Park.
Casa Birria NYC
Upper East Side
Casa Birria is the quintessential taco truck. Just a short breezy walk from Central Park, customers can stop by this red-and-white truck and order tacos, mulitas, quesadillas, and consomme. What separates these tacos from others is the Birria style, a new trend popping up all over the city over the last year. Birria is a Mexican dish from Jalisco, a meat stew traditionally made with goat. The “consomme” -- a tangy broth filled with raw onion, cilantro, lime, salsa roja, and chunks of goat.-- is what takes these tacos to the next level. Dip your tacos into this tasty mixture and savor the juices. Get three tacos with all the works for only $10 or settle with a $4 mulita, which is essentially a grilled cheese sandwich with meat. Find Casa Birria on 86th and 3rd Avenue in Yorkville, Upper East Side.