This past weekend I attended the PARKED! Food Truck Festival at South Street Seaport. While I usually avoid the Seaport on weekends (it gets overwhelmingly overrun with crowds), 30+ trucks offering a variety of scrumptious eats was too tempting to pass up.
While I wish I could have sampled all 30 trucks, this was tall feat even for me. So I knew I had to choose judiciously:
There were teriyaki balls:
The Treats Truck was giving out samples of its delectable homemade brownies, mmmmmm:
La Bella Torte offered cake pops and cannolis:
Every little street you turned on to had more and more trucks! Leading the way here was the Frites ‘N’ Meats truck, which serves (you guessed it) burgers and fries. Despite the fact that F’N'M hangs around my neighborhood fairly often, I still haven’t tried them out yet – a travesty!
And then in the midst of the food truck frenzy, I saw a crustacean-adorned truck calling my name – why it was the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck!
It had been two weeks since my trip to Mystic, CT and Abbott’s (mmmmm, Abbott’s), and I had a hankering for some good lobster.
This baby was in my hot little hands before I could even say “Lobster roll me up!”
The toasted, buttery roll was generously stuffed with tons of claw meat (my absolute favorite part of the lobster), mayo, celery and spices. If the overabundance of lobster meat meant some messy eating, then I’m willing to take one for the team and suffer with the best of ‘em. This delightful bite of heaven was gone way before its time.
I then came across this stand, whose clever and slightly raunchy name, I admit, made me giggle:
Mighty Balls! Heeeheehahaha. Oh but wait, there’s more. Their slogan is “Not Your Mama’s Balls.” Bwahaha. Ok, they got me. I was tempted. I ordered a savory ball slider, taking the ball lady’s suggestions for both ball type (pork) and sauce (hot jalapeno jelly). The result – meaty, sweet and spicy:
After the lobster roll and the slider, it was time for a little breaksky. I meandered down a few more streets:
The Korilla BBQ truck was another that I heard much about. I was going to return later in the day for dinner, but the line at that time was craaaazypants! Cue sad me.
There was the Gorilla Cheese Truck, which specializes in both traditional and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches. I was especially tempted by their “Triple Cream Brie with Prosciutto di Parma & Strawberry Preserves on French Bread”… sandwich. Yet another truck with crazy lines later in the day! I should have noshed when I had the chance!
The fairly new Desi Food Truck brightened up the lineup as well:
Even though it was just past noon (the festival started at 10am), the line for the Kimchi Taco Truck was insane. This truck has gotten a lot of hype, and it seemed well justified. I’m looking forward to giving it a try when it’s in the neighborhood and doing a proper writeup!
At this point, the crowds were really starting to pick up, which is normally my cue to scarf down those last bites of gluttonous goodness and skedaddle. There was one truck that I had to visit though, and that was Coolhaus Ice Cream Sandwiches:
Coolhaus offers seriously mouthwatering ice cream flavors, such as balsamic fig & marscapone, sea salt caramel, carrot cake batter and lychee martini. You can order just a cup, but I needed the Coolhaus sandwich:
I’m pleased to introduce you to my sandwich of brown butter with candied bacon ice cream, in between two potato chip & Skor bar cookies. Seriously AMAZING and the highlight of my PARKED experience! Sweet, salty, creamy and rich, I retreated to the shade (to slow down melting, obvi) to nibble on this sandwich like a lil’ squirrel with a secret stash of acorns. SO good. So good.
My eating buddy of the day opted for an equally cool sweet treat to end our food truck festival extravaganza – Taiwanese shaved ice with all the fixins’.
The PARKED! Food Truck Festival was a truly unique and awesome gathering of the most diverse trucks in the city. I didn’t even get the chance to mention Mexican BBQ at Mexicue, hummus at Taim Falafel, authentic Austrian fare from Schnitzel & Things and the numerous other trucks that parked at the Seaport on Saturday. If they had this event every weekend, I would be ALL over this (there’s a monthly food truck gathering in Brooklyn during the summer months, but I live closer to Seaport and I’m sometimes lazy AND the turnout for this event was unreal!). I’m already looking forward to next year’s PARKED! event!
In the meantime, if you’re ever in NYC, be sure to follow my NYC Food Truck List on twitter to get the latest locations and updates from this great city’s food trucks! Happy eating!
What food truck would you like to try?