Grand Army Plaza’s Food Truck Rally

Every third Sunday from June to October, the Prospect Park Alliance and the NYC Food Truck Association sponsor a Food Truck Rally in Grand Army Plaza. I finally checked it out today, sampling the best trucks before the event’s end next month. (The Atlantic Antic is in October and one can only handle so much street food. Just kidding. Street food is the best.) The trucks encircle the entrance to the park from 11 AM to 5 PM, but things didn’t really pick up until close to 1 PM.Β Pictures of the food after the jump.

Among the trucks: Gorilla Cheese NYC, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Kimchi Taco, Mexicue, Mud Truck, The Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rickshaw Dumpling Truck, Souvlaki GR, Eddie’s Pizza Truck, Vanleeuwen Ice Cream, and Wafels and Dinges.

First thing, Lee tried a delicious Arnold Palmer slush from Kelvin Natural Slush Company. Slush and pizza trucks:

The familiar orange Mud truck:

Anne started us off by trying Taim Mobile, which featured falafels and smoothies:

She ordered a falafel pita ($5.75) topped with pickled cabbage, fatoosh salad, hummus, and tahini sauce. It was well packed (meaning it was much less messy than falafels-past), loaded with hummus, and the falafel and pita were both extremely fresh and still warm:

One of the longest lines belonged to Kimchi Taco, a fusion of Korean BBQ and Mexican fare. I was really surprised to see that they had a version of arancini (Italian fried rice balls, typically stuffed with mozzarella, meat sauce, and peas), but they weren’t available today. Their bespectacled, blue-eyed server was the bearer of the bad news; luckily for them, I was distracted instead of disappointed. I ordered the $4 BBQ nachos: BBQ beef and pork, kimchi, queso blanco, nacho cheese, and green onions over chips. I added a lot of “red sauce” for some extra kick (and kick me they did). Lee ordered an assortment of tacos filled with pork, shredded chicken, and beef ($7). I tried the chicken taco and liked it, but I was glad I got the nachos. They were as tasty as they look:

In the center of the trucks, a jug band entertained the crowd. (You can check them out here. They’re called the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies. Of course they are.) And I’m not kidding about jug band because they were legit: there were members playing a washboard, a saw, and a washtub bass. (This is basically them.) They played some folk and bluegrass covers, including “Wagon Wheel.”

The line at Rickshaw Dumpling Truck rivaled that of Kimchi Taco, so we thought we’d give them a try. (Their website’s soundtrack is proof that these are dumplings for white people.)

Anne got dumplings filled with chicken, glass noodles, Thai basil, and lemongrass. They came with a spicy peanut dipping sauce (that wasn’t actually very spicy). Five dumplings for $5, and for $9, you can add a side. Lee tried the cold sesame noodle salad.

Anne was has been waiting to try Wafel and Dinges (pronounced “ding-uhs” according to their shirts) so we saved that for dessert.

I tried the Brussels wafel with nutella and strawberry, and Anne tried the Liège wafel with nutella and banana. With two toppings, they were $6 each. For $2.50, Anne added a Belgian hot chocolate with whipped cream on top.

Finn spent his time searching for recently-dropped morsels on the ground and almost scored a large piece of fallen lobster from the Red Hook Lobster Pound. He looked a lot like this underneath our feet. After all of this food truck excitement, this pug was exhausted.