Food trucks on an island? Not an oxymoron! A Labor Day weekend mobile munchfest.
Fourteen of the city's best munch mobiles pulled into (were ferried to?) Governors Island for MeanRed's Parked Food Truck Festival, a moveable feast doling out everything from jerk chicken and plantains (Jamaican Dutchy) to spicy kati rolls (the Bollywood-star-adorned Desi Truck).
Food-truck veterans like the Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck and Rickshaw Dumplings were on hand, scooping and steaming like old pros; while some newer faces like Kelvin Natural Slush Co. (with refreshing ginger citrus tea slushies) and Cinnamon Snail (who brough chipotle grilled tofu) cropped up, too.
No doubt helped by the gorgeous weather and holiday weekend, the event was packed. Thousands of hungry street-food aficionados flooded the island, causing some lines to stretch on for as long as two hours. (Not everyone was happy, evident in a slew of Twitter grumblings: sample here, here and here.) Some trucks, like perpetual faves the Red Hook Lobster Pound and Robicelli's Gourmet Cupcakes, sold out early, while Van Leeuwen and Hallo Berlin (who stocked over 500 sausages for the event) kept on serving until the bitter end. The manager at Hallo Berlin shrugged: "We knew people would be hungry. We came prepared."
By Jamie Feldmar; photos by Gabi Porter