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Trucks on a Roll


Food trucks, the next step up the evolutionary ladder from the traditional sidewalk food cart (trucks are generally larger, more tricked-out, and self-propelled), aren’t exactly new. Trucks serving pizza or halal chicken and rice have fed midtown office workers and outer-borough revelers for years. What is new is the elevation of the form—the quality, variety, and sheer number of the things have never been greater. Here, a look at 25 of our favorites.

Moshe's Falafel
46th St. and Sixth Ave.
A small portion of the crispy, fluffy falafels (three for $3.75) is a meal; a large order (five for $5.25) is a feast.
NYC Cravings Truck
Pair the meaty Taiwanese fried pork or fried chicken over rice ($7) with a side of anchovies with peanuts and chili peppers ($4).
Rickshaw Dumpling Truck
The chicken-and-Thai-basil (six for $6) are the best of these snack-size savory creations.
Jiannetto's Pizza
Their Grandma slice ($2.75) is a thin-crust Sicilian that’s crunchy (but not brittle) with sauce that’s sweet (but not too sweet).
Wafels & Dinges
The Brussels wafel ($5) is airy enough for summer. Save the denser Liège variety ($5) for colder weather. Smother either in fudge or Nutella.
Endless Summer
N. 3rd at Bedford St., Williamsburg
The juicy pork ($2.50) or beef ($3) tacos with avocado crema are deliciously overstuffed.
Street Sweets
Fear the addictive potential of the whoopie pies. The chocolate and pumpkin varieties are baked daily and cost a dangerous $2 apiece.
La Cense Beef Burger Truck
There are two things on the menu, a hamburger ($6) and a hamburger with cheese ($6.50). Neither disappoints.
El Rey del Taco
30th Ave. nr. 33rd St., Astoria
Late-night drinkers are powerless before the “sincronizada” ($7)— a gooey melted ham-and-cheese between pressed flour tortillas.
The Brothers L&C Latin Fast Food
18th St. at Sixth Ave.
For $2.50 (or three for $7), get a double corn tortilla filled with juicy, flavorful shredded pork, beef, or chicken.
Red Hook Trucks
Red Hook Ball Fields, Court St. at Bay St., Red Hook
The tacos, pupusas, and huaraches (all under $10) that helped reignite New York’s love affair with street food.
Super Tacos
96th St. at Broadway and 14th St. at 7th Ave.
Try the tlacoyos ($3): long masa flatbreads stuffed with refried beans and topped, tamale style, with bright-orange spicy pork, sweet chopped onion, lettuce, and cilantro.
Van Leeuwen
The anti–Mister Softee. The milk and cream come from upstate cows, the ginger is “baby-fiber-free,” and the chocolate is from Michel Cluizel.
Bistro Truck
A sort of Niçoise sandwich, the Tangiers Bocadillo ($6) is packed with tuna, hard-boiled egg, veggies, mortadella, and french fries inside.

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