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Dnm121364 Jan 24, 2012 06:25 PM

boyfriends birthday isn't all the way till April 21st but I've got to thinking. Anyone know of a place where there's a lot of food trucks near each other? Is there an avenue with different ones at least. if anyone sees "diners, drive-ins, and dives" and "man vs food" you kind of get the idea of what he likes. Typical delicious greasy stuff. burgers, wings, pizza, etc...a place where we can pick a little of everything and is very casual. he's not into the whole sit in dinners...and if anyone has my answer plus a bar near by with some really good COLLDD beer?? I know I'm asking for too much but any suggestions would be appreciated!!!

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    jessbnjess RE: Dnm121364 Jan 25, 2012 06:31 AM

    Last summer a bunch of food trucks would park at the Lot on Tap at the High Line. Although I have no idea if they're doing it again this year, and April might still be too early. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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    The Lot on Tap
    10th Ave W 30th St, New York, NY 10001

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      Anthony A RE: Dnm121364 Jan 25, 2012 02:43 PM

      The Trucks have scattered about the city since the Midtown Police crackdown in the summer. They are often in heavy rotation and post their schedules on Twitter. The only time you see them together is at scheduled PR events, or at the High Line like the post above suggests. If the weather is good there are usually 3 or 4 food options at the lot (30th and 10th). Plus they offer alcohol for those interested.

      However, there are plenty of quality carts that set up close to each other. I would say if you walked down 6th Ave between 43rd and 47th you will find some good options.

      Trini Paki Boys- 43rd & 6th ( West Indian/ Pakistani)
      El Rey Del Sabor-43rd & 6th ( Mexican...Great Tortas)
      Kwik Meal - 45th & 6th ( Bengali/ Mediterranean....Famous for their expensive Lamb over Rice)
      Biryani Cart- 46th &6th (Indian...known for Kati Rolls on homemade Chapati and their Biryani)

      This is only one cluster, I am sure that others can find another quality grouping in Manhattan especially around 6th Ave. Also, you may want to check out the website Midtown Lunch, which probably does the most thorough job covering the street food scene in the city.

      One truck to seek out if you can find it is the Jamaica Dutchy. They have been roaming around the city since the Food Truck diaspora. They were at 21st and Broadway for a little while, but last time I checked I could not find them there. Check Twitter or their website and for their number to track them down. Great Jerk Chicken and Braised Oxtails with brown gravy. I hear that the Jamaica Rundown is good to whenever they make it.

      Good Luck!

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      Jamaican Dutchy
      W 51st St and 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      Kwik Meal
      45th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Biryani Cart
      W 46th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      Trini Paki Boys
      43rd St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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        kathryn RE: Dnm121364 Jan 25, 2012 02:53 PM

        > The Trucks have scattered about the city since the Midtown Police crackdown in the summer.

        This.

        Existing food carts & restaurants are VERY territorial. Finding a parking spot is a pain to begin with, and once a new food truck is decides to start parking somewhere, a neighboring cart or restaurant may call the police on them.

        Since street parking is scarce to begin with, you wind up with a scattering of roaming trucks who park wherever they can, for as long as they can, until someone complains.

        You're not going to see empty parking lots with 4-5 trucks in Manhattan like you do in other cities. There's not enough space on the street and incumbent vendors are usually not pleased with the newcomer food trucks infringing on their territory, even if they don't sell the same types of food.

        Additionally, the types of food the OP is looking for are not popular with the old school NYC food carts (hot dog, pretzel, kebabs, nuts, etc), nor the "new wave" of trucks, who are doing things more like Korean-Mexican fusion tacos, lobster rolls, fancy desserts, etc. The "new wave" trucks are also often focused on servicing office workers looking for lunch, Monday through Friday.

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          Anthony A RE: kathryn Jan 25, 2012 03:48 PM

          Well said.

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          uncledunkel RE: Dnm121364 Jan 25, 2012 05:13 PM

          All the above is true and good advice, however I have a soft spot for street meat, so here's a bunch in Midtown West. You can get a great variety from these, but no wings/pizza (although there a bunch of places you can get a slice for $1). I'll order from NW to SE:

          1. Carnegie Johns street cart NE corner of 56th and 7th. Good burger for
          a cart. High quality chicken for their chicken n rice. Good white sauce,
          lacks in hot sauce
          2. http://www.schnitzelandthings.com/menu.html mondays on 52nd btwn 6
          and 7 I believe
          3. Jamcian Dutchy street cart 51st n 7th, NE corner.
          4. best standard halal street meat SW corner of 53rd n 7th
          5. Daisy Mays cart 50th btwn 6 n 7th
          6. http://www.wafelsanddinges.com/location.html
          7. http://www.nyccravings.com/ order "porken" to get pork and chicken
          for the same price or $1 more
          8. korean cart 49th btwn 7th and 6th, bulgogi is all I've had. Pretty
          good
          9. Chicken Biriyani cart, 46th n 6th SW corner. Gets real crowded
          sometimes. Chicken tikka and kati rolls are awesome
          10. margon, cuban, not a cart, but a hole in the wall. Tasty, cheap cuban sandwiches for
          $6. 46th btwn 7th and 6th. southside
          11. Kim's aunt "food is love" cart, 46th and 6th SE corner. Cheap fried
          fish sandwiches
          12. Kwik meal cart. High quality chicken and/or lamb over rice. Only
          cart that uses real chunks of lamb leg. Great white and hot sauce. They
          also used to have apasta cart next to them run by same guy that is good
          13. El Rey Del Sabotr street cart, best mexican cart, 43rd and 6th

          That should keep you busy for a while. I'd also suggest taking a look at midtownlunch.com

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          Jamaican Dutchy
          W 51st St and 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Margon
          136 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

          Carnegie John's street cart
          W 56th St and 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

          Wafels & Dinges
          New York, New York, NY 10001

          Kwik Meal
          45th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Biryani Cart
          W 46th St and 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Kim's Aunt
          46th St and 5th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          1. GoodGravy RE: Dnm121364 Jan 25, 2012 05:39 PM

            Check midtown lunch's twitter list of the food trucks and carts. They change locations daily so if you map them out for a week, you'll be able to figure out what day is best for being closest to each other at lunch.

            1. bobjbkln RE: Dnm121364 Jan 25, 2012 08:37 PM

              I don't know if they are there in April, but there are a number of higher end trucks permitted by the old Tavern on the Green in Central Park. And if you are willing to wait until May and go to Brooklyn, the best truck scene is by the Red Hook Ballfields. There are at least a dozen trucks with various kinds of Latin food.

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