Photo Credit: Amor Food Truck, CT
They are geared up and ready to roll – and after spending the harsh winter cooped up inside, so are we. We’re talkin’ food trucks. We’ve “mobilized” the top vegetarian, vegan, kosher and kosher friendly trucks. You’ll have a great ride hopping from falafel and kosher schnitzel to cold-pressed smoothies and everything in between with this round-up as your guide.
Don’t see your favorite truck here? Scroll down to the comments section and let us know.
Photo: Taim Mobile, NYC
Taïm (slang for “super yummy” in Hebrew) has gotten loads of recognition for their tasty falafel sandwich – and rightfully so. They also have plenty of other vegan and gluten-free, vegetarian options like hummus sandwiches, quinoa salads and pear-mint-lemon smoothies.
- Feast your eyes: Check out their menu
- Cuisine: Gourmet Middle-Eastern, strictly vegetarian
- What to try: Falafel Sandwich
- Where to find: Varies week to week, but usually at 20th & 5th or Water & Broad near Wall Street; follow them on Twitter (@TaimMobile) to see where they’ve stopped!
Photo: Liz Rueven, The Green Radish, NYC
Liz already dished out all the enticing reasons to check out their healthy vegan organic eats last summer, but we plan on heading back to try more of some of their less “messy” options that are perfect for a spring lunch, including the “Asian BBQ Tofu Delight” made with chili marinated tofu, cabbage slaw and lemongrass mayo on a ciabatta roll.
- Feast your eyes: Full menu here
- Cuisine: Fresh soups, salads, sandwiches & more – all vegan & organic
- What to try: any of the veggie burgers
- Where to find: Follow them on Facebook or Twitter (@thegreenradish1) to check out where they are stopped!
This farm-to-truck healthy eatery boasts a unique 100-mile menu (meaning all of its ingredients are sourced within 100 miles of NYC, mostly from their very own organic Katchkie Farm). Although options vary depending on produce availability, it is always filled with seasonal vegetarian options like farm-fresh salads with gazpacho vinaigrette and much more.
- Feast your eyes: More about the farm and food here
- Cuisine: Organic, farm-fresh eclectic with veg options
- What to try: Build your own salad with their extensive veggie options
- Where to find: Four Freedoms Park starting April 4th (open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm); Starting Memorial Day Weekend it will be open from 11am-4pm through the summer. Follow them on Twitter for updates (@KatchkieTruck)
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
Photo: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, NYC and Brooklyn
If you’re in the mood for sweet eats on the street, stop by one of Van Leeuwen’s Artisan Ice Cream Trucks in Williamsburg or SoHo. They serve an array of classic and vegan ice cream flavors, all made from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn using ingredients from the finest small producers in the world.
- Feast your eyes: Mouthwatering flavors here
- Cuisine: Artisan ice cream with vegan options
- What to try: Vegan salted caramel, made with house-made cashew milk, cocoa butter, organic coconut milk, organic coconut oil and organic carob bean; but check out their seasonal varieties as well!
- Where to find: Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Bedford Ave at N8th) daily from noon-late; SoHo on Prince & Green daily from noon to late
Jack Rahmey’s Pocketful food truck is full of certified kosher Middle-Eastern items inspired by his own bubbe’s favorite recipes. He has taken them to a whole new level by putting a modern, global-fusion twist on traditional falafel and hummus. Take their suggestion and try them with guacamole and jalapeño or goat cheese and red peppers.
- Feast your eyes: Full menu here
- Cuisine: Middle-Eastern with a global twist, all vegetarian
- What to try: The Fresh Cabo – a hummus bowl with guac, corn salad, salsa & jalapeño
- Where to find: 50th between 6th&7th, Monday-Friday until 3pm (follow them on twitter to stay tuned @ThePocketful)
Ari White aka Wandering Que
Doesn’t this warm weather make you crave some BBQ? Take a stroll during some of the city’s many street fairs and Pop-Ups and stop by the Wandering Que for some authentic Texas smokehouse BBQ. Lucky for the kosher carnivores, Ari White moves around a lot! Check out slow-cooked brisket, pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches and various Texas-style cholents.
- Feast your eyes: Full menu here (although items available may vary on the truck)
- Cuisine: Texas BBQ, certified kosher
- What to try: One of their various cholents
- Where to find: Check out their 2015 schedule here
photo: The Squeeze
The uber-popular Squeeze food truck has an array of “RAWnchy” cold-pressed juices, milks & shakes, live veggie-loaded soups and salads and gluten-free desserts that are sure to give you the refreshing kick you need this spring. You can grab their vegan, kosher certified eats and drinks all day and week long on Union Square West & 17th street starting early May.
- Feast your eyes: Loads of tantalizing options here
- Cuisine: Eclectic Vegan (large portion is raw), certified kosher
- What to try: Their juices are the best-sellers Any of their salads
- Where to find: Starting early May, you can find them from Union Square West & 17 St. Follow them on Twitter for the latest updates (@TheSqueezeNY) from 8am-8pm
Get some authentic Israeli eats from Shuka – NYC’s first and only food truck that serves fresh, vegetarian, certified kosher Shakshuka (poached eggs in tomato sauce with some of our favorite Middle-Eastern spices such as cumin and harissa) in a variety of flavors with modern twists.
- Feast your eyes: Learn more on their website
- Cuisine: Israeli/Middle-Eastern, kosher, organic, vegetarian
- What to try: HUMshuka – traditional red Shaksuka atop fresh hummus
- Where to find: The truck moves daily, so stay connected to track ‘em down on social media (@ShukaNYC) and their brand new “Shuka” app
Shuka Truck, NYC
Moshe’s Falafel Stand
Moshe’s Falafel is still going strong after a decade of serving tasty kosher golden falafel. The lines at the cart are worth the wait; the now famous crunchy falafel with tahini and daily soup offerings make the perfect quick and healthy lunch on the go.
- Cuisine: Middle-Eastern, certified kosher
- What to try: Falafel
- Where to find: 46th Street & 6th Ave; Be sure to follow them on Twitter to see where they’ve stopped (@MoshesFalafel)
Who doesn’t love some toasty, golden-crumbed Israeli schnitzel once in a while? For your kosher chicken cutlet fix, head over to Schnitzi Food Truck, where they have fresh schnitzels, sandwiches, salads and much more, all served with your choice of their legendary sauces (the garlic-mayonnaise and chimichurri flavors are super popular).
- Feast your eyes: Read the full menu and order online here
- Cuisine: Israeli Schnitzel, certified Glatt kosher
- What to try: Greek garlic schnitzel
- Where to find: Track ‘em here or on Twitter (@Schnitzi1)
VEGETARIAN & VEGAN
Amor Food Truck, CT
AMOR Food Truck
Get simply delicious, vegan fare made with locally sourced, organic ingredients from the family owned AMOR food truck this season. Though not certified kosher, they stay away from any meat, poultry, fish, gelatin rennet or eggs in their truck; but they do have one special ingredient that sets them apart – “amor”. That’s right, as if the mouthwatering, mindfully constructed menu items were not enough, the owners cook with a true love for food and are committed to “transforming the way [we] experience vegan & vegetarian cuisine,” according to Co-owner and Chef Gabriella da Silva-Taylor.
- Full menu: Click here for all their tasty offerings
- Cuisine: Eclectic Vegan – everything under the sun!
- What to try: Un-Beetable Burger & the Coconut Chia Pudding
- Where to find: Various CT farmers’ markets & festivals; find their exact location by following them on Twitter(@AmorFoodTruck) & their website
GMonkey photo: Jeff Skerik (AKA Rawtographer)
GMonkey Mobile is totally green in every sense of the word. Their truck runs on bio-diesel and they serve fresh, vegan, organic “eco-street food” made with ingredients sourced from their CT farm on recycled biodegradable plates. While their menu changes weekly depending on what is growing, some of their most popular, consistent items include “Feisty Monkey Peanut Soba Noodles”, “Downward Dog Black Bean Burritos”, gluten-free quinoa salad with a curried walnut pate and all of their organic smoothies and juices.
- Full menu: Click here for a taste of their menu items
- Cuisine: Farm-fresh, vegan
- What to try: Feisty Monkey Peanut Soba Noodles w/ Organic Greens
- Where to find: Find the G-Spot by following them on social media or their website (Hartford & New Haven, CT areas)
Photo: Liz Rueven, Skinny Pines
You’ve already gotten the skinny on this mobile wood-fired brick oven truck but we just had to remind you to check them out again this season. Their pizzas are topped with the freshest, locally sourced veggies and vary depending on availability. This year they are making their debut at the Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow Farmers’ Market in addition to their regular appearances at the Westport and New Canaan Farmers’ Markets this summer. You can have Skinny Pines roll right up to your home and serve up a full party menu, too. Speak with Jeff.
- Full menu: Menu depends on produce availability – learn more here
- Cuisine: Farm-fresh, wood-fired Pizza with lots of veg options available
- What to try: Whatever they recommend for vegetarians that day!
- Where to find: Tarrytown & SleepyHollow, New Canaan and Westport Farmers’ Markets
Sugar Cupcake & Bakery Truck
Cupcake Truck; Photo: C. Ferrie Photography
Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of 18 flavors of cupcakes available from the multi award-winning Sugar Cupcake Truck. Available for either private events or regularly at the Clinton Outlets and throughout Hamden and Madison this season, their cupcake flavors include vegan vanilla, red velvet canoli and gluten-free friendly cannoli.
- Full menu: Check out their interesting flavors here
- Cuisine: Sweet cupcakes that come in tons of flavors
- What to try: Vegan Vanilla Cupcake
- Where to find: Their weekly schedule is updated on their website or follow them on Twitter (@TheSugarBakery)
The Granola Bar, Photo: Liz Rueven
GranolaBar’s Truck is geared up and ready to cater your perfect spring and summer soirée this year – from backyard birthday parties and end-of-school graduations to morning-after Bat Mitzvah brunches. They’ve just launched their brand new organic, seasonal menu and full of eats for people kosher like me, including Brussels and kale salad and salmon burgers!
- Full menu: Click here – note you can customize your catered party’s menu any way you like
- Cuisine: Eclectic with lots of veg options
- What to try: We’re eyeing their hearty salads made with homemade dressings
- Where to find: Give them a ring at (203) 906-2244 to book them today
Don’t stop here! We’ve only just begun to cover NYC and CT. So help us out and let us know where you love to eat on the streets. We’re talking to ALL of our readers from our own neighborhoods to the left coast and all hot spots in between. Leave your comments and suggestions below. Help us out with some local tips!
Please and thank you. Here’s a napkin for that shmutz on your chin!