At this stage it is absolutely impossible to imagine New York City without its food trucks selling delicious food cheaply. They have become part of the whole NYC experience.
Food trucks are quite distinct from kerbside food stalls or hot dog stands which are treated differently by the City Admin. Food Trucks sometimes have a particular place they usually stop but often they roam around and you have to login to their website to locate them.
There has been a big increase in the range of food and cuisine offered from these food trucks but not an actual increase in the number of trucks themselves.
New York city is not set up for lots of stationary vehicular traffic so there’s only 110 food trucks in the whole of the city, small compared to say Los Angeles that has 269.
But New York is the multi-cultural capital in the world so the food trucks here win easily in the sheer diversity of food offered.
As the video interview shows, Adam Sobel is fairly typical of the independent, creative food truck vendors that roam New York Streets. Very often these guys and gals are pioneering, out there and a lot of fun, usually very proud of their food, either because of their cultural heritage or because the whole deal is a very personal journey for them.
Quite a lot of the original group of food truck entrepreneurs from a few years back, such as The Great Big Gay Ice Cream guys, have made the shift to permanent stores after building up a loyal following on the streets.
It’s not easy being a food truck vendor, there’s the ever present problem of getting a park and how long you can stay and then there are permits, licenses, fees and weather conditions and other unforseen things which can disrupt the regular flow of business.
There’s now a Food Truck Assocaition which works with the City Admin to streamline licensing and other aspects of food truck bureacracy.
Anyone visiting New York should make a point of trying out its food trucks. You will love the food and you will probably love the people serving it too because they’re all characters, passionate about their food and what theya re doing.