A Tasty Lot

LIC’s Experimental Food Truck Lot is a Gourmet Oasis

By Danielle McClure

Grabbing a quick and tasty lunchtime bite just got a whole lot easier! Hungry Queens foodies no longer have to rely on random Midtown street corners or fight long lines at the Red Hook ball fields to satisfy yummy street eats cravings, thanks to the city’s first privately owned gourmet food truck lot, which is serving up rotating truckloads of deliciousness (pizza, ice cream, dumplings, cupcakes, barbecue!) all in one spot. Nestled in the shadow of the Citigroup buildings on an otherwise drab stretch of Crescent Street near Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, the 11,000-square-foot lot is Rockrose Development’s answer to the city’s recent enforcement of vendor parking laws that have forced many local food trucks fromtheir designated spots in Manhattan. The property owners have partnered up with New York City Food Truck Association’s 30 members, who offer a variety of mouthwatering treats from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, along with a few umbrellas and a couple of picnic tables set up for easy al fresco dining. The designated space can hold up to 16 different trucks and currently at least three park there daily. Plans to expand the lot to include weekend hours are in the works, but local lunch-goers should take note that there’s no better way to satiate those hunger pangs than with some of the best mobile bites from across the boroughs. LIC Food Lot is located at 43-29 Crescent St., LIC.

What You Should Know Before You Go
1. Check Social Media Sites. Updates announcing which vendors have parked are posted daily on Facebook (Facebook.com/LICfoodtruckLOT) and Twitter (@LICFoodtruckLOT).
2. Go Early! If foot traffic is slow, some trucks will close up shop
before the 3 p.m. cut-off.
3. Bring Cash. Most vendors aren’t set up to take credit cards

Desi Food Truck
You certainly can’t miss this colorful, cheerful yellow truck and you’ll never look at Indian takeout the same again! It’s a delicious one-stop shop for authentic dishes that are easy to
eat. The signature dishes, including curries, chicken tikki masala, lentils and rice and kati rolls (veggies or meat wrapped up in fresh Indianstyle griddled flatbread) are the real deal, and all are $6 or less.

Rickshaw Dumpling
The mobile outpost of this well-known Manhattan dumpling bar serves up a limited menu of pork, chicken and veggie dumplings with Asian-style sides.

Korilla BBQ
Korean barbecue from a truck? Yep! And it’s mouthwateringly good. You can choose a burrito or tacos with your choice of meat all for $7. Love beef? Try the “Ribeye of the Tiger” which includes tomato salsa, lettuce, special Korilla sauce, Monterey jack cheese and kimchi (a sour and spicy traditional Korean condiment made of fermented napa cabbage, radish, green onions or cucumber). There are also pork, chicken and tofu options to satisfy every craving. There’s also the “I’m Feeling Lucky” bowl that includes meat, a random assortment of sauces, kimchis and wild veggies for those with a more adventurous palate. We’ll take one of each, please! If the guys behind the window look familiar, you might have seen them on Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. (Korillabbq.com)

Frying Dutchman
Belgian-style and sweet potato fries with a variety of unique sauces and aioli, including walnut/cilantro pesto and caramelized pineapple with green peppercorns.

This Midtown restaurant has taken to the streets to share some incredible, gut-busting dishes that will knock your socks off with tasty Tex-Mex fare. It’s a killer combo that will have you begging for more. With menu items such as melt-in-your-mouth smoked short rib tacos to BBQ brisket sliders to burnt ends chili with brisket, ground beef, cilantro lime crema, and house pickled jalapenos, you won’t regret waiting in line if you have to!

Eddie’s Pizza
Authentic Korean-style kimchi tacos with serious gourmet flavor.

Kimchi Truck
Authentic Korean-style kimchi tacos with serious gourmet flavor.

Red Hook Lobster Pound
Succulent lobster rolls that will could even make your pals from Maine swoon.

And For Your Sweet Tooth…

Treats Truck
You can get your frosting fix and keep those chocolate cravings in check
with these outrageously fresh and tasty baked goods, which are often
a fun spin on classic faves like the oatmeal jammy cookie and pecan
butterscotch bar. You get loads of sugar for your buck, too. Portions are
typically generous and prices per item range from $1-$3. Plus, 10 percent of
the profits from the specials menu, which includes decadent treats like a
peanut butter and jelly cake sandwich or an ice cream cone cupcake, go to
various charities.

Andy’s Italian Ice
Italian ice is a summer staple but there’s no reason not to enjoy the dozens of flavors served up here year round, including seasonal varieties like apple pie a la mode and pumpkin pie. Yum!

Cool Haus Ice Cream
These delicious hand-made ice cream sandwiches take frozen treats to a whole new level and are like nothing like you’ve ever seen (or tasted) before. Crazy gourmet flavors such as pistachio truffle, mango saffron and balsamic fig and mascarpone is scooped between fresh ginger snap, snicker doodle or chocolate chip cookies.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
Artisanal coffee and ice cream made locally.

Cupcake Stop

Over-the-top cupcakes with gobs of fluffy frosting in a variety of far-out flavors (French toast with bacon!) that will make you drool.

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