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NYC Food Trucks to the Rescue

NYC Food Trucks to the Rescue

Over the last five years or so food trucks have become exceptionally hip and popular. Years ago I stumbled upon the then-burgeoning food truck scene in Portland, Oregon and was duly charmed by the myriad of cultural and sub cultural oddities on display from Polish pierogies to grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Within a few years food trucks from the straightforward to the utterly whimsical began filling the streets of nearly every urban center, along with a few suburban and rural destinations. Consumers were enthusiastic, hipsters were ecstatic, and brick and mortar restaurateurs were a bit jealous, understandably.

But as the events of the few days have transpired and left much of the New York metro area (along with New Jersey) without power and relief, the existence of operational food trucks are not such a hip novelty anymore…they are a necessity. In the area below midtown Manhattan, food trucks are supplying hot meals, drinks, and (in some cases) free mobile phone charging stations to the desperate huddling masses who may be unable to find food and power elsewhere.

The restaurants (those that are operational) in Manhattan (as well as parts of Brooklyn and New Jersey) are overrun with hungry diners right now and they simply cannot feed a city unable to feed itself. Food trucks, while not capable of feeding the millions of beleaguered New Yorkers, are doing a hell of a job filling in the gaps with waffles and cheese steaks. They are like the first responders for those in need of comfort food.

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Eric Steinman

Eric Steinman is a freelance writer based in Rhinebeck, NY. He regularly writes about food, music, art, architecture, and culture and is a regular contributor to Bon Appétit among other publications.


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6:31AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish they were allowed in Montreal... Here you can't even buy a hot-dog on the street... How Sad is that!

10:19AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Thank you...

11:16PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Good to know there are food trucks to help out the many hungry people.

7:01PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

sometimes the flexibility of small business works best for all

12:17PM PST on Nov 5, 2012

blessings to all the food vendors who are helping get food to the people.

11:51AM PST on Nov 5, 2012

Really happy about this - would really help the survivors of this disaster.

2:33PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Margret P, you're the one who is not understanding. I am asking the LOCAL republicans to show us what they can and are willing to do if they want to change policy from a central government position of getting out funds on the scale that FEMA does in this kind of large scale disaster.In my opinion there is room for both large and small scale efforts, yet Romney wants to get rid of FEMA, and that is a long time wish from the rightwing side. I have no patience for your kind of lost in a time thinking. Situations are not cut and dried needing to be done one way or the other.If you're not able to understand that, then I doubt that you'll ever understand anything I say.

11:49AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

The people were probably happy when the trucks came no matter what kind of food they had on them. In times like this I doubt they count calories or care what is in products, they are just hungry. I hope they are charging smaller charges than usual too.

11:47AM PST on Nov 4, 2012


10:24AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Awesome, thanks for the uplifting article.

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