editors note: aside from the GFTR, there were a lot of great food things going on in NYC this last weekend and some will continue. Check out the following links: Bust Craftacular & Food Fair, Smorgasburg
This is Zeus. He is a Newfoundland. He is hungry and sick of these ridiculous lines.
My girlfriend becomes quite cranky when she has to wait for food. It’s a common problem. I remember going to Clinton Street Bakery when it was still a new restaurant and the look I got from Emily after we heard the wait would be at least an hour and a half. Immediately after seeing that look I turned to my friends and said, “we are going to find something else”. We found something fast, walked in, sat down immediately and on our walk out saw our friends still waiting for a table. They looked gaunt; we looked stuffed and happy. I have to give props to her for sticking through this with me. She was quite a trooper.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the food trucks. But whenever they get together in one place, they create unparalleled chaos. Last time I photographed something of this magnitude, I was in a lot better place. The event organizers worked with the press to ensure we got what we needed. For the paying customers it was a nightmare. I emailed the coordinators of Prospect Parks “Great Food Truck Rally” to see about press credentials. When the email back stated, “This was a modest event…there is no production”, I kind of knew what was gonna happen.
I walked around and photographed what I could. Some of the vendors were not very cooperative, so they won’t be featured in this post (the beauty of owning my own publication, i guess). The ones that were, well we got some great shots. After photographing a few things, I stood in line to get some food with the gf. The wait was 1 hr 30 minutes – and that was just to order. By that time they had run out of almost everything anyways. 30 minutes later we had our food at which point they had started cutting more things. Em was looking forward to a certain item on the menu. They were out of it by the time we got to the window. I got that look again.
Other lines were just as bad. Red Hook Lobster Pound closed their windows at about 3:30 – out of Lobster The Treats Truck was hip to the drill, they kept their lines short and always had food. Rickshaw Dumplings had to bring in reinforcements – a backup truck filled with more product. An uninvited food truck tried to sneak in but they got kicked out. There were a couple no shows that was quite disappointing – The Frying Dutchman (french fries) and Milk Truck (Grilled Cheese). WTH? Still, the food was amazing. Worth the wait? The jury is still out on that. I do know that my girlfriend would probably never attend another food truck event like that again.
oh, i bet you’re waiting for photos.
The Great Food Truck Rally at Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Maine Style Lobster from The Red Hook Lobster Pound
The Souvlaki GR Lady keeps the mob calm, taking orders as quickly as they can.
Souvlaki sticks on the grill from Souvlaki GR- 5 of those are mine!
Souvlaki Sticks from Souvlaki GR
Souvlaki Pita from Souvlaki GR
French Fries from Souvlaki GR
Customer prays to Saint Kiernan – the patron saint of hunger – that her order will be out soon
Joyride Coffee sells espresso and caffeinated frozen yogurt.
This Beauty is called The Kubota – Three double shots of espresso infused with vanilla bean and marked with organic milk. In honor of Joyride’s generator. Yup, that is six shots of espresso, folks
Eddie’s Pizza Truck in Grand Army Plaza
Who knows how long this woman waited for that Eddie’s Pizza, but it doesn’t matter. She is pretty happy.
“Well, what DO you have left?”
Coolhaus lets you make your own ice cream sandwich. You choose your cookie flavor and then your ice cream flavor. Then you enjoy. I chose Red Velvet Cookie with Sour Cherry Ice Cream – it was a good choice.
Kelvin Natural Slush Co. has their slush recipe down to a science. don’t fear running out of liquid and ending up with flavorless ice. They have perfected the slushie – eat your heart out, Slush Puppy!
Kelvin Natural Slush Co. lets you choose your own slush flavor and your own mix-ins
Left: Ginger Ice with Mango & Mint Mix-in
Right: Citrus Ice with white peach and Mango Mix-in
The Infamous Treats Truck
Rice Crispy Treat with lots of good ‘ole junk it in from The Treats Truck