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Best food carts and trucks for kids and families in NYC

A new fleet of food trucks makes dining alfresco extra tasty.

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    Bian Dang

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    Bian Dang

  • Feed Your Hole truck

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

  • Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Sweetery

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Sweetery

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    Taim Mobile

  • Photograph: Ilenia Martini

    Taim Mobile

Photograph: Ilenia Martini

Bian Dang

Bian Dang
Avoid the crowds at Bian Dang in Food Gallery 32—Koreatown's busy food court—by getting Taiwanese edibles on the go. The outfit's truck serves giant pork chops over rice ($8), but little hands go for the veggie zongi ($4), a Chinese bamboo--leaf tamale stuffed with sticky rice, green beans, peanuts and radish. On Tuesdays, the mobile lunch box stops by Madison Square Park, so you get to tease the hungry souls on line at Shake Shack. biandangnyc.com

Feed Your Hole
Bronx-born Sean Sullivan serves his grass-fed burgers ($7) in brioche buns from Arthur Avenue's Terranova Bakery. Grab some napkins and let the kids dig into a juicy patty topped with bacon and organic peanut butter ($8). The wagon is often on 30th Street near Park Avenue, making it a tasty, tourist-free lunch spot after that rite-of-passage trip to the top of the Empire State Building. feedyourhole.com

Frying Dutchmen
Kids can't live on french fries alone, but they might certainly try at the city's first spud truck. Top Chef's charismatic Dave Martin fries up skin-on potatoes in both classic Belgian pommes frites and sweet potato versions. The best part: dunking the crisp beauties into sauces like sweet caramelized pineapple. fryingdutchmen.com

Kimichi Taco
Kimchi acquires a Mexican bent at Kimchi Taco, where executive chef Youngsun Lee offers a $7 trio of toasted corn tortillas filled with either barbeque beef, seared pork or pulled chicken. For picky eaters, pair nachos with a kimchi-studded mess of BBQ beef, spicy pork, queso blanco, pico de gallo and green onions ($4). On Wednesdays the truck parks near Rockefeller Center, so your family can have lunch, then stroll to FAO Schwarz. kimchitacotruck.com

Sweetery NYC
Grant Di Mille and Samira Mahboubian, of the biodiesel-fueled Sweetery NYC, churn out desserts made with organic milk and raw sugar. Their sweet ride spends many Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at Hudson and King Streets—kids will be so into the Elvis-worthy peanut butter cookies sandwiched with banana ice cream ($5), they won't notice that Jacques Torres is down the street. sweeterynyc.com

Taim Mobile
Falafel is the star of Taim Mobile, the Tel Aviv street food--inspired truck of the West Village mainstay. On Thursday afternoons it rolls into Bryant Park. After a spin on Le Carrousel, your kids can devour sandwiches brimming with hummus, Israeli salad, pickled cabbage and tahini ($5.75), then sip on a strawberry-raspberry--Thai basil smoothie ($5.50). taimmobile.com

Locations change; check online before heading out.

Three brand-new wagons roll out the comfort-food classic.

GORILLA CHEESE
The ape mascot is sure to be a hit with the brood, but so is the menu. Besides the classic incarnation you'll find tricked-out versions, including a mac-and-cheese melt ($6.75). Add comforting tomato soup and tater tots and you've got kid nirvana. gorillacheesenyc.com

MILK TRUCK
Their vehicle won't be mobile until the end of June, but the Brooklyn Flea--based Milk Truck will continue to spread its grilled-cheese gospel with the Milk Truck Classic: aged Wisconsin Gruyre and cultured butter on Pullman bread. They'll even cut it into snack-sized slices for little ones. milktruckgrilledcheese.com

MORRIS GRILLED CHEESE
An alum of upscale Per Se, Michael Jacober takes his new venture, Morris Grilled Cheese, to the streets. Kids will be wowed by the truck—once an NYPD paddy wagon—while adults will relish the top-quality ingredients (Balthazar bread, Saxelby cheese) and homemade dipping sauces.

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