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Street eats: The best city food trucks for families

Artisanal street eats are popping up all over town, and we've tracked down the most family-friendly of the bunch for grabbing a bite on the go.


Street eats, "street meat," —whatever your family calls them, the summer wouldn't be the same without the city's seasonal array of mouth-watering, curbside snacks. Over the past few years, trucks have started congregating in regular spots throughout the five boroughs, sometimes as many as a dozen at a time and often near your family's favorite destinations (think Central Park and Prospect Park). Though they're not always predictable, sites like the World Financial Center's Food Truck Court even boast websites so you can check ahead to see which trucks will be present—and to make sure there's something for every member of your family to enjoy. Read on to find some of our favorite street eats for families. 

The Food Truck Court
Located in the heart of Battery Park City, the Food Truck Court sports a different lineup of five vendors every weekday. Selections run the culinary gamut, from Rickshaw Dumplings and Morris Grilled Cheese to Schnitzel & Things and Andy's Italian Ices. It's a perfect spot for a post-BPC playground snack. Mon--Fri 11am--3pm. Outside 4 World Financial Center at North End Ave and Vesey St (worldfinancialcenter.com/foodtrucks).

Hell's Kitchen Flea Market Food Truck Bazaar
Fuel up for a family shopping trip at this food court, an accompaniment to the renowned flea market held on the second Sunday of every month. Families can feast on burgers and fries from Frites 'n' Meats or chill out with ice cream from Coolhaus (the older crowd can sample specialty flavors like Beer & Pretzels or Balsamic Fig & Mascarpone, while kids eat up basics like Peanut Butter or Cherry Cheesecake). Through October, every second Sunday of the month 11am--5pm. W 39th St at Ninth Ave (hellskitchenfleamarket.com).

Food Truck Rally
While Prospect Park is never short of ice cream and soda vendors, families will find a much wider selection of culinary creations at Grand Army Plaza's giant Food Truck Rally, where as many as 15 food vendors congregate on the third Sunday of every month. Little ones can chow down on traditional foodie fare from Eddie's Pizza Truck or Gorilla Cheese NYC, while more adventurous eaters can opt for pikilia (a variety of grilled or fried mixed appetizers) from Souvlaki GR or bratwurst from Schnitzel & Things. Just be prepared to stand in line. June through October, every third Sunday of the month 11am--5pm. Grand Army Plaza, enter at Flatbush Ave and Prospect Park West (prospectpark.org/food-truck-rally).

West 4th Street
On any given day, this block adjacent to NYU plays host to a smattering of food trucks, all serving kid-friendly options. Offerings include yummy grinders and tacos from Big D's Grub Truck, ice cream sandwiches from Sweetery NYC and spicy noodles from Cambodian Cuisine Torsu. Health-conscious families can munch on organic hot dogs or veggie burgers from NYC Healthy Bites. (Note: This particular artisanal enclave changes on a day-to-day basis and has no website). W 4th St between La Guardia Pl and Mercer St.

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