Food Trucks Try to Figure Out What’s Next
After the NYTimes article on Wednesday officially named Midtown off limits for food trucks, you’d think we’d have been left high and dry yesterday. But fortunately for us, there is a strong bond between these mobile food vendors and our hungry bellies, and they don’t want to go down without a fight (the food trucks or our bellies). The scene in Midtown was definitely quieter than usual yesterday, but a few trucks decided to give it another go. Crisp on Wheels, Gorilla Cheese, and Wafels & Dinges all seemed to make it through the lunch shift without too much trouble. Korilla BBQ took to the hinterlands and set up out of bounds on Ninth and 39th Street, and it sounds like the only problem they had was running out of meat. Hell’s Kitchen and Flatiron may get all the love in the coming weeks.
While those guys seemed to do ok, many other trucks decided to not even take a chance. Jamaican Dutchy moved down to the Flatiron District. We can only hope this will convince O’Neill to bring his cart back from the Financial District, but it’s not looking good. Comme Ci, Comme Ca was booted again from their spot on 38th and Broadway. Chef Samir told me last week that they have another spot in mind that doesn’t involve a metered spot. If they have truly discovered a spot in Midtown that is not metered, it’s a gold mine.
But perhaps the biggest loss in Midtown was that Taim announced via Twitter that they would not be at their usual Bryant Park spot due to direct threats from the police. This leads me to believe that certain trucks are being followed on Twitter and their schedules are being tracked. Who knew that the best way to track down our favorite food trucks could backfire on them?
This seems to be a day by day thing. So follow the Twitter Tracker and we’ll report back with more soon. Perhaps the trucks need to just lay low for a few weeks and then this will all blow over and the cops will find something else to occupy their time. I guess only time will tell.