One of the great gastronomical treats that New York City is famous for is street food. And New York City’s street food has come a long way from the lone hot dog vendor on the street corner selling boiled franks. Today food trucks are all the rage, and with good reason, many of them are selling gourmet delectables. From appetizers to dessert, you name it and there’s a truck selling it. In this article, I’m going to discuss three of my favorite dessert trucks. The sweet treats that they sell can’t be beat!
Wafles & Dinges may have a strange name, but their waffles aren’t strange at all. Their Brussels waffles are great – crunchy on the outside while light and fluffy on the inside (similar to a Belgian waffle). However, I’m addicted to their lieges. The lieges are so good that you can eat them as breakfast, snack or dessert. They are smaller than Brussels waffles and have a crisp exterior with a chewy interior. Add some powdered sugar and a bit of maple syrup and you’re in business. All of the waffles have a hint of vanilla which comes through in each bite and can be eaten with toppings such as ice cream, bananas, strawberries or Nutella.
As with all of the trucks discussed in this article, the best way to find out their location is via their website. Although the trucks are mobile, they are generally parked in specific locations on particular days. You can track Wafles & Dinges at its website: http://www.wafelsanddinges.com/
Another of my favorite trucks is named, aptly enough – Street Sweets. In my opinion, Street Sweets has by far the best vanilla cupcake in the New York City vending truck world. The cupcakes are dense and sweet (but not overly so) and have a pure vanilla taste and scent. The brownies made by the Street Sweets truck are good as well, especially the day after you buy them when they get just a little chewier.
The Street Sweets truck also sells cookies, French macaroons, croissants, quiche and tarts. You can find out its daily locale via its website www.streetsweetsny.com. Another great thing about this truck is its customer loyalty card, for every 10 treats you buy, you get one free treat.
The last truck I’ll discuss in this article is the artisanal ice cream truck of Van Leeuwen. Of course, since vanilla is my favorite flavor, I tried their vanilla ice cream at a New York City street fair one day. The ice cream was rich, creamy and flavorful, along the lines of Hagan Daaz. Van Leeuwen’s ice cream comes in a wide variety of flavors such as chocolate, pistachio, coffee, ginger and hazelnut. There are no preservatives so the ice cream is really fresh. Their website is: http://www.vanleeuwenicecream.com/.
With desserts from any of these trucks you can’t go wrong. Happy Eating!