The Long Island Airstream Experience Beer & Burger Truck. (Photo credit: courtesy Long Island Airstream Experience)
Food trucks were once mostly limited to hot dog stands in New York City. But these days, you can enjoy delicious meals on wheels all over Long Island. While some serve casual fare, others have gone more upscale. And even the comfort food brought creative touches to classics, like blue cheese pizza and delicious lobster sliders.
Food trucks have become a must-have in clutch situations, like when cheese and crackers just don’t cut it while you’re drinking in a vineyard or brewery. And many of them are available for hire for private events, raising the bar for backyard parties that have become a hallmark of Long Island summers.
From one truck that offers cigars and bourbon to one serving a taste of the Caribbean, here are some of our favorite Long Island food trucks.
This food truck service is kind of a chameleon and has several different options for a trendy Long Island affair. Themes are geared toward adults and include a Cuban cigar and bourbon experience, wine and cheese, boozy brunch, tacos and tequila, beer, and burgers. Depending on which option you choose, you’ll get local drinks like North Fork wines or Long Island craft beers, as well as delicious food like rich cheeses or artisan burgers.
When life calls for a burger, call Billie Jeans. The restaurant on wheels serves remarkable and juicy patties. There are the traditional classic and vegetarian burgers. Hungry people can also find more creative options like the Drunken Sailor (beer-soaked onions, jalapeños, and cheddar) and blue bayou (blue cheese, red onion, and mayo). Appetizers like beer-battered onion rings and fried pickles are made to be shared, but you probably won’t want to. This food truck can be found at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard on weekends and at Pat & Don’s Pumpkin Patch Farm stand on Sills Road in Yaphank Tuesday through Friday.
This pizzeria on wheels is based in Greenport and available for private events, brought to you by the same team behind 1943 Pizza Bar and Brix & Rye. It has become an East End favorite over the year for its wood-fired pizzas that cook in three minutes or less. Owner Matt Michel grows the organic tomatoes used to make the sauces, and the truck sources local ingredients where possible. The results? Pizza that tastes like pure heaven. Besides the traditional cheese and pepperoni pies, customers have a range of more creative options. Raise the bar on your ‘cheat day’ with a mashed potato and bacon pizza or celebrate the East End summer with a topping of fresh corn.
This truck, parked on the grounds of the famous local North Fork Table & Inn restaurant, offers an upscale picnic vibe under the direction of chef Steven Barrantes. Consider entrees like corn chowder, asparagus, and shiitake mushrooms. There are also two lobster rolls: the CT Lobby Roll served hot with melted butter and a ME Lobby Roll served cold with mayonnaise and sea salt fennel. Dessert is also on the menu and includes ice cream. vanilla and chocolate chip or lemon thyme cookies.
This Caribbean food truck is usually found on Straight Path in West Babylon, but it can come to you too – and will bring with it vibes from a different kind of island. Popular choices include chewy and flavorful jerk chicken, fried dumplings, “Rasta Rasta” with shrimp or chicken and coconut milk, and baked macaroni and cheese with optional jerk bacon (but highly recommended) .
This food truck is a welcome guest at weddings and backyard parties. Its menu includes multiple burgers with grass-fed beef patties topped with everything from Swiss cheese to a vegan yogurt sauce. There’s also a range of creative tacos and appetizers, including bacon-coated asparagus and stuffed eggs.
Pizza is part of its own food group on Long Island, and Vincent’s Pizza Trailer serves pies that live up to the region’s reputation. There are traditional pies like meatballs, pepperoni and cheese, but there are also creative wood-fired specialties. Suffolk is game day over a slice of pizza. It consists of creamy blue cheese, buffalo bites and mozzarella. Not to be outdone, the Nassau is topped with a gooey melted cheddar cheese and chunky chicken bites. Customers can also build their own. Vincent is usually stationed at the Old World Gym in East Setauket.
The popular Mattituck Restaurant brings the fiesta to local events like the Strawberry Festival, weddings, and backyard parties. The tacos are small but tasty, and the options include seafood, steak, and chicken. Starters include sweet plantains and crisps. You can find this popular food truck outside tasting rooms and wineries like Cory Creek Tap Room in Southold and farms like Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island.
This food truck is based in Nassau but is known to appear in North Fork wineries like Palmer and Clovis Point. And it doesn’t serve your typical food truck, comfort food. The truck brings a more upscale twist to mobile catering with lobster sliders, a shrimp cocktail, and a Greek yogurt parfait topped with dried cherries, granola and pistachios.
This bright yellow truck is a staple at Six Harbors Brewing Co. in Huntington and also tours local backyards. Park Ave’s giant pretzel pairs perfectly with a local beer, as do unassuming offerings like chicken and cheese quesadillas, steak kebabs, and wings.