By Jennifer Glickel
MIDTOWN — Fighting over parking spots is not an uncommon occurrence in Manhattan, but two well-known food trucks engaged in a battle that got them both kicked off the block — for good — on Tuesday.
New York City’s food trucks have an unspoken rule against parking in one another’s spots and Rickshaw Dumpling Truck apparently broke that cardinal rule against Frites ‘N’ Meats on Tuesday in Midtown.
Both trucks parked on 48th Street and Sixth Avenue, but Frites ‘N’ Meats owner Vadim Ponorovsky logically assumed Rickshaw would leave, as that block is the burger truck’s usual Tuesday lunch time location, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Ponorovsky went so far as to call the owner of Rickshaw, Kenny Lao, but the dumpling truck wouldn’t budge.
Someone then called the police, the Journal reported, and both trucks were kicked off the block.
“Getting kicked out of spot due to Rickshaw Dumpling Truck deciding to park also. Not sure if well be back here. Boycott Rickshaw Dumpling!” Frites ‘N’ Meats tweeted about the incident.
And then, it was on.
“Its not a war. But if it were, asking whod win, is like asking whod win in a Mike Tyson (us) vs. snot nosed 3rd grader (Rickshaw),” Frites ‘N’ Meats wrote on Twitter.
Rickshaw Dumpling kept quiet on its Twitter page, but Lao told Grub Street that Ponorovsky was the one who called the cops.
Both trucks were ejected from the spot permanently because they were illegally parked, the Journal reported. City code says that street vendors cannot sell goods from metered spots.