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Top 5 Food Trucks Near NYU

By Maya Shwayder | August 17, 2012 5:36pm

The Village is home to some of the best restaurants in New York City, but you don't need to empty your wallet enjoy a good meal there. The food trucks that set up in the neighborhood around NYU also serve excellent food at a fraction of the price. DNAinfo.com New York has rounded up some of the best.

1. Tacos Hidalgo

Where: Washington Square South and LaGuardia Place, across from the Skirball Center

When: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Must try: Chicken tacos

Specialty menu items: Lengua (cow tongue)

Least expensive menu item: $2 for a tamale

Most expensive menu items: $8 for enchiladas, fajitas or nachos con carne

2. Wafels & Dinges


Where and when: East 14th Street and Third Avenue, Tuesdays from 6-10 p.m., Thursdays from 6 p.m. - midnight; Union Square, Broadway and East 13th Street, Wednesdays 6 - 10 p.m.; Astor Place, Thursdays 6 p.m. - 1 a.m., Fridays, 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.; and Broadway and Prince Street, Saturday, 8 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Hot chocolate and pastries are just a few of the items on the menu at Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream's truck.
Hot chocolate and pastries are just a few of the items on the menu at Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream's truck.
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Facebook/Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Must try: Anything with Nutella

Specialty menu items: Savory waffles, including the chili con corne waffle, or one one with bacon and syrup

Least expensive menu item: The mini wafelini (waffle) costs either $3 or $4, depending upon if you order plain or “choco-dipped.” Also, the first topping is free.

Most expensive menu items: $8.50 for the BBQ pulled pork waffle.

3. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck


Where: University Place and East 12th Street

When: Everyday, 5 p.m. - "late"

Must try: Currants and cream

Specialty menu items: Earl Grey tea-flavored ice cream. Smokey and delicious.

Least expensive menu items: Small ice cream, $4.90

Most expensive menu items: Pint of ice cream, $8.90

4. The Mud Truck


Where: Astor Place right in front of the 6 train entrance

When: Everyday, 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. during the week; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekends

Must try: The "Mud" coffee

Specialty menu items: The Red Eye: a shot of espresso in a regular coffee. $3 for a small, $4 for a large, priceless for an all-nighter

Most expensive menu items: Iced mint mochaccino, $6

Least expensive menu items: Small coffee, $1.50

5. Kimchi Taco Truck


Where: University Place and Waverly Place, and Astor Place

When: Beginning at the end of August: Monday-Friday 4 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. at University; and thereafter at Astor until 9 p.m.

Must try: The BBQ grilled short rib tacos, 3 for $7

A Belgian waffle from Wafels & Dinges.
A Belgian waffle from Wafels & Dinges.
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Specialty menu items: Every dish has kimchi in it. Check out their vegetarian options, including the falafel taco with edamame, or a more carnivore-friendly option, such as the kimchi cheesesteak

Least expensive menu items: All sides are $3, including rice cakes, nachos and straight-up kimchi

Most expensive menu items: The fresh kimchi bowl — like a burrito bowl with Korean flare — costs $8