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Gourmet Food Trucks Roll Into Downtown Brooklyn to Feed Lunchtime Crowds

By Janet Upadhye | July 29, 2014 4:40pm
 Food trucks serve grilled cheese, lobster rolls and Korean Tacos on Thursdays in Downtown Brooklyn.
Food trucks serve grilled cheese, lobster rolls and Korean Tacos on Thursdays in Downtown Brooklyn.
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Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The food truck revolution has hit Downtown Brooklyn, prompting hordes to stand in long lunchtime lines on Thursdays to taste treats like grilled cheese sandwiches, lobster rolls and Korean Tacos.

This summer Forest City Ratner and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership launched "Food Truck Thursdays," bringing gourmet eats on wheels to the downtown area for the first time.

Morris Grilled Cheese offers sandwiches that incorporate melted Gouda, Fontina and Gruyere with goodies like chicken garlic sausage, fennel butter and pickled onions while Red Hook Lobster Pound is serving up its famous fresh-picked Maine lobster rolls.

Kimchi wraps from Korilla BBQ and sweet and savory waffles from Wafels & Dinges are also offered in the Metrotech Commons and nearby locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as part of the Summer @ MetroTech series that includes art, film and performances.

This Thursday, July 31, the trucks will be at Future Plaza located on Gold Street behind 4 Metrotech Center.

"We have 20,000 employees working at Metrotech and they want some new lunch options," said Ashley Cotton, spokeswoman for Forest City Ratner.

"Construction workers, firefighters, office workers and everyone, really, are lining up to try this food."

Cotton said the response has been so positive that she is hoping to secure the permits necessary to make the food trucks permanent in Downtown Brooklyn.

"People asked for more dining options," she said. "And now they have it."