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Prospect Park Taps 3 New Food Vendors for Year-Round Snacking

By Caroline Spivack | September 15, 2017 2:44pm | Updated on September 17, 2017 3:48pm
 Carpe Donut NYC is one of three new food vendors rolling up to Prospect Park this autumn.
Carpe Donut NYC is one of three new food vendors rolling up to Prospect Park this autumn.
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PROSPECT PARK — Hungry park-goers will be able to sink their teeth into sweet and savory cuisine from three new food vendors opening at Prospect Park this fall.

King David Tacos, Anton's Dumplings and Carpe Donut NYC were awarded year-round contracts to serve parkgoers for three years.

"One of the top requests from park patrons is more food options in the park," Prospect Park Alliance President Sue Donoghue told DNAinfo New York.

King David Tacos will begin slinging Austin-style breakfast tacos at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights on Sept. 19, where it will be stationed year round, seven days a week. On weekdays it will be open from 7 to 11 a.m. and 7 a.m. to noon on weekends. 

This women-owned mobile cart got its start last June and will offer their three signature tacos made fresh each morning: The BPEC (bacon, potato, egg and cheese); the Queen Bean (refried beans, potato, egg and cheese) and the Or'izo (Mexican chorizo, potato, egg and cheese). Seasonal sides and gluten-free options will also be available.

The other two concessions will roll out in the coming weeks once city inspectors give the carts the green light, Prospect Park Alliance spokeswoman Lucy Gardner said.

Russian-American owned Anton's Dumplings will park in Park Slope on 9th Street and Prospect Park West serving up three kinds of dumplings — potato, chicken, and Siberian, also known as pelmeni — with toppings including soy sauce, sriracha and smoked gouda fondue.

Once they've set up shop they will be open every Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Those with a sweet tooth can snag fresh, organic donuts from Carpe Donut NYC, named one of 2013's best donuts by New York Magazine.


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This season's big draw is their FroDo — a donut ice cream sandwich packed with vanilla Blue Marble ice cream. Carpe Donut NYC will operate near Windsor Terrace at the Vanderbilt St. Playground Interior Loop on weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alliance officials selected the trio of stands from 12 proposals after issuing a March request to help feed the park's 10 million annual visitors. 

Each eatery submitted proposals with locations in mind and were chosen for their creative chow and high-traffic locations, explained Gardner. This is the first wave of vendors with more food stands to come down the road. 

In addition to the fancy food carts, Mohammed Islam will add another hot dog cart at Lincoln Road and Ocean Avenue. The classic street spot will be Islam's second, with the first station in the Long Meadow Ball Fields.