King of Falafel
It’s only appropriate that our list should begin with the king. The Vendy Award-winning King of Falafel is food royalty around here thanks to its falafel, beef-and-lamb shawarma, and kebabs. The food truck positioned at 31st Street and Broadway is joined by a 38-seat brick-and-mortar restaurant serving exclusive plates including a zaatar-seasoned falafel burger.
The Breakfast Shack
Two generations of Queens-born New Yorkers are behind The Breakfast Shack, a truck making mornings the best part of the Astoria local’s day. From its position outside of Athens Square Park, the shack serves up pancakes and brioche french toast with fruit and breakfast sandwiches featuring humanely-raised meats and all-natural cheeses. Using local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, The Breakfast Shack, whose slogan reads “We believe in breakfast,” will make a believer out of you.
You’ll smell Franky’s Souvlaki before you see it. Follow the smoke emitting from this Steinway and 31st Avenue-parked cart to the best chicken, beef, pork, and shrimp souvlaki in all of Astoria. Priced at around $3 each, the souvlaki, which comes garnished with a piece of fresh Italian bread, is also one of the neighborhood’s most delicious deals.
With Mamu Thai’s first brick-and-mortar location, a beloved food truck comes to a stop (sort of) in Astoria. While the truck roams as far as Brooklyn and Manhattan, Astoria eaters can enjoy its tamarind-heavy pad Thai, duck noodle soup, and drunken noodles anytime.
El Rey Del Taco Truck
A popular late-night pick, El Rey Del Taco Truck regularly boasts a line past its 2 a.m closing time. Its secret? Mexican staples, including tacos featuring handmade corn tortillas, tortas, and tostadas., made right. Tip: don’t skimp on the truck’s fan-favorite (and flame-fueling) hot sauce.
Serving Astoria and beyond, Mysttik Masaala brings traditional Indian cooking from the home to New York City’s streets. Fresh, small-batch dishes make up the truck’s daily-changing menu, which on any given day may feature chicken samosas, chana saag, chickpea masala, and more.