BY: MAGGIE PARKER
Nothing’s worse than seeing a Broadway show on an empty stomach—but, fitting in a good meal before a show can be tricky, whether it’s because you’ve been out sightseeing all day and need a break before the show or because you aren’t a big fan of the early bird special. Plus, a good meal in Times Square doesn’t come cheap…
Unless you get it from a food truck. Yes, the hipster trend has worked its way to midtown Manhattan and it could be the answer to your pre-show dinner prayers. Not all food trucks are created equal, which is why we’ve rounded up our favorites for a speedy and affordable meal.
1. Halal Guys
West 53rd Street
Probably the most famous food truck in NYC, Halal Guys got their start on West 53rd and 6th Avenue. While they’ve expanded and even have brick and mortar restaurants now, they still have that original truck stop. Their claim to fame is “American Halal food” by way of delicious meat or falafel platter, topped with their famous red or white sauce. The lines at their original location get so long that they had to place another truck just one avenue away on 53rd and 7th Avenue. Close to: King Kong, Mean Girls, The Cher Show, Beetlejuice, The Prom, Hadestown.
2. Korilla BBQ
Maybe the second most famous food truck in NYC, Korilla BBQ offers colorful Korean cuisine with a BBQ/Mexican twist. In other words, this food truck is an accurate example of the melting pot NYC is known for. The food is so good, Korilla was featured on Sesame Street and The Food Network. Founded by NYC food truck pioneer Edward “3D” Song, Korilla prides itself on sourcing the freshest and best quality proteins, kimchi, and vegetables. They also offer seasonal specialties and the occasional secret menu. Plus, their colorful dishes are perfect for Instagram. This food truck actually moves but is often parked near Bryant Park on 40th and 6th Avenue; check Twitter for location updates. Close to: Derren Brown: Secret, Burn This.
3. Coney Shack
42nd – 43rd Street Broadway Plaza
The only area as authentic NYC as Broadway is Coney Island. But you don’t have to go to Coney Island to get a taste of it. The Coney Shack truck got its start in Coney Island but due to its growing popularity, you can now also find it in Times Square. They serve what Coney Island is known for—hot dogs—but with an international twist only an NYC food truck could pull off. Like their calamari dog, which is exactly what it sounds like and so much more. You should also try their Southeast Asian-inspired tacos and burritos. Close to: Pretty Woman, Tootsie, Phantom of the Opera, What the Constitution Means to Me, Frozen, To Kill a Mockingbird, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Waitress, Ink.
4. Steak Freak
52nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenue
Want a steak dinner without having to dress the part or pay the price? Head to Steak Freak, a food truck known for its juicy and flavorful steak platters, and crispy and cheap steak frites. Their dishes aren’t drowning in sauces or fat, or quickly cooked either. Basically, you can get a delicious steak dinner for under $10. Need we say more? Close to: Beetlejuice, King Kong, Mean Girls, The Cher Show, The Prom, Hadestown.
Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center
Yumpling is bringing Taiwan to Times Square. Open only during lunch hours making it perfect for a pre-matinee meal, Yumpling has a small menu that’s overflowing with flavor. Their pan-fried hand-folded pork dumplings are the perfect snack to tide you over until dinner. Or fill up on their slow-braised beef, fried chicken, or stir-fried basil eggplant rice bowls, all topped with famous Taiwanese spices. Yumpling is a roaming truck, but you can find them at either Bryant Park or Rockefeller Center Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. Close to: Derren Brown: Secret, Burn This, others depending on specific location that day.
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