Guest photographer James Wesolowski was on hand last weekend, while I was at the Brooklyn Lyceum Market, to brave the heat and the crowds and head up to the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market’s Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar. I love the newly brightly painted trucks selling their delicious foods all over town. I follow them on Twitter and Facebook just so that I can know where they are at all times; I never know when I might need a quick waffle or a dumpling, or maybe a Bea Arthur ice cream cone from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.
James said that the Gourmet Food Truck Bazaar was fantastic. The sheer variety of food on wheels was remarkable. The list included Calexico Carne Asada, Rickshaw Dumplings, Go Burger, and Cinnamon Snail, which serves organic vegan food. Stopping at the Treats Truck feels to me like coming into my mom’s kitchen for an after school brownie treat. The Krave Truck, a New Jersey fixture, served up Korean BBQ in Manhattan for the first time that weekend. And, of course, the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck was there serving up soft serve to the overheated market-goers.
The combination of fun food and excellent flea market vendors brought out a nice cross-section of people. James thinks this event is an excellent alternative to the big anonymous street fairs that block the city’s avenues all spring and summer long. The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is an outstanding market in and of itself, not to mention a neighborhood attraction, and the food trucks are unique small businesses with their own faithful following. Together, they made for a great day of shopping and noshing on the West Side. I’ll definitely be at the next one!
(All photos by James Wesolowski)