Though our brethren in L.A. might have been the ones who started whole food truck craze a few years back, NYC has picked up the ball and is running with it. In fact, NYC has become a pretty respectable food truck town with, by some estimates, more than 3,000 trucks cooking 'round our fair city on any given day. In just the last three years, this army of food trucks has risen, seemingly out of nowhere - so the question for a lot of visitors and locals is, where to start? Which ones are the best? And where can I get a bubbling grilled cheese sandwich curbside at 3 AM?
Fortunately, Thompson Hotels in NYC has the answers to these and many other burning food truck questions with the help of a new kind of staffer. Last week, they introduced perhaps the city's very first Food Truck Concierge. Equal parts necessity and clever hotel promotion, the Food Truck Concierge offers guidance and recommendations to the truck that best suits a guests craving(s), plus directions to where the truck is a at a given moment (they are after all, moving targets). Coinciding with the launch of the new hire, the hotel is also offering guests a Foodie Package which includes a special room rate, champagne on arrival and discounts at local restaurants that aren't on 4-wheels.
For planners, the Food Truck Concierge offers their guests the inside scoop on the city's booming food truck business and the option to send meeting guests off on a culinary adventure of their choice. But if you're interested in planning more of a group al fresco dining experience, then the food truck phenomenon can be experienced another way - via Sidewalks of New York's Food Truck Tours, which offer individuals and groups three different walking tours of NYC's best street food. Better yet, the tours cost about ($48) per person and include tastings at five mobile eateries.