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Yesterday (June 26th) was the first Food Truck Drive-In held as part of the 4th Annual Food Film Festival.  The drive-in was under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO with over 30 food trucks in 2 different sections and another area for food vendors from the Brooklyn Flea.  It was a beautiful day to enjoy street food from some of the best vendors in the New York area.

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Upon entering, the first section had stands with vendors from the Brooklyn Flea and the seating area for film screenings.  I’ve had some of the Brooklyn Flea vendors’ food before, such as Asia Dog, but one I hadn’t tried yet was Choncho’s Tacos.  They set up a little tiki hut in one corner, and their menu was written on a blackboard on a surfboard.

Choncho's stand

I spoke with Forrest, who owns Choncho’s (as well as The Loading Dock) and he told me about a new item – taco negro.  It was a calamari taco with squid ink.  Sounded good, but I had to go with their best-known dish – a beer battered mahi-mahi taco with cilantro, red cabbage and crema.  I added some hot sauce, squeezed on some fresh lime juice and took a bite.  Delicious!  The fish was perfectly cooked and held up very well to the toppings.  This was one of my favorite dishes of the day.  Always love fish tacos.

Choncho's mahi-mahi open

After the fish taco, I walked through to check out the food truck areas.  First there was a closed off street with NYC Cravings, Schnitzel & Things, Eddie’s Pizza Truck, Street Sweets, the Green Pirate Truck, Dominican Soler and Bistro Truck.  These are some of my favorite food trucks – but today was for trying some new things.  I’ve written regularly about most of the above trucks, but one I haven’t tried was Dominican Soler.

Red Hook Pupusa revuelta

Dominican Soler was a Vendy Award finalist in 2008 and are best known for their pupusas.  Rafael Soler even made pupusas on the Martha Stewart show last year.  Pupusas are flatbreads stuffed with meat, cheese, beans, or a combination, such as the beef and cheese pupusa that I ordered.

There were 2 pupusas per order – and it was a good amount of food for $7.  The fixings on the side were fresh jalapenos, pickled onions, salsa and sour cream.  I dipped the pupusa into the toppings and took a bite.  It was very hot (temperature wise) with shredded beef and cheese in the middle.  It tasted very good, but was a bit heavy for such a hot day.  One pupusa would have been enough, especially with all the other new trucks to try.

After Dominican Soler, I went into the open lot where the rest of the food trucks were located.  This was also the main seating area, as well as for s of water and beer.  This section had most of the trucks I have not tried yet, such as the Cinnamon Snail, Krave Korean BBQ tacos, Louisiana Spice Truck, Le Petit Temptation and the Green Truck.

For Part II of our NYCFFF Drive-In review, click here.


  1. I had the taco negro and thought it was fantastic. I am a frequent visitor of the Red Hook Vendors and was surprised that the platter being served cost $7.00. In Red Hook the platter was $5 and recently raised to $6. However, I think the best papusas are off the El Olomega truck in Red Hook.

  2. We were able to scrounge up some extra last-minute tickets to the Food Truck Drive-In, and Jonathan was one of three winners of 2 tickets each from New York Street Food. Glad you enjoyed it Jonathan. Taco negros are now on our list of foods to try.

  3. i was there and thoroughy enjoyed the entire experience. and since so many folks were watching the world cup under the bridge it was not too crowded. only too hot.

    all of the food trucks were clean and the ingredients fresh. cold drink vendors provided plenty of ice.

    in the open lot there was a truck that had only a few items, one was dumplings and another the BEST MEATLOAF SANDWICH I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE.
    does anybody know the name of that truck? (now that i think of it, i’m not sure they had a truck) i think they were from jersey or brooklyn.
    i crave more of that meatloaf.


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