Here are five tips for making your food truck adventure in Brooklyn at the Grand Army Plaza Food Truck Rally total fun.
1. A Few Things for Parents to Know about the Grand Army Food Truck Rally
- Go early with kids, or be prepared for lines: It might sound strange, but if you're bringing kids, pack a snack when you go to the Food Truck Rally. Sometimes the lines can seem daunting, even to adults. And, if you've promised your child pizza or a taco and also an ice cream, you'll be standing in two, not one line.
- Generally people chow down while standing up; there are no picnic tables at this Food Truck Rally. However, all of lusciously green Prospect Park is right there, so you can pack up your food and walk the equivalent of a half city block and find yourself in the middle of Prospect Park. Find a park bench. Or spread out a blanket on the grass. .
- Finally, Food Truck Rally food isn't cheap fast food; it's gourmet fast food. Plan your budget accordingly.
2. How Long to Spend at the Food Truck Rally
3. Nearest Bathrooms to the Grand Army Plaza Food Truck Rally
There are also portosans in Prospect Park, with a full service bathroom (with running water) some distance away in the basement of the Picnic House, located along the park's road at about 2nd Street, about 7 city blocks distance away from Grand Army Plaza.
A note for germophobes: Bring your own hand sanitizer stuff if you're planning to eat after taking the subway; there are no facilities at Grand Army Plaza.
In a rush for an action-packed Sunday? Get there early, when it opens.
5. Basics: Where and When is the Grand Army Plaza Food Truck Rally?
Since about 2010, food trucks have become a fun feature of Brooklyn's love affair with locally produced, small-batched, "artisanal" food. One of the biggest "food truck rallies" — meaning a small parking lot of food vendors selling their freshly made tacos or very fresh muffins from colorfully painted trucks — happens in Prospect Park's Grand Army Plaza.
If you like food and want to see what Brooklyn's up to these days, check it out.
When: Third Sundays, June – October, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Grand Army Plaza, at the entrance to Prospect Park, between the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, Park Slope and Crown Heights, near the 2,3,B,Q trains.