A group of local food-truck owners recently formed a co-op in order to lease the parking lot at the corner of Water and Jay streets, where they’re now offering lunch every weekday from 11am to 3pm. Their hunch that Dumbo office workers and Brooklyn Bridge Park goers are in need of more lunch options seems correct, judging by the huge lines they’ve drawn during their first few weeks in operation. What I like best about this new lot is that it has room for three trucks, but it’s not always the same three–different options roll in daily, so follow @dumbolot to find out all the food trucks pulling up for lunch. Here are five of my favorites, listed by which day of the week you can find them in Dumbo.
1. Monday–Mexico Blvd.’s Adobo Torta
Tender pork loin gets marinated for 24 hours in the owners’ great-grandmother’s secret spicy abobo sauce, and is served on a crusty roll with avocado, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, onions and jalapenos.
2. Tuesday–Mike ‘n’ Willie’s Big Bad Brisket
Mexican meets BBQ at this new truck, where slow-cooked Angus beef brisket is smothered in a smoked chipotle BBQ sauce, served on brioche with crispy fried onions on top.
3. Wednesday–Domo Taco’s Kimchi Falafel Taco
Pretty much had to happen–the ultimate food truck trio: kimchi-infused falafel topped with miso tahini, served in a tortilla. Yes, please.
4. Thursday–Toum’s Lahem B’ajeen
Basically a Lebanese pizza. Forgo the falafel at this family-owned truck, and try the crispy bread topped with ground beef, onions and tomatoes–ask for it with extra toum, their eponymous white garlic sauce.
5. Friday–Palenque’s Colombian Arepa
As much as I love Caracas Arepa Bar in Williamsburg, these Colombian ladies may be my new favorite corn-patty purveyors. In addition to the traditional corn arepas, theirs come in brown rice and sesame, brown rice and flax, or quinoa, and are served open-face style and topped with jumbo shrimp, Angus beef, mashed red beans, chicken or one of several vegan options. Actually, they hardly even need a protein because they all come with butter, cheese, arugula, chipotle mayo and cilantro salsa. Shell out an extra $1 to finish it with Hagao, a savory tomato-onion-olive oil paste.