NYC: Food trucks welcomed Park-side
At the beginning of the year, Eater reported that the NYC Parks Department was seeking to install city-sanctioned food trucks at certain parks throughout the five boroughs. Specific intersections within green space like Central Park, Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and McCarren Park made the list. Other corners are given the “Mobile trucks are prohibited at this location” designation. I guess this is both a lucrative and strategic move on the Parks Dept.’s part, getting in on the food truck action while putting itself in the position of supervisor, elevating certain brands, and restrictor to other vendors.
Now comes the latest news on this thread: Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue fame has been given the go-ahead to expand his “fatty” brand with a couple of kiosks in Battery Park (at the southern tip of Manhattan, by South Ferry and Wall Street and across the river from the Statue of Liberty, for all the non-New Yorkers reading this). According to Grubstreet New York, the two kiosks will consist of a food stand version of Fatty ‘Cue and a stop “tentatively titled” Fatty Snacks. Apparently, Pelaccio plans to serve “soft-serve ice cream and cold sandwiches. Nothing cooked. … I want to do delivery to businesses down there.”
Well, I’ve only eaten seafood balls from this chain once, during a book launch party (it’s the first food photo in the post), and they were tasty, especially with the citrus salsa, but I’m still glad a big name in the foodie world is coming down here (by here, I mean my one-time work home for eight years, not where I live). And cold snacks sounds good, but what’s going to make it stand out from the rest of the deli options in the area?
Anyway, I’ll check it out once it arrives, whenever that is. Likely in time for spring or summer. It’s joining the explosion of food-couture chain joints in the Battery Park City area, though, so it should fit right in. Part of me is glad that this oft-neglected oasis is getting some well-deserved love, but another part is worried that it’s going to go the way of Tribeca and Chelsea and lose some of its tranquility and historical charm (three war memorials – Korean, Coast Guard, WWII – Castle Clinton, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and Fraunces Tavern Museum and restaurant, to name a few).