Dining Al Fresco On The Cheap

When the weather is nice, outdoor seating at a restaurant, is prime real estate. A room with a view, to all the happenings of the city. What if I told you, that this prime real estate doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Do I have your attention?

The New York City Food Truck Association, has teamed up with various real restate developers, including Trinity Real Estate, Rockrose Properties, Brookfield Properties and RXR Real Estate, to offer the residents and visitors of New York City, an opportunity to dine al fresco… ON THE CHEAP. Big deal you say? Let me explain.


Cheapeats , had the opportunity to visit LMCC Lent Space Lot , which is located at 70 Varick Street. Lent Space, is a HUGE open lot, furnished with tables, chairs, benches, umbrellas and trees, provided by Hudson Square Connection. The Foodtrucks are nestled on one side of the lot, somewhere between 3 and 5. The rotation changes daily.

We received the VIP tour, from Laci Texter, Community Manager for NYC  Food Truck Association. Dumplings from Rickshaw , was the lunch of choice. So we carried our white take out boxes and grabbed a table in the center of the lot.


As we chatted, I couldn’t help but notice, the sea of people strolling in from the neighboring office buildings. Everyone had smiles on their faces and were just enjoying being outside. On the north side of the lot, a small band was playing on music stage. Sunshine, food and FREE music? The music is courtesy of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Besides Lent Space, there are other food truck lots.

World Financial Center is a haven for those working at the remote – World Financial Center. Nestled by the marina, are a line up of food trucks, feeding Wall Street and offering the best water views money can buy. A MUST TRY!!

Starrett-Lehigh – located at 11th Avenue & W 26th Street, is a unique setting, because some of trucks are located on the 12th and 15th fl of the Starrett Lehigh Building.

Long Island City – located at 43-29 Crescent Street, is a little kept secret. Well…..not anymore.

I encourage you to visit any or all of these foodtruck lots. It will be the best $5 – $10 you will spend.

I applaud all these partners, for making a city that isn’t so cheap, and making it “Cheap and Chic.”


Thank you Laci and NYC Food Truck Association for a delightful lunch. Scrumptious Edamame Dumplings and an Arnold Palmer Slush from Kelvin Slush for the walk home. 🙂



Happiness, $25 and under.






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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating Cheapeatsinc.com. When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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