There’s no more quintessential Brooklyn bar-going experience than grabbing a cocktail and heading out into the twinkly light-lit backyard to grab a bite from the grub-slinging food truck that’s semi-permanently parked on-site. Here, the five best food truck bars in Brooklyn, whether you’re in the mood for breakfast tacos or authentic Indian food.
We love Chilo’s for its not-too-sweet frozen Margs, raicilla flights and super friendly service, but its backyard taco truck has us coming back for more. Helmed by Chef Chip, the truck offers a mouthwatering menu cheap enough that you can try a variety of dishes, from pork belly tacos to a smoked beef torta. And vegetarians can join in too: Our two favorite menu items—the avocado tostada and huitlacoche taco—are completely meat-free.
ADD drinkers will love this action-packed bar, which features 10 shuffleboard courts and delicious signature cocktails. Royal Palms welcomes a different food truck each night, so you’ll never get bored of the grub, even if you’re a regular. Look out for souvlaki from Absolute Greek or authentic Indian from the Desi food truck.
Don’t go to Union Pool after 9 p.m. on a weekend—unless you’re seeing a show, are younger than 22, or hate yourself deeply. As for all other times of the week, go forth, grab a beer and head straight for the El Diablo taco truck in the expansive covered backyard. They serve everything from crispy fish tacos to tortas to cheesy elote, and boast a $10 breakfast taco and Bloody Mary special that will kill even the most aggressive of hangovers.
This South Williamsburg bar can get ungodly crowded, so it’s another spot that you’re better off visiting during weekday happy hour. If you make the trek, cheap drinks and delicious snacks from Landhaus await you on the patio. Order one of their top-notch cheeseburgers, or spring for their grilled maple bacon stick.
Stepping into Diamond Reef feels like you’re leaving NYC and entering a tropical oasis. Once you’ve had your share of refined frozen drinks like the Penichillin, wander into the massive backyard for a late-night snack. The permanently parked food truck serves skewers of grilled meat, seafood and veggies to satiate you after a few hours of imbibing.