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I had heard of Governor’s Island in New York Harbor in passing but had never been. I was hankering for a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster and saw they were going to be on Governor’s Island with other food trucks at an event called Brewer’s Picnic NYC.
So I decided to drop by for a visit…
Governor’s Island is a 5 minute free ferry ride from lower Manhattan. The terminal is right next to the Staten Island Ferry landing. Most recently Governor’s Island was a Coast Guard station closed for budget reasons back in 1996. Before that it was an Army base. Right now the island is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public during the summer months for bike riding, free concerts and events like Brewer’s Picnic NYC. There is even a small beach on the island. Check the list of events here.
The line was long to get on the ferry but moved relatively quickly. Once I got to the island I walked a few minutes to the Brewer’s Picnic NYC.
The event was filled with delicious food trucks, running the gamut from pizza to tacos and the lobster rolls I was originally looking for. But correspondingly what I discovered was lines. Lots of long lines. I broke my cardinal rule and did not arrive as the event opened.
We are talking 45 minutes to get a cup of beer. My strategy at that point was to just get on the shortest lines, just so that I would not starve to death waiting for something to eat.
So first up was “TheJalapenoNYC” a Mexican food truck serving tacos, burritos and enchiladas. I had the spicy pork burrito. It was a good size and extremely filling. I saw tacos for $3 but I looked at them and knew I would be still hungry after eating it.
Next was Rickshaw dumpling food truck. I got the chicken dumplings with a peanut based dipping sauce. I could almost taste coconut in it, but I’m not sure. A different and tasty take on traditional Chinese dumplings.
There were other various food trucks, including a stand selling pickles and microbreweries with local beer. The day was warm and bright and crowds were in a good mood as it was the unofficial kickoff to summer after such a horrendously cold and snowy winter.
I not only got my stomach filled with some delicious food but I discovered a small green haven in the middle of New York Harbor, accessible by a free ferry ride. Who would have thought you’d find that?
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