MEET THE NYFTA
The NYFTA is an association of the top mobile food vendors in New York that focuses on full-service mobile catering and experiential marketing.
We believe that food brings people together. That’s why we curate unique memorable mobile experiences with New York’s premium food trucks, bringing better food to you and more people together. Whether you’re looking to hire gourmet food truck catering for your event or facilitate a marketing promotion, we provide a turn-key service for your mobile culinary needs. We are a team of creative minds and industry experts, driven to help companies of all shapes and sizes build brand awareness, audience engagement and consumer loyalty.
We strategize, we plan, we over-deliver. We sweat the details so you don’t have to.
Give us details
date, time, location, and number of people
Pick your cuisines
from 50+ premium food trucks with eclectic menu variations.
Customize your experience
by designing your own menu board, or adding on interactive elements such as a photo booth
Sit back, relax
and enjoy your event while we ensure seamless execution
whether it’s a detailed marketing plan or a big idea you need help polish, we will collaborate with you to ensure your vision comes to life.
we know NYC and can ensure you reach your target audience in optimal high traffic locations.
endless customization possibilities, from a unique wrap design, to custom menu development, to branded collateral and so much more!
we’re pros, which means you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your event while we ensure it goes off without a hitch. This is what we do best so sit back and relax as we ensure you have a successful event!
why choose us
- The best eats on the streets - from helping develop customized menus, to picking from our hand-selected vendors, we know good food. We offer over 50 types of cuisines, and we’ve tried everything on the menu to make sure you’ll like it just as much we do.
- Experienced professionals - With 200+ yearly events under our belt, we can identify and prevent problems before they occur and fix those that arise unexpectedly.
- Compliance and success - It’s more than just ensuring trucks show up on time. We handle all logistics from insurance paperwork to securing the proper permits, to managing a point of sales system.
- Premium vendors - our members are properly insured and up-to-date on their health inspections, as well as personally vetted for food quality, cleanliness, reliability, and customer service.
The New York Food Truck Association is committed to empowering local mobile vendors to grow their businesses and to succeed in their mission of sharing their cuisine with others. By connecting our members with potential business opportunities and bringing additional revenue streams through branded promotions, we ensure our members always stay relevant and busy year round.
Our members consist of a diverse group of mobile culinary artists who operate throughout the five boroughs of NYC and are approved by the Department of Health. Our relationship with our members is built on trust, and powered by our common love for food and good company. We are community-driven, always aspiring to sustain high-quality food, enforce street safety, and elevate food truck experiences.
The average food truck ranges between 18-24 ft. long and 8 ft. wide. Food carts and trailers range between 9-24. ft long and 5-7 ft. wide. Check out our members to view each vendor’s truck and/or cart dimensions listed on their member page.
Yes, NYFTA only works with food trucks that have health permits, insurance, and have been issued an ‘A’ letter grade from the New York Department of Health. Our members are personally vetted and carefully selected to ensure they meet the highest degree of food quality and hospitality. All certificates of insurance are kept on file and can be provided upon request.
Depending on your event, payment can be structured in one of two ways:
- Private event buyout: Event host covers the cost of the catering and food trucks services directly, and there is no charge for the guests. Prices are estimated at a per-person and time-based rate.
- Private event sales: The hired food truck accepts cash and credit card sales on-site. There is typically a minimum sales guarantee required.
NYFTA members will generally travel within the Tri-State area, depending on location. Additional fees apply for events outside the 5 boroughs.
Food trucks come prepared to serve the number of people agreed upon in the contract. Depending on each truck’s storage capability, our members typically bring 10% more product to serve additional portions at an additional per person cost, which is specified at the time of booking.
We understand that unexpected things happen. If you need to reschedule your event date or time, we will make our best effort to accommodate your request. If you need to cancel your event, you are subject to our cancellation policy, which will be discussed upfront at the time of booking.
Many of our members have trucks and/or carts that can be powered by electric and operate indoors. Check out these members here.
Absolutely! NYFTA can source as many vendors as needed for your event, from a single cart to dozens of food trucks.
The minimum cost to produce a branded promotion is $15k, but pricing can vary depending on the scope of your project. Please fill out a form and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your project in more detail.
Although street parking in NYC can be extremely complicated, the NYFTA will work with you to find the perfect parking spot or obtain the necessary parking permit for your branded promotion.
Yes, we believe that brand ambassadors (BA’s) can help create genuine interactions and meaningful moments for consumers interacting through the promotion. We work with a great roster of brand ambassadors who are bubbly and love sharing their passion for your product. We can provide you with as many brand ambassadors as needed for your event. Our brand ambassadors are highly trained with the latest data capture programs, so that once the activation ends, you can harness the valuable data and insight that has been collected.
Every aspect of our branded activations are highly customizable. We handle everything from custom wraps, to interior/exterior fabrication, branded goods and packaging, and custom menus. Our in-house culinary team can create almost any food and beverage items imaginable for the tastiest interactive experience!
Typically about 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the activation, however, every project varies in scope of work and might require additional production time. We recommend filling out our Branded Promotions Form as soon as possible so a member of our team can discuss your project in more detail.
After finalizing which truck/cart would best suit your needs, our team will send you a template for your graphic designer to use when creating the graphics for your custom vinyl wrap. We are happy to design the wrap on your behalf, but additional fees will apply.
We do not help food trucks secure necessary health permits and mobile food vendor licenses.
We do not handle custom build outs for up-and-coming food truck owners. We only work with pre-existing food trucks that are registered with the department of health and are properly insured.
NYFTA will contact you about exclusive event listings, as well as additional branded promotions opportunities as they arise. You will gain access to our vast network of food truck owners and operators in the New York area, as well as receive free marketing from the NYFTA on our social media channels. Additionally, we are always working to change the rule and regulations in favor of food truck owners, and as a member of the Association, we will fight on your behalf for these changes.
Membership to join the NYFTA is always free!