Best Coffee Carts & Trucks for Your Next Corporate Event

It takes a lot of work to organize and carry out a good business event. Whether it’s a little gathering or a sizable celebration, there must be a harmony between achieving the event’s objectives and making sure everyone who attends has a good time. Having a gathering around a variety of food trucks and coffee carts will definitely wow your staff and demonstrate your appreciation!

Nitrotaps Coffee Food Cart

Planning and executing a successful corporate event is no easy task. Whether it’s a small party or a large special event, a balance must be struck between accomplishing the goals of the event while ensuring the event is fun and engaging for all attendees. Gathering around a selection of food trucks and coffee carts is sure to impress your employees and show your appreciation!

The presence of some style of food or beverage catering is a fantastic way to spice up an otherwise run-of-the-mill event. Access to refreshments offers your guests a chance to take a break from the work side of the things while simultaneously making it feel like a special event.

Mobile coffee catering is rapidly increasing in popularity as a catering option for corporate events, and renting coffee carts has become more accessible than ever.

Just about everyone has a signature drink they love to grab before work from the large coffee chains. With a mobile coffee cart, you can bring all the great local coffee options right to your guests.

Whether an employee wants a fancy latte or a simple cup of cold brew, the plethora of wonderful coffee shops and coffee carts loved by New Yorkers from every burrow will have you covered. 

By hiring a coffee cart for your next event, you can support local businesses while ensuring your guests are served great coffee drinks from a friendly and skilled barista.

From Cups to Carts: A Brief History of Coffee Shops

They say the hardest part of starting your own mobile coffee catering service is inventing coffee. Luckily, that part has already been taken care of, though its exact origins have reached an almost mythical status.

One legend states that a 9th-century goat herder named Kaldi noticed how “spirited” his goats became after eating berries from a certain tree. Kaldi ran to the local monastery with his observations, where a monk then created a brew from the same berries and found he was able to stay up much later praying.

What is known is that coffee cultivation and trade began on the Arabian Peninsula sometime during the 15th century.  The popularity of the drink increased rapidly, and by the 16th century, the sale and growth of coffee had spread to Egypt, Turkey, and Syria.

Towards the middle of the 17th century, coffee as we know it today was introduced to the United States through New York.  The country’s oldest coffee merchant, Gillies Coffee, got its start in NY in 1840, and by 1876 the U.S. was importing a third of the world’s coffee supply.

Towards the end of the 19th century, NYC witnessed a boom of street food in the form of food trucks and wagons showing up on every corner. Coinciding with the increase in the popularity of coffee, it wasn’t long before mobile coffee carts began showing up on street corners as well.  

The popularity of the drink did not stop there either. As of today, there are at least 3400 coffee shops and coffee carts in New York City alone. It’s no wonder New York has earned the title of “the city that never sleeps”!

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Why Hire a Coffee Cart For Your Event?

So why pay for a mobile coffee cart when there is a Starbucks around every corner? Adding more to your plate (or cup) may understandably be the last thing you want to do while planning an event.

However, bringing in a coffee cart for your next event will benefit your guests as well as the local community in a number of ways, including:

Expediency

Why wait for your employees to wander off to find a Starbucks when you can bring delicious local coffee right to them with a mobile cafe? With a cart hired specifically for your event, you can rest easy knowing your employees can get their lattes and espressos nearby, and quickly. If you have a more long-term project or event in mind, consider a cafe pop-up to shine the spotlight on a local coffee business over a longer period of time. 

Diversity of options

Hiring mobile coffee truck catering for your next event allows you the freedom to choose exactly the right cart to fit your needs. With as many coffee options as New York offers, you can pick a spot that is a favorite of your employees or a cart whose menu meets the needs of your event.

cappucinos and baked goods

Menu Flexibility

When catering special events, most coffee trailers will work with their customer to build a menu that will please employees and management alike. Whether you want to focus on a few signature drinks or offer some food to pair with your coffee, a coffee cart or truck can offer a flexible menu and custom quote when hired. From mocha to matcha, there’s a coffee truck that can accommodate your needs.

Support local businesses

While there seems to be a Starbucks or Peets coffee on every corner these days, the best coffee is still to be found in the smaller local shops from passionate entrepreneurs. Hiring a coffee cart for your event or party would not only support a local business financially but also provide much-needed visibility and exposure.

Espresso Guys Food Truck

Give employees some pep!

While your corporate events are surely as exciting as a roller coaster, sometimes people just need an extra boost. That’s where one or more coffee stands come in. Providing coffee and other caffeinated beverages will keep your employees alert and energetic. Bonus points for some branding to leverage your event on social media when your employees share a selfie with their cup!

Deploy Coffee Cart

The Best Local Coffee Carts

With quite literally thousands of delicious local options to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the choices. Luckily, the hard work has already been done for you! Below you’ll find a list of some of the absolute best coffee carts and coffee food trucks that New York has to offer.

Citizen Caravan Coffee Cart

Deploy Coffee

Veteran-owned and “deployed” throughout New York City, this compact food cart will prepare you for whatever battle you may face during the day. They source all their beans from some of the best roasters all over the globe. 

They are available to cater just about any type of event. They’d make an absolutely great addition to a corporate event, wedding, brunch, or any other function where people will appreciate coffee drinks.

Deploy is more than just drip coffee (though it is some of the best around). They have an extensive selection of matcha, teas, and specialty drinks as well. Our favorite? You have to try the “MOAB,” which combines matcha, espresso, chocolate, and steamed milk for an explosion of flavor.

deploy coffee cart at night

Blank Street

Founded by talented baristas and not to mention good friends Issam Freiha and Vinay Menda, Blank Street was created with the goal of serving local food and coffee with little environmental impact.

Complimenting their coffee, Blank Street also offers artisan pastries and breakfast tacos from the windows of their zero-emissions carts. From corporate lunches to office parties, Blank Street offers a fully customizable menu to their customers.

Blank Street Cafe Cart Scaled

The Espresso Guys

The Espresso Guys is a gourmet mobile coffee and espresso bar (though gals can drink the espresso too) who offer catering for both indoor and outdoor events.

The Espresso Guys specialize in the classics such as espresso drinks and iced lattes, and offer a menu of delicious pastries to compliment your perfect cup of coffee. An office espresso machine is nice, but not everyone is as talented at brewing up their favorite specialty coffee drink as The Espresso Guys. 

Espresso Guys Coffee Catering Owners

Mobile Coffee Catering at Your Door

With an abundance of options as well as benefits, a mobile coffee shop or truck is a must-have for your next corporate event or company party. Earn brownie points for being a cool boss while supporting local businesses and keeping your employees fed and energized.

Now armed with your (very) brief history of coffee, you’ll know exactly what to talk to others about as you huddle around the coffee cart at your next party. Cheers to your next cup of joe!

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Meet the New Food Trucks For Rent at NYFTA

Foodies and food truck aficionados have even more reason to get excited with these great additions to the already amazing lineup of innovative and delicious food trucks that are members of the NYFTA.

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It’s already been an exciting year for the New York Food Truck Association, and we’re just getting started!

Foodies and food truck aficionados have even more reason to get excited with these great additions to the already amazing lineup of innovative and delicious food trucks that are members of the NYFTA.

We’re excited to highlight these new members not just for their amazing menus, but also for how they inspire and give back to the community through minority, women, and veteran ownership. They’re all available to book for your next corporate or local event.

Let’s take a look at some of our newest members, and what makes them so tasty and unique!

The Oyster Lover

Looking for fresh oysters? You’ll definitely want to book The Oyster Lover for your next event. This minority and woman-owned truck locally sources their oysters, so they are ocean fresh. 

Owner Brittany Buffaloe operates on a “sea to truck” model, ensuring the oysters are harvested and shucked just before being served to customers.

Of course, you’ll find traditional raw oysters served in a friendly to-go format. If you’re feeling more adventurous, they also have some fresh takes like garlic parmesan, jerk, mango, and four-cheese.

They can be booked for a four-hour service which includes east and west coast raw oysters and cooked oyster options. Don’t have a spot for their truck to park? They have mobile raw options as well.

If you are looking for a really immersive and experiential event, book them for an oyster shucking class, where you can learn the ins and outs of oyster shucking, as well as oyster health benefits, recipes, and more!

The Oyster Lover food truck

Nao's Caribbean Flavors

NYFTA is proud to welcome the first Haitian food truck to our list of members: Nao’s Caribbean Flavors! Carline and Tony Jean have been building a loyal following, so much so that they required a bigger and upgraded food truck to serve all their hungry customers.

Nao’s Caribbean menu features several succulent Haitian favorites. These dishes are often impossible to get anywhere else, such as:

  • Griyo a Diri Djon Djon (Fried Pork shoulder with Black Rice)
  • Griyo a Banan Peze (Fried Pork shoulder with Fried Plantains)
  • Traditional meat patties in a delicious, flaky crust.

Nao’s offers both pickup and delivery options of their thoughtfully prepared Haitian menu items throughout the Westbury area.

nao's caribbean flavors

No Good Burger

Once found only in a brick-and-mortar joint on Long Island, No Good Burger is now available to book for parties and catering with their new food trucks. Brothers Marcello and Anthony started No Good Burger 5 years ago, injecting new life into the traditional burger place.

On their menu, you’ll find their signature blend of ground beef paired with a crazy number of variations, such as: 

  • The TBJ PBJ, which pairs a burger with their specially created sweet and spicy PB&J spread, is served on cinnamon raisin toast. It’s the perfect blend of sweet and savory.
  • The Mac Daddy takes a burger and tops it with homemade mac and cheese, served on a pretzel bun
  • The Chicken Chimi Chimi is made with a chicken burger, topped with bacon, tortilla strips, and a chimichurri sauce.
no good burger food truck

Fatty's

One of the things that make the New York area so special is the convergence of different cultures from all over the globe. Fatty’s food truck celebrates this as both its owners and their dishes come from all different backgrounds.

It’s owned by the same team that brought us Cento Percento, which can be found in the Financial District, Citi Field, and all over NYC with their food truck.

Fatty’s is your spot for a mix of fun and unique burgers and sandwiches celebrating a wide range of regions and cuisines like:

  • The Dirty Bird – Buttermilk fried chicken, hot honey and chimi slaw.
  • The Tony Cubano – Pulled pork with ham and black garlic mustard
  • The $9.99 – A smash burger with onions, pickles, cheese, and signature “Fatty” sauce

They have hot dogs, sides, vegan options, and a great selection of homemade sauces as a compliment to just about any of their items.

fattys nyc food truck

Ms. Spudz

NYFTA is excited to welcome this unique woman- and minority-owned place to get french fry creations you thought only existed in your dreams.

Owner Pippi built on her original idea of a simple french fry cart, and eventually created a full-fledged food truck that’s much more than just a spot for fried potatoes.

The centerpiece of the Ms. Spudz menu is, of course, the fries! You can pair these fries with several sauces. Her signature sauce is “Grandma’s original,” which was created by her very own grandmother, many years ago.

You’ll also find seafood fries, potato nachos, fried fish, sliders, and, when it gets chilly outside, hot and comforting soup!

ms. spudz food truck

Deploy Coffee

Veteran-owned and “deployed” throughout New York City, this compact food cart will prepare you for whatever battle you may face during the day. They source all their beans from some of the best roasters all over the globe. 

They are available to cater just about any type of event. They’d make an absolutely great addition to a corporate event, wedding, brunch, or any other function where people will appreciate coffee drinks.

Deploy is more than just drip coffee (though it is some of the best around). They have an extensive selection of matcha, teas, and specialty drinks as well. Our favorite? You have to try the “MOAB,” which combines matcha, espresso, chocolate, and steamed milk for an explosion of flavor.

deploy coffee cart at night

Bay Steaks

Were you under the impression that steak and cheese sandwiches were just found in that city a couple of hours south of New York? Think again.

Vinny and Owen, Brooklyn-born brothers, are doing cheesesteaks the NYC way. Bay Steaks is their latest creation, joining the already very successful Empire Barbeque.

Vinny and Owen’s focus is on the meat and cheese. Their menu is based on tender, thin sliced beef on a hoagie roll.

From there, you can choose different cheeses, onions, mushrooms, peppers, and more for the absolutely perfect combo. Speaking of combos, don’t forget the fresh fries, with or without cheese whiz.

bay steaks food truck nyc

Book a Food Truck Today

Book one of NYFTA’s newest members today to get the best food, culture, and diversity that New York has to offer!

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Top 12 Best Food Trucks in NYC For Your Next Event

Food trucks have a unique challenge when it comes to permits and licenses. Everything from food safety to where you can park is regulated at the federal, state, and county levels.

event catering food trucks

New York City food trucks are one of the best additions to your event. With a wide range of globally inspired and fun cuisine that you’d never find in a standard hotel or banquet hall, they are a great way to make any event memorable and delicious!

We’ve assembled a list of 12 of the best food trucks in nyc (in no particular order) available for booking. All are proud members of the New York Food Truck Association, so you know they are top-notch providers of quality food and service. Reach out to any of these for your next corporate event, wedding, product launch, family reunion, or just about any other event of any size.

1. Uncle Gussy’s

This purveyor of succulent, generous portions of Greek fare has come a long way in 50 years. It started in 1971 as a humble hot dog food cart, and has grown through the family generations to become Uncle Gussy’s food truck. Everything they make is still inspired by the homemade dishes that co-owner Nick Karagionorogos’ mom Katerina made over the years.

You’ll find all your Greek favorites on the menu here: chicken, gyro, souvlaki, falafel and of course fresh cooked greek fries with feta. They’ll be happy to work with you to create the perfect custom Greek menu for your event. Check them out in Midtown Manhattan near Park ave throughout the week for a Mediterranean street food experience you won’t forget!

uncle gussy's greek food truck in new york

2. Gorilla Cheese

Sometimes, nothing can top a good, old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich. You’ll find that at Gorilla Cheese, and much more. Start with a classic: your choice of cheese on fresh bread. What sets Gorilla Cheese apart is the dipping sauces and additions like: 

  • Sweet Thai chili
  • Prosciutto
  • Smoked turkey, and much more. 

They also have a great selection of their specialty sammies, which take the grilled cheese to the next level. For instance, they have a triple cream brie with prosciutto and strawberry preserves on fresh white bread. Don’t forget to save room for the dessert: s’mores melt on graham cracker bread.

They cater just about any type of event, whether it’s corporate, an office lunch, bar or bat mitzvah, quinceañera, a wedding, or just a party for partying’s sake! If you’re a cheese-lover, we’re certain you’ll agree that this is one of the best food trucks in NYC.

gorilla cheese food truck nyc

3. Diso's Italian Sandwich Society

Fans of Food Network’s show: The Great Food Truck Race will be familiar with Diso’s Italian Sandwich Society. They serve some of the highest quality Italian sandwiches anywhere in the city. It wouldn’t be a complete list of if we didn’t mention Diso’s as one of the best food trucks in NYC!

Customers of Diso’s have raved about their mortadella, salami, and prosciutto for years. All their meats are combined with a selection of fresh ingredients to make truly legendary Italian sandwiches like the Sonny Red with prosciutto, smoked mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, Parmigiano, Reggiano, and glazed balsamic.

The names of the sandwiches on the menu will have you running back to try each one: Fat Pete, Joey Shakes, Jimmy Two Times, Little Sal and many more!

They can cater your next event with their extensive catering menu. Your guests will enjoy a choice of colorful salads and sandwich platters, along with some hot appetizers like toasted ravioli. Everything is available in different sizes to accommodate however many guests you have.

diso's italian sandwiches truck nyc

4. King Souvlaki

Greek restaurants are often family-owned, and King Souvlaki is no exception. The Tsampas brothers, George and Koasts been serving up their family’s favorite dishes since their uncle started the business in 1979. Freshness is the key to their dishes. They make their souvlaki and gyros daily in Astoria, Queens.

All their meat is grilled over a hardwood charcoal grill for that great smokey, savory taste. Their meat comes on your choice of a wooden stick, pita, or hero, which is perfect for on-the-go eating.

Their catering is fully customizable and perfect for any event. They can work with you to plan the perfect Greek food menu for your party, community event, or corporate picnic.

king souvlaki catering food truck

5. Wafels & Dinges

Discouraged by the state of so-called “Belgian” waffles found throughout the land, the owners of Wafels and Dinges set out to give the waffles of America a much-needed upgrade! Their wafels are so good that they are sold not just on the streets of New York, and clearly one of the best food trucks in NYC, but in locations around the country.

These authentic Belgian waffles are at the heart of their menu, but they can be comboed up with Nutella, speculoos, dulce de leche, fresh strawberries, and much more. They also have an extensive selection of hot drinks, including coffee, hot cocoa, mochas, and more. 

Their catering options can be customized for huge to small events. They even have a wafel party kit box that can be shipped anywhere in the country. For larger events, they can set up a wafel show buffet just about anywhere.

wafels & dinges food cart

6. Chinelo's Tacos NYC

This Queens-based Mexican restaurant has been pleasing its customers for several years with its selection of quesadillas, burritos, tortas, and more, all hand-prepared and about as authentic as you can get. 

People rave about the Birria tacos, served on a soft corn tortilla with onions, cilantro, lime, and salsa. If you are hungry, try the generously sized Birria torta!

Their 20-foot food truck is available to bring a festive, colorful, and spicy flair to your next event. Contact them for customization options

Chinellos Birria Tacos Food Truck

7. Caripito's

Caripito is a small city in Venezuela, near the intersection of the Caripito and San Juan rivers. It was this town that served as the inspiration for the menu of this woman- and minority-owned Venezuelan food truck.

Owner Vanessa Cuartas brought her passion for Venezuelan cuisine with her when she came to Queens eight years ago. She hopes to inspire the community through her entrepreneurship, and of course, introduce them to all the delicious flavors Venezuelan cuisine has to offer! Her mission alone makes her the owner of one of the best food trucks in NYC, but the cuisine really brings it home.

On the menu, you’ll find empanadas, arepas, and cachapas, all with a selection of fresh meats and cheeses. They also have grilled favorites served with french fries, and her unique takes on chicken wings and hamburgers.

Vanessa can create custom menus for just about any event. Guests will appreciate the unique but hearty dishes.

vanessa cuartas caripito's food truck owner

8. Exotic Bowls

It’s a husband and wife team that brings us this fresh and healthy minority- and woman-owned food truck. Shalani and Walter have been in business for four years, and their food truck can be found at the beautiful Indian Wells beach in Amagansett all summer long. They’re in the process of opening their first brick-and-mortar location!

They are committed to promoting healthy choices: they use all-natural ingredients, and make sure all their food service items are made of compostable or biodegradable materials. 

Their food truck menu features fresh, healthy, and delicious items like bowls with acai and other fruit, avocado, spirulina, and more. They also have refreshing and healthy smoothies, bubble tea, and more.

You can book their food truck for office parties, family celebrations, community events, and much more. Check them out to fully customize the menu. This would make a great addition to any spring brunch, wedding, or art fair.

exotic bowls acai bowls food truck catering nyc

9. Cousins Maine Lobster

Real-life cousins Jimmy and Sabin started their first food truck in 2012 to rave reviews. They eventually appeared on the hit show, “Shark Tank,” and expanded their restaurants and food trucks nationwide.

These lobster food trucks feature delectable, fresh lobster dishes such as their New England-style rolls, lobster tacos, quesadillas, grilled cheese, tater tots, and more. Each one is served with tender, juicy, freshly cooked lobster.

They can cater any event or party. One of their team members can work closely with you to customize their menu for any size event. This is perfect for a wedding, office lunch or corporate picnic.

cousins maine lobster food truck Los Angeles

10. Glazed and Confused

Dan and Larry, owners of Glazed and Confused have been serving up hot and fresh mini donuts for the last seven years. They’ve earned a top reputation for their catering, which brings fun and flavor to any event.

They have a great selection of both traditional and innovative donuts ranging from powdered sugar to salted caramel pretzels filled with apple pie, and many others. They are constantly trying out new flavors, giving their customers a great reason to keep coming back.

Whether you just have a large order for a party, or want a larger event catered, they can hook you up. Reach out to them, and they’ll help you customize everything. Whether it’s a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, work party, or another event, they can make it truly a sweet day.

glazed and confused founders

11. Deploy Coffee

Attention! This veteran-owned, compact coffee cart has been deployed on the streets of New York, giving people the freshly roasted wake-up call they so desperately need! Deploy prides itself on sourcing some of the best-roasted beans around. 

Not only is their coffee top-notch, but they also have a selection of other hot beverages like hot chocolate, matcha, and more. Their most talked about drink is the “MOAB,” which combines espresso, cocoa, and matcha for an eye-opening combination!

They are available to cater throughout the area, and customize a menu for any sized event.

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12. Van Leeuwen

Started in Brooklyn well over a decade ago, Van Leeuwen has some of the best traditional dairy or vegan ice cream around. Their ice cream flavor combinations are legendary: 

  • Brown sugar chunk with cookie dough, brownies and walnuts
  • Vanilla with honeycomb
  • Hazelnut fudge cookie
  • Earl Grey tea

Their ice cream has been so highly regarded that they now have dozens of locations and in seven states. Their products can also be found in hundreds of grocery stores across the USA.

Their food truck can be hired to provide a cool and tasty treat to any office party, picnic, or family event.

van leeuwen food truck serving nyc

Ready to Book a Food Truck?

All of these great food truck options will take your party or event to the next level across the 5 boroughs and beyond. The menus and scale can be customized to meet your needs when you work with the team members of all these great food trucks. Reach out by clicking the links below.

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