The Long Island food truck and mobile bar scene is a dynamic one, with new options continually hitting the streets. The next time you’re at a local brewery, winery or festival, keep an eye out for them. Or, you can hire them to come to you.
During the pandemic, several new trucks arrived in Nassau and Suffolk offering artisanal vegan fare, extreme desserts and a mix of booze, from basic to worldly.
Here are three of them:
Roving Bar Long Island
For the love of Italy — that’s why Eric Tomeo first inquired about a stateside mobile bar in 2020, something his uncle had seen overseas and brought to his attention.
Originally, Tomeo first contacted Roving Bar, a New Jersey-based company that turns vintage piaggio apes (three-wheeled Italian trucks) into mobile bars, with questions on the ins-and-outs of the business. Tomeo, who works full time in cybersecurity risk consulting, worried it was too much to take on alone as a side gig, but ultimately agreed to spearhead the Long Island edition of the company.
With help from co-owner Matt Woolston, he launched Rose, which came on the scene last May. The truck is available to hire for private events across Long Island. Its four taps, which can be changed throughout the event, can be filled with beer, wine, prosecco, Champagne, kegged cocktails and nonalcoholic beverages (think coffee, sparkling water and lemonade).
There’s enough space on the L-shaped wooden bar to display fruit bowls, bottles and carafes that could be used for Champagne or mimosa bars; plus glassware. A cigar humidor is tucked in the back of the truck, too.
Tomeo charges $1,600 for a two-hour party ($500 each additional hour), plus the cost of alcohol. He’ll coordinate the pick up and a bartender. Travel fees apply for parties more than 40 miles from Wantagh.
Peach & Pine Cafe
Ashley Rowland and Brian Arthus have combined two of Long Island’s dining trends — vegan eats and food trucks — with the opening of Peach and Pine Cafe. The mobile eatery mainly serves Suffolk County with Instagram-worthy comfort food and baked goods.
Rowland and Arthus, partners in life and in business, make everything from scratch, and that includes the cafe-on-wheels’ “bacon” and “chicken,” both of which are made of vital wheat gluten. The menu changes weekly, but one thing is consistent — there’s a flavor for every palate. Try the “mother clucker” sandwich (a Nashville-style hot “chicken” sandwich with tangy slaw, sweet and spicy pickles and chili garlic aioli on an organic whole grain bun, $15); buttermilk fried “chicken” wings, $12; and fried crispy “pork” dumplings stuffed with Napa cabbage, carrots and scallions that’s served with toasted sesame dipping sauce, $11.
For brunch, hosted every other Sunday at The Better Man Distilling Company in Patchogue, expect signatures like an “egg” sandwich served on a Sriracha maple biscuit, ($12) and “the griddle,” a take on the fast food breakfast sandwich, $12.
When it comes to sweets, the longtime vegetarians-turned-vegans turn out tarts, cupcakes, cookies and scones.
Aside from its post at The Better Man, Peach and Pine Cafe participates in special events such as the traveling Long Island Vegan Pop Up. Occasionally, it can also be found at Secatogue Brewing Company in West Islip and übergeek Brewing Company in Riverhead. Check Instagram for its schedule.
Christina Padrazo gave up her corporate job in e-commerce digital marketing to follow in her family’s entrepreneurial footsteps. She hit the road in late 2020 with her pale pink and white 1964 Shasta Airflyte camper offering confectionery goods such as cookies, s’mores in a jar, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and gelato.
Find Stella, the name given to the trailer, at Bridge Lane on June 11, where the truck will prepare lobster rolls for the farm-winery’s National Rosé Day event, as well as at the Strawberry Festival in Mattituck June 15-19.
Padrazo’s menu has since grown to feature bubble waffles, fried gelato, brownies, French macarons, edible cookie dough and so on. Savory goods include pork sliders, grilled cheese, chili, sliders and charcuterie boards ($10-$25). Vegan and gluten-free options are available, as are drinks (housemade iced tea, lemonade and coffee). Sweets on the menu range from $5 for a s’mores jar to $12 for a doughlato, a gelato-stuffed fried doughnut.
The Treatery, which mainly services the East End and Hamptons, is permitted to operate year-round throughout Long Island for both public and private events. Prices for private events range between $12 a person for three sweets to $25 a person for three sweets and two savory items. Parties typically last two to four hours.
Padrazo, a “self-taught baker with Italian-family training,” says The Treatery is her way of carrying on the legacy of her grandfather who owned Italian restaurant La Grotta in Commack for 30 years.
INFO 631-512-2217, thetreateryli.com