First they tried a zoning variance. Then they applied for a vendor permit. Today The Beacon Bite opened up several feet from the Hudson River, at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park. They are still waiting to hear about a permit from the city, and are also standing by as the city council considers adapting the zoning law to allow food trucks to operate on private lots.
Meanwhile, Scenic Hudson said sure, come on down. And so they did, setting up the big red truck in the gravel parking lot just beyond and to the right of the kayak dock.
I had tempeh with butter pickles, spicy mayo, and peanuts on napa cabbage leaves, which served as perfect wraps. Also excellent was the crisp cauliflower and broccoli with batch 35 cheddar cubes (did I get that right?) olive oil and lemon. Steak frites were hot and salty and had some kind of yummy mayo style dip. Other selections were a scallion wrap with pork, slaw, and toasted chili mayo; Tabasco wings with blue cheese; goat cheese fritters; and a mesclun salad with chic peas, cucumber, red onions, and sundried tomatoes. The menu is subject to change based on seasonal ingredients and the whims of the chef. Ice teas, Drink More Good sodas, and a Dublin Dr. Pepper made with real sugar were the beverage offerings. Prices are from $6 to $9.
The Beacon Bite food truck is open Thursday thru Sunday, 12pm to 7pm, at Long Dock Park.
From the ferry or train, you can take the path to the red barn, then walk up the drive a bit and down to your right. To get there by car turn left on Red Flynn Drive after you pass over the Metro-North tracks. I took my son by bike. I avoided all big uphills by taking part of the Beacon Loop Trail there (Dennings Ave to Klara Sauer Trail) and back (KS Trail to Dave Miller Connector to Madame Brett to Tioranda Ave. Easy!)