Love to eat? Have an adventurous palate (or trouble deciding on a cuisine)? Then run, don’t walk to that annual celebration of culinary consumption: The Ninth Avenue Food Festival.
May 19th & 20th, Hell’s Kitchen’s main drag, 9th Avenue, will be given over to food stalls offering cuisines from all over the world. From 12pm – 5pm, 42nd to 57th Streets will be lined with stalls offering specialties from the avenue’s restaurants and pubs, as well as homemade delicacies from other vendors. There will also be stalls selling handmade jewelry, T-shirts, bags, linens, arts and crafts, and household items.
Complimenting the diverse ethnic foods will be music and dance performed by local cultural troupes on a stage at 55th St. Since the festival’s a terrific family event, there will be a Children’s Pavilion at 53rd St, including carnival games and rides for young kids. Profits from the festival support neighborhood programs, including scholarships, and programs for children, seniors, and local families in need.
As a devoted festival attendee, personal favorites include:
- Cookies & bread twists at Amy’s Bread @46th St
- Crayfish Etouffee from The Delta Grill @48th St.
- Brazilian specialties from Rice & Beans @ 50th St.
- Empanadas from Empanada Mama @ 51st St
- Fried Seafood from the specialty stall.
Roast corn on the cob, Pig Roast, and Carne Asada.
- A pint (or two) at the sidewalk Beer Garden at McCoy’s Pub @ 52nd St.