Every once in a while, NYMag hosts the Grub Street Festival at Hester and Essex St in LES. This past Sunday, they brought it back with a vengeance: over 100 vendors + a newly added beer garden. I truly do heart New York. In a way, this city reminds me a lot of Thailand in that the street food is always abundant and almost always delicious. It was us who popularized the gourmet food truck and make street fairs a trendy, foodie affair.
These were some of the highlights from the Sunday with my girls Avs and Annie. From right to left, top to bottom: pork ribs from Purple Yam, nori taco from Purple Yam, polish sausage mac n’ cheese from Gourmet Mac N’ Cheese, Schnitzel from Schnitz, Jerk Corn, and Monday Sunday from Big Gay Ice Cream. If only my stomach were as big as my eyes, I could’ve eaten everything there. Check out NYMag’s Grub Street Highlights slideshow here and try not to drown in your own drool.
A lot of tourists come to New York and they want to eat a hot dog from some truck by Central Park. While that’s all fine and well for New Yorkers who are grabbing a quick lunch, it’s just sort of a waste of space in your stomach if you are visiting from out of town. Why oh why would you come all the way to such a food capital to eat over boiled mystery meat on a stale bun when you could be eating the good stuff? Check out the street festivals happening every weekend all around New York. Check out the numerous food trucks littering the city. Make way to parks and fields to find out what new, tasty creations the locals have conjured up. That’s when you’ll find out what New York street food is all about.
Upcoming: Heading to my absolute favorite fair this coming Sunday with Rickyburr. Smorgasburg– on the Williamsburg, East River Waterfront (goes on until mid Nov). It’s much smaller and the food is a tad more expensive, but the atmosphere is very chill with the river streaming by you. I’m just such a sucker for anything that takes place by the water. Stay tuned!