Street Food & Festivals, New York City
As everyone knows New Yorkers are always on the go and working hard that many don't even have time to stop for lunch! Luckily on almost every corner there is a NYC Hot Dog & Pretzel Vendor! This is a local custom for New Yorkers, I myself have many times bought lunch while I was on-the-go!
This is an Italian Religious Festival, or a Feast that takes place for 11 days in the middle of September. The lower Manhattan Italian neighborhood of Little Italy hosts this fabulous traditional festival. Food, food and more food, plus arcade games, religious processions and church masses. It typically is extremely crowded, but it is an Incredible unique experience. Don't miss it!
Check out this website and the one below for more info.
If you're in Little Italy at anytime of the year, ask around for a zeppole. It is an Italian pastry that is really delicious.
It is like a doughnut hole, but bigger and fluffier, light and airy, deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar. Simialr to a Beignet from New Orleans, but larger and heartier. This is an authentic Italian tip, not too many non Italians know about the zeppole. Enjoy it, you'll thank me for it!
If you are not going to be in Little Italy in the near future,
then check out the website below for zeppole and other feast recipes:
There's always something to do in NYC. I had no idea that during the Labor Day weekend of 2003 there would be a Brazilian Festival happening. This was convenient since I had an upcoming trip to Brazil in just over month from that time. It really got me in the mood.
Just pick up a local magazine or a Time Out New York to see what's going on.
This website will assist anyone with locating someplace to eat in NYC. Searches can be done by cuisine or neighborhood. The great thing is the website actually has the menus online so you know what type of food they have and how much it costs. No surprises.
Once the weather warms up, street fairs are the order of the day in Manhattan. Every weekend, one or other avenue is blocked off for ten blocks or so, and the space is filled with stalls hawking discount clothing (everything from cute printed tops to tube socks), cheap (and attractive) Japanese bowls and plates, jewelry, cosmetics, CDs, all kinds of tasty food to eat on the go, and cold drinks to refresh you as you wander: it’s always hot and sunny when you go browsing, or at least it was for us! As well as these big street fairs, there are regular block parties, aimed at the residents of a particular area, but in practice open to anyone who happens along and is prepared to pay for whatever’s on offer. Our neighborhood block party had great Cuban food – complete with mojitos – and books at ridiculously low prices, not to mention second-hand clothes sellers who complimented us on every single thing we tried on!
All over the place you can see these little, simple places to buy something to eat or drink, hot or cold....
Could can in very handy when you are walking New York, I can tell you that!
Try something and you will want for more!!!
Wanna feel like a local?? Head over to Chelsea Market on 9th Ave between 15th & 16th Street, pick up some bread and other goodies, have an espresso at Buon Italia and people-watch on one of the interesting stone sculptures that act as benches. Chelsea Market is an indoor renovated warehouse that holds many of NYC's finest food establishments like Amy's Bread, Sarabeth's Bakery, Hale & Hearty Soup etc. Nice place to grab a bite. Chelsea Thai has cheap,yummy Thai food!
New Yorkers eat a lot on the street..on the go. Hot dogs are the favourite, but my personal favourite was the Klauh Kalesh ( i think it was that name), it was really good.
Every month New York Ctiy has numerous festivals in unique neighborhoods. Check out the website below for an extensive list of happenings.
Make sure to enjoy all the area has to offer. Great berries, pies, apples, corn, fresh fish... Lots to eat here, but it is all good for you.
This is my favorite place to relax.