Food — it’s what summer in NYC is all about. There’s a festival every single weekend (and even some during the week), so you’ll never be without a full belly. Here’s our top five NYC summer festivals to try this season!
This is the MOST awesome of them all. Think of every single thing you love to eat, and imagine it all in one spot. I’m talking BBQ and maple lemonades (it’s great — don’t side eye), incredible ice cream sandwiches and ramen burgers. The Smorgasburg happens every weekend in Brooklyn — Saturdays it’s in Williamsburg, Sundays it’s Brooklyn Bridge Park — and it’s always a good time. I recommend going to BK Bridge Park because it’s big, and there’s tons of other things to do in the park and it has an amazing view of Manhattan. Oh, and try the gooey butter cakes from Gooey & Co. One bite, and you’ll want 7 more. Check the list of vendors here.
July 21 – August 15
This isn’t a festival but it’s just as good. Restaurant Week, which happens twice a year, gives you a chance to dine at some of the more chi-chi (as I like to call it) establishments at a fixed price. It’s 25 bucks for lunch and $38 for dinner, and that includes three courses. You can’t beat that! Over 300 restaurants in the city participate, such as Fig & Olive, Morton’s the Steakhouse, and Nobu. Make your reservations with Open Table and enjoy the experience.
Food Truck Rally
Who doesn’t love a good food truck? Every first and third Sunday until October 19, the holy grail of food trucks convene in Grand Army Plaza for your goodness. Delectable grilled cheese sammiches from Milk Truck and fish tacos from Kimchi Taco will make you a believer yet. I really don’t know what you’re waiting for.
June 3 – August 1
I’m all about food festivals with cute ass names and hashtags, so Broadway Bites (#BBites) feeds my social media soul. It’s in Greely Square Park (or Herald Square), and they have everything from Colombian food to Turkish. There’s even liquor, y’all! They’re the same people who put on Madison Square Eats (Urbanspace), so they know how to cram as many vendors for you to try in small spaces. I went the other day and got myself a coconut curry chicken empanada topped with a spicy mayo. Ummm, yum!
Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival
This ain’t my first time talkin’ about jerk food. This annual festival is put on by the folks who bring jerk spices to your home, Grace, and it’s a good time. Music, activities, and jerk — duh! If you love Jamaican food and want to indulge all day, buy a ticket and head to Queens.
What are your favorite food festivals?