Monday Smorgasbord: May 16th

This week in food looks like…cupcakes and food trucks! Yum..

Places I'd Like to Try Asap:

The Dutch – Still haven't gotten here because each entree costs more than my usual breakfast, lunch and dinner combined, but I will. I promise. 131 Sullivan St nr Prince, 212-677-6200

Beerparc – Opening this Friday, May 18th, the 12,000 sq ft outdoor space behind Foodparc will open for beer and food consumption. For more info, click here (shameless self promotion)


Places YOU Should Try Asap:

Rayuela – I just visited this place for brunch over the weekend, so stay tuned for that review. But inthe meantime I will tell you it was delicious and the atmosphere was really chill for a weekend brunch. I'd like to go back for dinner one of these days.. 165 Allen St btwn Stanton and Rivington, 212-253-8840

Olio – Chalk it up to my crazy cravings for pizza and chocolate this past week, but it made me think of this place. Olio makes delicious Neopolitan pizzas, from traditional Margherita (award-winning) to one of my favorites, the Vesuvio pie with smoked mozzarella, pumpkin and speck. Sounds weird but it's so good. Their dough is made with old yeast imported from Italy, which sounds like it would be a bad thing but for some reason the result is chewy yet crispy perfection.  Oh and they have that Nutella pie thing for dessert. Just sayin. 3 Greenwich Ave btwn Christopher St and 6th ave. 212-243-6546


Foodie Fun

Zagat Food Truck Frenzy: On Wednesday, May 18th from 12-3 pm, Zagat will be pulling together around 20 of the city's top food trucks and putting them in one place. For $12 ($15 on day of event) you can sample food from the likes of Mexicue, Pizza Moto, The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, and (one of my personal faves) Sweetery NYC. If someone wants to pick me up a Macarella, I will be forever grateful. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.  Location: 21st and 22nd streets between 10th and 11th aves.

Original East Village Food, Drinks and Culture Tour: If you can make a walking tour at 11:30 am on a Friday, I am jealous of you. And this one sounds like a good deal: $75 pp includes food and alcohol tastings like beer, Belgian fries, Japanese rice balls, falafel and Italian desserts from famous spots in the East Village. Fri, May 20th. Click here for tickets and more info.  

Taste of Tribeca 2011: This Sat, May 21st is the annual Taste of Tribeca foodie festival, which brings together over 60 of the neighborhood's finest restaurants to benefit the arts and education programs of PS 234 and PS 150 in Tribeca. I went to this event last year, and while the ticket costs are pricey, it's for a good cause and there are some very notable restaurants in attendance. This year we'll be seeing Bouley, Locande Verde, Sarabeth's, Landmarc, and Mrs. Cupcake. One other note from me: if you hate crowds, this is not the place for you…but what the F are you doing in New York City then? Click here for more info and tickets.

New Cupcake Crawl: Now this might be a little more appealing to the masses; not only is it cupcakes (who doesn't love cupcakes?!) it's also donation-based ($5 pp). On Sunday, May 22nd at 11 am, join your fellow cupcake lovers for a guided walking tour through the LES and the East Village to sample some of the best cupcakes and sweets NYC has to offer. Start out at BabyCakes, then over to Sugar Sweet Sunshine, then Butter Lane, and finish up at Dessert Club (known for their frosting).


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