For Foodies: A Couple Of Cool Things To Do This Weekend In NYC – On The High Line And On The Lower East Side!

21 Oct

There are a couple of very cool things for Food Lovers going on in our fair city this coming weekend.

Well, probably more than a couple – but I’m highlighting two of them here today.

On Saturday, 10/22/11 & Sunday, 10/23/11 the High Line is hosting a soup party.

They’re calling it A Social Soup Experiment. Note: advance tickets are sold out ($5.00), but go early and tickets should be available the morning of.

From their website:

High Line Food Presents a Social Soup Experiment

Advance purchase tickets for this event are sold out. A small quantity of tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event, starting at 11:00 AM.

Join us for the first communal meal on the High Line.

The meal will be a culinary adventure: what happens when hundreds of people gather for a one-pot meal at a communal table in a restaurant without walls placed on the High Line?

Join us to find out. Come in groups of four with an appetite, and meet your neighbors.

Sit elbow to elbow at one long table and eat a simple, substantial, and economical lunch: a large bowl of nourishing soup with a hunk of hearty bread, for the small price of $5.

The meal is open to people of all ages, but space is limited. We hope to serve soup for parties of four people, but individual bowls of soup will be available as well. Purchase tickets in advance, or on the High Line at 14th Street on the day of the event.

There will be two 45-minute seatings, the first beginning at 1:00 PM and the second at 1:45 PM. Guests are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes in advance. Those who purchase tickets in advance must bring their confirmation to gain entry.

14th Street Passage
On the High Line at 14th Street

The ticket price includes servings of hearty bean and farro soup, prepared by chef Mona Talbott, using ingredients from New York State farms and served alla Romana with spicy olive oil. Local wines, beer, and apple cider will be available for purchase separately.

This sounds like so much fun! Hubby and I (along with about 8 million other New Yorkers, and a bazillion visitors) LOVE the High Line.

If you can’t get on the High Line  for their soup party, check out The Grub Street Festival on Sunday, 10/23/11.

This sounds AWESOME!

I haven’t done this food festival before, but you can bet that I’ll be checking it out on Sunday.

From this website, and this one:

We’ll be putting on the annual Grub Street Food Festival again this year and trust us when we say we are WAY bigger than ever before. We’ve taken over the adjacent tennis courts to Hester, creating 4x more space and we’ll have over 75 food vendors plus some of our very best goods vendors to round out what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest events in the city this weekend.

WHO:  Hester Street Fair and New York Magazine team up to bring you the annual Grub Street Food Festival

WHAT:  Over 75 food restaurants, trucks, purveyors and vendors PLUS over 30 shopping vendors will celebrate the Lower East Side’s biggest and baddest food fest.  Live music will be provided by the good folks of Santos Party House and even their DJs will be “food themed” Michael Laiskonis, head pasty chef at Le Bernadin and Alex Pasternak of the band Lemonade will be spinning all day, so go ahead and dance off those Grub Street bites.

WHEN:  Sunday, October 23 10a-6p FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

WHERE:  Hester Street Fair (corner of Hester & Essex Streets) FJMZ Delancey and F to East Broadway

On Sunday, October 23, Grub Street will once again be taking over the Lower East Side’s Hester Street Fair. Just like last year, we’re hosting a street vendor get-together at the corner of Essex and Hester. Unlike last year, we’ve expanded the space greatly to accommodate the turnout, which means room for more people — and room for more food. Among the glorious eating options you can expect: a host of roll options from Luke’s Lobster; barbecue from Brooklyn’s Char No. 4Daisy Duke’s, and Georgia’s Eastside BBQ; Mexican from places like FondaMexicueDos Toros, and Cascabel; haute dogs from Bark; and plenty of sweets from the Kelvin Natural Slush Co., the Big Gay Ice Cream TeamMacaron Parlour, and more. 

It’s free to get in, and it all goes down between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Going to all of these websites to get the links, and seeing samples of the food vendors that will be there has just made me So Hungry.

I can not wait until Sunday!

I’ll bet there will be dumpling making – YUM!

It’s supposed to be another glorious Fall weekend here in NYC – perfect for soup eating and food festivals.

Come hungry!




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