New York Buzz -- Lower East Side Restaurants Gather for Food Festival


Foodies in New York City will want to check out the Taste of the Lower East Side on Thursday, April 25. The annual food and drink festival benefits the Grand Street Settlement, and the all-you-can-eat tasting extravaganza will be held at the 82Mercer events space.

Gourmands and gourmets alike will be able to sample bites from nearly 50 LES restaurants, cafes and bars, city website Gothamist is reporting, including institutions like Russ & Daughters, wd-50 and Kuma Inn and newcomers like L'Apicio, Pig & Khao and Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria. 

Speaking of the drinks, a three-hour open bar comes with each ticket, with specialty cocktails plus wine and beer all available. 

Bonus: To further benefit the settlement, a Silent Auction includes items like designer shoes, signed guitars and dinner parties with local celebrity chefs.

Interested parties have two options for tickets: The $195 General Admission ticket gives visitors three hours of access to all the goodies; $300 VIP tickets gets extra-hungry guests inside the foodie fest an hour early, guaranteeing they'll get to try the hot-ticket food items before they run out. 

For tickets, click here. For more information, visit or follow @TasteofLES on Twitter.


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