‘Taste’ returns on Sept. 16

Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, an annual street food fair/fundraiser held by the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, will be celebrating its fifth event on Saturday, September 16.

Around 20 restaurants from the neighborhood will be involved, offering tasting of signature dishes, under an open sky. The event, as always, takes place along one block, Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets, from noon-4 p.m.

The money raised from the event goes to two local schools, School of the Future and PS 40.

Alan Krevis, president of GNA, said the event has grown each year in terms of how many tickets get sold, with mostly local people attending as well as some visiting from out of town.

“It’s grown tremendously,” said Krevis. “Last year we sold almost 400 tickets, so it is changing. We’re getting all the foodies. It’s becoming a destination.”

New restaurants participating this year include new Indian spot Chawlas 2, the Parisian-founded Le Coq Rico, noodle chain Wagamama’s Flatiron location, seafood restaurant the Farmer and the Fish and Union Square’s Laut, which specializes in Malaysian and Thai.

A few restaurants to return are BLT Prime, Burger and Lobster, Follia, The Stand and Ichabod’s.

There is no alcohol served at TOGN although SideBar will be preparing a special cocktail while the event is ongoing. Non-alcoholic beverages available will include tea from Lady Mendl’s as coffee, tea and soda. Any food that doesn’t get served will be brought to the homeless via the Bowery Mission.

Tickets for the event come in two types. $40 for six tasting ($50 the day of the event) and $70 for a tasting from each restaurant ($80 the day of the event.) GNA members pay a discounted rate. To get tickets or for more information, visit gnaonline.org.

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