By Kristy Ye-Ling
On the afternoon of Saturday, September 16, Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, an annual food festival and fundraiser, was held at Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets. Food stands lined the block, with restaurateurs ladling out tastings under an open, sunny sky.
Over 20 restaurants participated this year including 5 Napkin Burger, Laut, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, BLT Prime, Trattoria Il Mulino, Burger & Lobster, Casa Neta, Chawlas 2 and Farmer & The Fish.
People who came to the event paid tickets ranging in price from $30-$80 with the proceeds going to two local schools. The money raised benefits the healthy lunch programs at PS 40 and a show at School of the Future, put on by the drama department in the high school.
Alan Krevis, president of Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, the organizer of the event, said that when Taste Of Gramercy started five years ago, it was when food fairs were getting popular. Fortunately, most of the restaurants the GNA approached about participating were happy to do so, and represent the “diversity of the neighborhood.”