By Sabina Mollot
Back for its sixth year, Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, hosted by Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, Inc., will return to Irving Place on Saturday, September 29. This year, the food festival and fundraiser will offer tastings from 25 eateries.
Each year the event has grown in popularity, with the restaurant owners often the ones to reach out to the event’s organizer to participate, the GNA’s president, Alan Krevis, said.
“We’re happy to have the restaurants back with us and we appreciate all the people who’ve been supporting us for the past six years,” he said.
Over the years, the event, which takes place under an open sky, rain or shine, has been frequented by tourists but mostly attended by local foodies.
Some of the participating restaurants this year include Bouley at Home, Boucherie, Caffé Marchio, City Bakery, Junoon, Maialino, Taco Electrico, Tarallucci E Vino and Wagamama.
New additions are Clock Tower, which is located at the New York Edition hotel and the Little Red Beet, both based in Flatiron.
Proceeds will benefit public schools including PS40 and School of the Future, while all excess food will be donated to the Bowery Mission. The team is also working with the Association of Community Employment (ACE), which provides job training and work experience to New York City’s homeless. ACE will help to organize activities during the event and assist in post-event breakdown.
The event will take place on Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets, from noon-4 p.m. For tickets, visit the website. Tickets are $40 for six tastings, for a full tasting (one from each participant), $70.