By Sabina Mollot
On Saturday, Gramercy Neighborhood Associates held its sixth annual Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood food festival, this time selling out all of its available tickets.
The annual event is a fundraiser with proceeds going to two local schools, PS 40 and School of the Future. This year, 23 restaurants, some new to the community, offered tasting of popular dishes on their menus, with additional food businesses as sponsors.
Alan Krevis, president of the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, didn’t say how much the event raised, but ticket prices ranged from $30-$80. Ticket sales were capped at 400 to make sure the participating restaurants would have enough food. Unserved portions of food were brought to the homeless via the Bowery Mission.
Krevis noted that the businesses that have participated in TOGN have commented on how different it is from working at street fairs.
“I tell them it’s because this is local,” he said, adding that the majority of those who attend each year are neighborhood residents.
The afternoon was a beautiful one, weather-wise, which may have helped sales and the only problem to pop up was a minor one when organizers spotted notorious party crasher “Shaggy.” Posing as a journalist, he was there to grub for free grub, albeit mostly unsuccessfully.
Some of the new additions to TOGN were Feast on East 13th Street, Irvington Bar at W Hotel and sister restaurant Taco Electrico, Little Beet Table in Flatiron, Chawla’s 2 on Third Avenue, Kyma in Flatiron, Clocktower at the Edition Hotel and Lady Mendl’s. A few of the spots to return were Paul & Jimmy’s, Follia and Irvington.