Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood returns

Trattoria Il Mulino (Photos by Kristy Ye-Ling)

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.

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‘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.”

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Fundraiser tonight for non-Sandy related disaster – the East Yoga fire

Firemen respond to East Yoga on November 4.

East Yoga, a studio located on East 13th Street, was destroyed in an electrical fire on November 4. However, owners are hoping to reopen and a benefit will be held tonight, Sunday, November 18 from 6 p.m.-closing time at Pouring Ribbons. Pouring Ribbons, a new cocktail lounge, located at 225 Avenue B, has donated the space (on the second floor) for the occasion and at least 10 percent of all food and drink sales will be donated to East Yoga’s rebuilding efforts. There will also be a silent auction featuring everything from homemade scarves to Adirondack getaways.

At this time, there are still plenty of ways to get involved, like donate a product or service to the auction or offer legal and or real estate assistance at reduced rates for the reopening effort. To help, contact info@eastyoga.com. Organizers are hopping to meet a $10,000 goal by December 9 to cover expenses related to the fire.

In the meantime, classes are being held at various temporary locations, including Alphabet City Sanctuary. Check East Yoga’s website for the latest updates.

To donate, visit East Yoga partner Lucky Ant. Free classes are being offered as a reward for donations.

Inside the studio