Summer’s Last Hoorah: Tastes NYC Returns to the Meatpacking District for Its Seventh Year

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Around now, we find ourselves pining for the earlier days of summer when the rosé (seemingly) flowed freely, outdoor food fairs were plentiful and we enjoyed a brief respite from business as usual. For one last celebration before New Yorkers retreat into hibernation though, the seventh annual Tastes NYC will return to Gansevoort Plaza on September 28 to showcase some of the best bites from the Meatpacking district.

From 1—4 p.m. chefs will serve dishes on the cobblestones at Gansevoort Street and 9th Avenue to benefit the NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies (there is also a middle school). Tickets are $40 in advance (or $50 at the event) and will secure visitors six samples.

Tía Pol of Chelsea is celebrating their tenth anniversary with a traditional Galician preparation of pulpo a la gallega, or octopus with potatoes seasoned simply with olive oil, paprika and salt. “We love being able to get outside on a Sunday afternoon to catch up with our neighbors, all while supporting a great cause,” said General Manager of Tía Pol Rose Costello.

Several newcomers this year include Grape & Vine, handing out bites from its market-driven contemporary American menu, and Italian bistro Doppio, as well as established neighborhood favorites Serafina, Fig & Olive and Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque.

Also new this year, Tastes NYC will implement an event-wide zero-waste policy. All the serving utensils and plates will be compostable and recycled. Additionally, leftover food from the event will be donated to Rock and Wrap it Up.

Tastes NYC organizer Susan Ciccotti said that visitors looking for more spirited beverages at the event will unfortunately have to imbibe elsewhere. The cobblestone streets are considered a hazardous walkway and therefore unsafe for alcohol consumption. That being said, the event is a kid-friently one, and families are encouraged to bring their little ones, too.

Read more about the Tastes NYC event here.

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