Vendy Plaza
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Vendy Plaza

If you’re into food options galore, Vendy Plaza comes to you as a Smorgasburg of Harlem. Foodies of New York can now add Vendy Plaza to their Sunday schedules, as the renowned food fair has returned for Summer 2016 with a delicious line up of 17 local street foods. The weekly event will be held at East Harlem’s historic open-air market place, La Marqueta, beginning May 1st and continuing each Sunday from 12-6pm through October.

Spearheaded by City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito with intentions of bringing new life to the iconic east harlem landmark, Vendy Plaza comes back to La Marqueta Retoña for the third year in a row, because obviously, third time’s a charm. Food Before Love Founder Cassandra Rosario, steps in as the new project manager this year with promises to continue the legacy and provide a platform for the best this city has to offer.


“Vendy Plaza is the embodiment of the growing and flourishing street food movement in New York City and across the country,” said Rosario. “This season we are showcasing some of the best local talent and emerging culinary innovations at East Harlem’s iconic La Marqueta, which has long been a community and cultural landmark. I look forward to continuing the legacy and the revitalization of this storied market, as well as providing a platform for the public to appreciate the best New York City vendors have to offer”.

The extensive line up of food vendors will include both locals and Vendy Award winners, and treat lovers can head over to Sprinkle Splash Sweet Shoppe to satisfy their sweet tooth. Sounds inspired by El Barrio’s Puerto Rican and Latino identity will be provided along with ice cold beer from the Brooklyn Brewery.


Vendy Plaza is free and open to the public so RSVP on Facebook for updates each week! If you’re interested in vending at Vendy Plaza all spots are offered free of charge and the application can be found online here. For any additional questions, please write to

Taste of Upper West Side - Shake Shack

Coming to you live from the Upper West Side, the 2016 New Taste of the Upper West Side will return this June for its annual line up of exquisite restaurants, renowned chefs, and celebrity hosts. Created by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), the popular event will donate all proceeds to the surrounding community for projects such as the Columbus Avenue BID’s Sustainable Streetscape project, Theodore Roosevelt Park and other endeavors targeted towards neighborhood improvement.

In the 9 years since its inception, New Taste of the Upper West Side has become an attraction for residents and visitors alike, making it a iconic food destination for all. “Summer in the City: Surf & Turf,” is this year’s newest edition to the event, bringing a beachy theme with summertime and grilling in mind. Additionally, ten new restaurants will make their debut! Tune in below for the line up.

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Friday, June 3rd at 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Summer in the City: Surf & Turf
Imagine a beachy-chic setting with your favorite surf, turf and other seasonal favorites while the rhythms of the Silver Arrow Band delight your eardrums. Get some summertime fun and indulge in the 45 restaurants serving up warm-weather goods with their own innovative twists. Stay tuned for the restaurant debut from two-time Michelin-star chef April Bloomfield and a couple of returning favs such as Momofuku Milk Bar, The Meatball Shop, Jacob’s Pickles, Shake Shack and AG Kitchen.  Anne Burrell, host of Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America and author of “Own Your Kitchen,” and Alex Guarnaschelli, chef/owner of Butter, judge on Food Network’s Chopped, will be your hosts. Click here to purchase tickets!

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Saturday, June 4th at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

The Best of the West brings you the crème de la crème of Upper West Side– the taste of sophistication with the beauty of NYC as the backdrop. Hosted by Sara Gore of NBC’s New York Live and serenaded by Joe Battaglia and his 18-piece New York Big Band, gear up for newcomers such as Crave Fishbar, Olma Caviar Boutique & Lounge, Orwasher’s and Orwasher’s Bakery and Amorino Gelato and regulars RedFarm, Boulud Sud, Dovetail, Jacques Torres and Rosa Mexicano who will be returning for another year. Get your tickets here!
Cost: $135 per person or 2 for $250

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Saturday, June 4th at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Best of the West VIP Presented by 21 West End
If you are in the mood for VIP treatment, this is for you. A private lounge and bar will be featured along with gift bags with items from sponsors. Additionally, you will be granted early access for an entire hour before general admission! Purchase tickets here!
Cost: $135 per person or 2 for $250
We hope to see you there, and of course, come ready to eat!