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

Cascalote Guacamole

Cascalote Guacamole

Finding a great restaurant is far and a few between. It’s even more rare, to find one in my neighborhood of Spanish Harlem, but always a pleasure when I do. For the past few months, I’ve been keeping Cascalote Latin Bistro a secret but it’s time to share. However, if you rather stay uptown, you can always check out Solace.

Cascalote Punch

Cascalote is located on 109th street, off Second Avenue and you may just miss it if you’re walking by too fast. This quaint restaurant is a mom and pop shop with the parents in the kitchen and their lovely daughters as the wait staff. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu here, and I’ve almost had it all. Sometimes they don’t have mimosas, but the punch here is delicious and will give you the same boozy buzz, if not a better one.

Cascalote French Toast

On my first visit, I tried the burger and since then I have had, the steak and eggs, chilaquiles, french toast, pork chop, guacamole, maduros and Brazilian cheese bread. The cheese bread is something I must order every time because it’s so fresh and warm. The cheese flavor is only subtle and it’s a great way to tease your palette.

GO EARLY. Their space is limited but never a long wait and the service staff will always try to accommodate you as much as possible. Again, everything on the menu is worth having so bring your appetite because the portions are healthy.

Cascalote Bread