The oldest annual food festival in NYC returns to Hell’s Kitchen with 15 City Blocks of international food merchants as well as family-friendly music and dance shows, art and crafts vendors.
The 41st annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival takes place on the weekend of May 17–18, from 12:00 to 17:00 PM, obviously on 9th Avenue, between 42nd and 57th Streets.
Many Hell’s Kitchen restaurants will showcase their diverse produce. Here are our top picks:
Greek Pastries at the Poseidon Bakery
Opened in 1923(!), Poseidon Greek Bakery is a local heaven of sweet and savory delicious pastries such as the spanakopita (a phyllo pastry filled with spinach and feta) or baklava and fruit strudels for dessert.
629 9th Ave., NYC
Chorizo Sandwiches on Esposito’s Pork Shop
The veteran butchery and meat shop is known for its rich variety of quality, handmade sausages ranging from sweet cheesy sausages to authentic Irish sausages and their trademark pork chorizos.
500 9th Ave.
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Iced Coffee on the Empire Coffee & Tea Company
The veteran Hell’s kitchen establishment has been brewing and serving supreme coffee since 1908. Their refreshing iced coffee drinks, including those named after reality star Snooki, are a refreshing treat.
568 9th Ave.
Brazilian-Style Rice and Beans at Rice N Beans
Rice N Beans is the best place in 9th Avenue for a taste of traditional Brazilian cuisine, offering endless interpretations of the classic rice and beans combination. For a light nibble, don’t miss the Brazilian style cheese puffs and the tropical fruit shake.
744 9th Ave.
Southwestern Chicken Salad at Zuni
Self-described as a “new American” restaurant, Zuni offers large dishes of comfort food with strong Southwestern influence. Staple dishes include chicken salad with corn and the pumpkin seed crusted catfish.
598 9th Ave.
Indonesian Cuisine at Bali Nusa Indah
For an introduction of the Indonesian kitchen visit the Bali Nusa Indah and try their unique variation of fried rice Nasi Goreng, the Java Chicken or the crispy spring rolls.
651 9th Ave.
Fruit Smoothie at the Amish Farmer’s Market
For fresh and organic, visit the west branch of Amish Manhattan Farmer’s Market, where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, nibble a chicken sandwich and drink a kale juice.
731 9th Ave.