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The best food and drink events in NYC this summer

This summer, treat your taste buds with Time Out’s list of lip-smacking summer food events

Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.
Ah, summer, the ideal time for dining alfresco. Whether you decide to go picnicking, or enjoy some grub at an outdoor market, baseball game or BBQ block party, summer is all about those delicious eats. Kick off your smorgasbord season the right way with one of these delectable food happenings.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

Madison Square Park heats up with this annual carnivore convention. Top pit masters from across the country–Baker’s Ribs in Dallas, BlackJack Barbecue in Charleston, SC–and local joints like Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Hill Country will dish out wood-fired creations. Seminars, cooking demos and live music round out the festivities.

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Sat Jun 7 - Sun Jun 8

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Neighboring 'hoods Chinatown and LES team up for this 14th-annual cultural smorgasbord. The eclectic block party brings dumpling demos, challah braiding and mah-jongg competitions along Eldridge Street. Eat up kosher egg rolls and egg creams in between Yiddish lessons and Chinese acrobatic performances, or learn about Hebrew and Chinese writing.

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08 Jun 2014

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent.

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04 Jul 2014

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2014

Hungry New Yorkers and tourists alike flock to participating restaurants for this food fest, offering more than 20 days of bang-for-your-buck meals. Nearly 300 eateries will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38. Past restaurants have included Benchmark, Boulud Sud, the Cecil and Nobu.

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Tue Jul 21 - Sat Aug 15


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