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Four amazing outdoor food festivals to hit up in NYC this weekend

By
Will Gleason
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May is one of the best times of year to spend outside in New York, and there’s no better way to soak up the sun than with a drink in one hand and delicious food in the other. At these open-air fetes happening across the city this weekend, you can enjoy some of the best booze and culinary treats NYC has to offer while also getting a head start on that tan before Memorial Day.

Taste of Tribeca

This outdoor culinary festival brings more than 65 of Tribeca’s restaurants together on the cobblestones of Duane Street to serve up some amazing dishes. Expect tasty food from local eateries including Bouley, Tribeca Grill and the Odeon at the daylong event, which benefits public schools P.S. 150 and P.S. 234. You can also step away from the action on the street to sample beverages from local wine shops and bars.
Duane St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts. Sat 21 11:30am–3pm; $45.

Essex Street Market Block Party

This annual tradition (now in its 76th year!) brings market vendors like Arancini Bros. and Puebla together with Lower East Side restaurants like the Pies ‘n’ Thighs outpost, Grey Lady and Cafe Katja for an old-fashioned block party. Local dessert purveyor Ice & Vice is creating a specialty ice cream flavor for the event that’s inspired by the historic market. A majority of the food will be available for just $5 or less, and there’ll be live music all day long.
Essex St between Delancey and Rivington Sts. Sat 21 noon–5pm; free. 

Passport to Taiwan

This celebration of Taiwanese-American Heritage brings delicacies from the island nation to Union Square for the 15th year this weekend. Stop by to sample delicious treats like intestine vermicelli, lobaben, bamboo tamale, oden and more! You can also peruse traditional crafts for sale in the park and take in live performances from Taiwanese artists. 
E 17th St between Broadway and Park Ave South. Sun 22 noon–5pm; free.

Harlem EatUp!

This four-day festival invites you to taste all that the uptown neighborhood has to offer with one-night-only dinner parties, culinary demonstrations on the EatUp! Main Stage and plenty of live music. On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22, hit up the Stroll Grand Tasting in Morningside Park to enjoy unlimited tastes of some of Harlem’s signature dishes from restaurants including Sylvia’s, Red Rooster and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, as well as craft beer, wine and cocktails.
112th St and Manhattan Ave. Thurs 19–Sun 22 noon–5:30pm; $80.

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