Greeley Square Park
Broadway between 32nd & 33rd Sts.
Daily through August 1, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
We are absolute suckers for the spate of trendy food courts popping around the city, from the indoor Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza and the brand-new Hudson Eats in the World Financial Center to the pop-up Mad. Sq. Eats by Madison Square Park and Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. You can also catch us now at Broadway Bites, which continues through August 1 in Greeley Square Park by Macy’s. More than thirty vendors are selling their edibles; you can start with a pastry and a cup of joe from Breads Bakery, then move on to a slice of pizza from Roberta’s, a bulgogi burger from Asiadog, a rice ball from Arancini Bros., barbecue from Mason Jar NYC, takoyaki teriyaki balls from Mimi & Coco NY, a variety of meatballs from Mighty Balls, gluten-free veggie fare from Two Tablespoons, or a burger and truffle fries from Bar Suzette. There’s also California street food from Jicama NYC, Asian street food from Hong Kong Street Cart, Indian from Chutney, Thai from Bangkok Bar, Colombian from Palenque, Korean from Seoul Lee Korean Barbecue, Turkish from MMM Enfes, Mexican from Mexicue, cured meats from Charlito’s Cocina, empanadas from La Sonrisa Empanadas, sandwiches and beer from Mayhem & Stout, Brazilian cuisine from Carnaval, healthy Japanese fusion from Onigiri by Tampopo, and tacos from Brooklyn Taco Co. For dessert, our favorite is Macaron Parlour, but you can also try delights from Stuffed Artisan Cannolis, Nunu Beers & Scoops, La Newyorkina, Gelato Ti Amo, and Melt Bakery. As with Mad. Sq. Eats, it’s worth making a trip to this outdoor food court, not just stop by if you happen to be in the area or are going to or coming from Macy’s, Penn Station, or Madison Square Garden. In addition, we recommend taking your food just a few blocks north on Broadway and find a table amid Chakaia Booker’s public art installation, “The Sentinels,” a collection of sculptures made from tires and tubing.
July 21 - August 15
Lunch $25, dinner $38
The theme of the twenty-third annual Summer Restaurant Week is “Eat Up,” and you can do so at more than three hundred spots serving three-course lunches for $25 and/or dinners for $38. You can find just about any kind of cuisine you’re interested in, from pan-Latin, new American, Cuban, Italian, Asian fusion, Australian, Greek, Mexican, Brazilian, Vietnamese, and Spanish to Indian, Mediterranean, steakhouse, Chinese, seafood, barbecue, Japanese, French, soul food, Peruvian, Thai, African, Korean, and continental. Among the myriad participating eateries are such new and returning favorites as Aureole, Bann, Barbetta, B. Smith’s, Chin Chin, City Crab, City Hall, David Burke Fishtail, Gotham Bar & Grill, I Trulli, Il Mulino, Le Périgord, the Marrow, Megu, Molyvos, and Red Rooster Harlem, many of which have posted their special menus on the promotion’s official website. Below is a small sampling of meals you can put together at ten city favorites.
‘21 Club’: Mediterranean grilled calamari with summer vegetable caponata and preserved lemon; braised baby lamb shank with whipped potatoes, English peas, golden raisins, broccoli rabe, and hazelnut gremolata; roasted peach tart with ginger cream and vanilla ice cream
Bar Boulud: Country-style pâté with chicken liver, pork, and herbs; corn-coated Angus beef flank steak with roasted fingerling potatoes and romaine heart; gâteau chocolat-framboise with chocolate chiffon, passionfruit cremaux, and raspberry gelato
Delmonico’s: Acquerella risotto with ruby red shrimp, charred corn, preserved Meyer lemon, and pea shoots; classic chicken à la Keene with pappardelle pasta, pequilo peppers, wild mushrooms, and sweet peas; Valhrona chocolate cake
Devi: Crispy fish pakora tacos with carom-seed-infused fish fritters with avocado and radish slaw; jackfruit biryani and boondi raita with basmati rice, jackfruit, and yogurt with chickpea crisps; gulab jamun crème brûlée with Indian milk dumplings
Kutsher’s Tribeca: Chilled “borscht” gazpacho with summer corn salsa and crème frâiche; house-cured, smoked, and hand-sliced pastrami on soft rye with creamy cole slaw and French fries; classic New York sour cream cheesecake with fresh berries
Les Halles: Slow-cooked shredded duck rilletes; boneless short ribs braised in white wine and ginger with potato galette; Nutella crème brûlée
Petrossian: Smoked salmon with crème frâiche, dill, and toast points; lightly grilled Spanish mackerel with sushi rice, enoki mushrooms, green onions, spinach, carrots, and ginger in a bonito lime broth; peach crumb cake with vanilla ice cream
Rosa Mexicano: Guacamole en molcajete with avocado, jalapeño, tomato, onion, and cilantro with tortilla chips and salsas; pescado à la Veracruzana with pan-roasted mahi mahi in a traditional salsa of roasted tomatoes, bell peppers, poblanos, pickled jalapeños, olives, mint, and cilantro; flan de Rosa with vanilla flan infused with espresso served on a warm, thin ancho chile brownie and topped with Mexican cinnamon whipped cream
SD26: Wild bass carpaccio, lime, fennel pollen baby cucumbers, and spicy tomato vinaigrette; seared diver sea scallops with purple potatoes, sugar snap peas, fagiolini Verdi, and prosciutto crisps; panna cotta in a balsamic vinegar reduction and strawberries
Tribeca Grill: Chilled pea soup; St. Louis-cut ribs with fingerling potato salad; passionfruit semifreddo
With predictions of sunny skies and mid-80s temperatures, Saturday’s free 4Knots Music Festival at the South Street Seaport is looking better and better. Although Re-TROS had to cancel and won’t be coming from Beijing as scheduled, the rest of the lineup — Mac DeMarco, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Nude Beach, Dead Stars, Crazy Pills, the Viet Cong, and headliners Dinosaur Jr. — is set to fill two stages with sounds ranging from raucous punk to sensitive singer-songwriter guitar pop to a whole lot in between from 1:00 till 8:00. During that time, you can grab eats in the 4Knots Food Truck Courtyard, where you will find Papaya King, the Crepes Truck, Softee Xpress, Shanghai Sogo, Nuchas, twi-ny fave Uncle Gussy’s, and Yankee Doodle Dandy’s. If you feel like turning the beat around and are still ready to party as the sun sets, head to Webster Hall on Eleventh St. for the joint Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival/4Knots After-Party. The Village Voice cohosts this combined affair as well, featuring California rapper Ab-Soul and two special guests, newcomers Jarren Benton and YC the Cynic, in addition to online music curators DJ Meka and Low Key. Although the 4Knots Music Festival is free, the after-party isn’t: Tickets will run you thirty bucks.
4KNOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL SET TIMES
1:00 — Dead Stars, Front/Row Stage
1:30 — Radkey, Pier 16
2:00 — Crazy Pills, Front/Row Stage
2:30 — Speedy Ortiz, Pier 16
3:00 — Juan Wauters, Front/Row Stage
3:30 — Viet Cong, Pier 16
4:00 — Nude Beach, Front/Row Stage
4:30 — Those Darlins, Pier 16
5:30 — Mac DeMarco, Pier 16
7:00 — Dinosaur Jr., Pier 16
Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
89 East 42nd St. between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves.
Monday, July 7, 14, 21, 28, free, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
No, it’s not some cannibalistic event involving unlucky people on their deathbed. Instead, Grand Central’s “Taste of the Terminal” presents visitors a chance to sample food and drink for free from many of the stores and restaurants in the famed location. Every Monday in July, four shops and eateries will be giving away tastings and/or offering special deals from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, followed by another four from 4:00 to 7:00, accompanied by live musical performances courtesy of Music under New York. On July 7, Café Grumpy, O&Co., Shiro of Japan, and Spices and Tease will be highlighted during the early shift, with music by Gabriel Aldort, followed by Ceriello Fine Foods, Ciao Bella Gelato, Li-Lac Chocolates, and Tia’s Place holding down the late shift, with music from guitarist and songwriter Cathy Grier. The full lineup is below.
Monday, July 7, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Café Grumpy, O&Co., Shiro of Japan, Spices and Tease, with music by New Orleans blues keyboardist and vocalist Gabriel Aldort
Monday, July 7, 4:00 – 7:00
Ceriello Fine Foods, Ciao Bella Gelato, Li-Lac Chocolates, Tia’s Place, with music by guitarist and songwriter Cathy Grier
Monday, July 14, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Financier Patisserie, LittleMissMatched, O&Co., Oren’s Daily Roast, with music by violinist Susan Keser
Monday, July 14, 4:00 – 7:00
Beer Table to Go, Manhattan Chili Co., Neuhaus Créateur Chocolatier, Zaro’s Bakery, with music by the Poor Cousins
Monday, July 21, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Joe the Art of Coffee, O&Co., Shiro of Japan, Tia’s Place, music TBA
Monday, July 21, 4:00 – 7:00
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Li-Lac Chocolates, Manhattan Chili Co., Spices and Tease, music TBA
Monday, July 28, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, LittleMissMatched, Shiro of Japan, Zaro’s Bakery, music TBA
Monday, July 28, 4:00 – 7:00
Ciao Bella Gelato, Financier Patisserie, Neuhaus Créateur Chocolatier, Oren’s Daily Roast, music TBA
San Jose’s Joey Chestnut did it again last year, devouring a record sixty-nine hot dogs in ten minutes to win the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest for the seventh consecutive year. Sonya Thomas, the number five overall Major League Eater in the world — Chestnut is #1 — took home the women’s belt for the third straight year by consuming 36¾ dogs. Chestnut also currently holds the record for apple pie, asparagus, brain tacos, brats, chicken wings, chili, corned beef sandwiches, eggs, fish tacos, funnel cake, grilled cheese sandwiches, Krystal hamburgers, horseshoe sandwiches, short form ice cream, jalapeno poppers, Kolaches, pastrami, Philly cheesesteaks, Pizza Hut P’Zones, pork ribs, pulled pork, poutine, salt potatoes, shrimp cocktail, shrimp wontons, tacos, tamales, and Twinkies, while Thomas is tops in Armour Vienna sausage, long course baked beans, buffalo chicken tenders, cheesecake, cherrystone clams, chicken nuggets, chili cheese fries, crab cakes, crawfish, deep-fried okra, fruitcake, Big Daddy hamburgers, thickburgers, jambalaya, Maine lobster, meatballs, oysters, quesadillas, sweet potato casserole, toasted ravioli, turducken, and whole turkey. The event will also feature live music by the Brooklyn Community Choir, the Heavenly Chillbillies, the Skyriders, and former competitive eater turned rapper Eric “Badlands” Booker. To make it all a little more palatable, Nathan’s will donate one hundred thousand hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City. For a different perspective on the event, with a special focus on the Takeru Kobayashi controversy, check out Jeff Cerulli and Barry Rothbart’s documentary Hungry.
PUSSY RIOT — A PUNK PRAYER (Mike Lerner & Maxim Pozdorovkin, 2012)
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd.
Rescheduled for Wednesday, August 27, free, 7:00
The slogan “Free Pussy Riot!” is being shouted around the world — and was even seen on Madonna’s back — ever since the Russian government arrested three members of punk collective Pussy Riot after they staged an anarchic performance of less than one minute of “Mother Mary, Banish Putin!” at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on February 21, 2012. British documentary producer Mike Lerner and Russian filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin follow the sensationalistic trial of Pussy Riot leaders Maria “Masha” Alyokhina, Nadezhda “Nadia” Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina “Katia” Samutsevich as they each face years in prison for social misconduct and antireligious behavior for what some consider a sacrilegious crime and others view as freedom of speech. The three women do a lot of eye rolling and smiling in court as they are enclosed in a glass booth, proud and unashamed of what they did, continuing to make their points about the separation between church and state, feminism, freedom, and the seemingly unlimited power of Vladimir Putin. Lerner and Pozdorovkin speak with Masha’s mother and Nadia’s and Katia’s fathers, all of whom fully support their daughters’ beliefs and discuss what their children were like growing up. Meanwhile, other members of Pussy Riot and men and women across the globe take to the streets and airwaves to try to help free the incarcerated trio, who are responsible for such songs as “Kill the Sexist,” “Death to Prison, Freedom to Protests,” and “Putin Lights Up the Fires.” Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer is screening August 27 in Long Island City as part of Socrates Sculpture Park’s free summer Outdoor Cinema series and will be preceded by live music from Tessa Makes Love; Russian food from Pomegranate will be available for purchase as well. The sixteenth annual series continues through August 27 with such other international fare as Moussa Touré’s La Pirogue, Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins, and Vittorio De Sica’s Umberto D. (The program was originally scheduled for July 2 but was postponed because of the weather.)