Village Voice’s Ninth Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event

Once again we testing our eating limits at the Village Voice’s Ninth Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event. While our eyes were definitely much bigger than our stomachs, we surrendered as much as we could during this fantastic, annual foodie event. Sixty-five handpicked restaurants (selected by food critics) from all five New York City boroughs were on hand to delight the vast crowd with their delicious menu offerings. The very diverse group of attendees indulged on cuisines from over thirty-five countries, including Vietnamese, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Tunisian, Greek, Cajun/Creole, and much more.

This time around, we wanted to experience the restaurants we’ve never tried before in the pursuit of discovering new foodie delights, so here are some of our indulgences from the Village Voice’s Ninth Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event:

The Meatball Shop – Shawarma Balls with Tahini Sauce

The Handpulled Noodle – Spicy Cumin Lamb Ding Ding Chopped Noodles

Quality Eats – Grilled Nueske’s Bacon with Peanut Butter and Jalapeno Jelly

Streets BK – Peri Peri Wings over Mango Slaw

Once again we tried our strategy of eating, taking breaks here and there to walk around, and go back to sampling. This time around we periodically drank Polar Seltzer Water to help in our digestion. Check out the other savory delights we indulged in before we hit the dessert tables, including an amazing chicken and rice dish from Fonda, the decadent Brussel sprouts creation from Queens Comfort, divine tacos from Javelina Tex-Mex and The Black Ant, yummy curry from the recently highlighted Awadh, and much more.

After we had our fill of savory, it was time to partake of the Choice Sweets portion of Choice Eats. We indulged in doughnuts from Dough and Doughnut Plant, eclairs from Sugar Couture, ice cream from Odd Fellows, and fair trade chocolate from Whole Foods and Barkthins.

When we were done, we were ready to be rolled out of the event. Once again the Choice eats does not disappoint when it comes to experiencing a wonderful variety of foods from many countries. Have you attended any or do you plan on attending a Village Voice Choice Eats Tasting Event? What was your experience like?

Village Voice Announces 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event**UPDATE*”*

Hello, fellow foodies! Are you ready to go on another great Village Voice food journey? The Village Voice just announced it’s 9th Annual Choice Eats tasting event, taking place on Friday, March 11th. Are you ready to feast on cuisines from over 35 nations, including Vietnamese, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Tunisian, Greek, and Cajun, Creole and many more? Keep reading for more information on what is sure to be another great event filled with foodie delights.

Village Voice Announces 9th Annual 'Choice Eats' Tasting Event

The tasting event will feature an array of 50+ handpicked restaurants from all five New York City boroughs, and will take place from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 W. 18th St. As of today 29 restaurants have signed on to share their delicacies with attendees, including Ample Hills Creamery, Awadh, Broken Spoke Rotisserie, Calle Dao, Doughnut Plant, Egg, El Quinto Pino, Emmy Squared, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Fonda, Genuine Superette, The Handpulled Noodle, ilili Restaurant, Kuma Inn, Le Fond, Luke’s Lobster, Mable’s Smokehouse, The Meatball Shop, Meat Hook Sandwich Shop, No. 7 Veggie, Queens Comfort, Raclette, Robicelli’s, Socarrat Paella Bar, StreetsBK, Swine, Veselka Restaurant, Victory Garden, Xe May Sandwich Shop, with many more to be announced.

As always, Choice Eats events feature three tiers of ticket options – General Admission tickets ($70.00), Early Entry tickets ($85.00), and VIP tickets ($99.00). All guests will have the opportunity to indulge in the best dishes from restaurants the Village Voice has reviewed and heralded, along with complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. All Early Entry tickets allow guests to get a half hour head start on tasting and sipping. The VIP ticket will allow guests admission to the full event one hour early, with access to a private VIP Lounge that will feature a private bar, restrooms, snacks, and an exclusive VIP gift bag per person. For more details on this year’s event, and the three ticket options, head over to

As always, the Village Voice will once again partner with a great charitable organization. This year marks their 8th year working with the non-profit organization Slow Food NYC as the charitable partner of Choice Eats, and as before, a portion of proceeds will be shared with Slow Food NYC. So come one and all to savor the various flavors and foods that will be available at the Village Voice 9th Annual Choice Eats Tasting Event, hope to see you there.

**UPDATE**: Twenty-four new restaurants have been added to the growing list of participating restaurants including: Bara, The Black Ant, Black Tree, BOOMWICH, Breads Bakery, Brooklyn Bread Lab, Flinders Lane, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., Irvington Bar + Restaurant, Kailash Parbat, Loi Estiatorio, Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, Maima’s Liberian Bistro, Mexico Lindo, Obica Mozzarella Bar, Ofrenda Cocina Mexicana, Osteria Cotta, Papa’s Kitchen, Quality Eats, Schaller Stube, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Spicy Bampa, Sweet Generation, and Thai Rock.