Fun food festivals are coming to the Upper West Side and South Street Seaport this month

September 27, 2021

Taste of the Upper West Side in 2019. Photo via Taste of the Upper West Side.

This weekend, Taste of the Upper West Side returns, with more than 80 chefs, restaurants, and culinary personalities celebrating the neighborhood and offering up unlimited food, wine, beer, and spirits. And later this month, Taste of the Seaport will take place at Piers 16 and 17, where over 30 Lower Manhattan restaurants will participate, along with live music and art and a special kids’ zone.

Hosted by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District, Taste of the Upper West Side is the neighborhood group’s annual fundraiser. The event takes place across two evenings, Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 and is located under the BID’s “Grand Tent” on Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets (in the parking lot where the Grand Bazaar flea market takes place). There’s a special 15-percent discount for anyone who purchases tickets with their American Airlines AAdvantage® Mastercard credit card.

On Friday, you can buy $99 tickets for Grillin’ in the City, taking place from 7pm to 10pm. More than 30 popular restaurants will be grilling up their favorite tastes, including newcomer Pekarna, a one-of-a-kind Slovenian/American hotspot. Popular bars Tiki Chick and Nobody Told Me will also be introducing beer-inspired cocktails in the TASTE Biergarten.

On Saturday, you can buy $135 tickets for Best of the West, taking place from 7:30-9:30pm; $215 VIP tickets get you special access at 6:30pm. Emmy Award-winning traffic reporter Lauren Scala is hosting the evening, which will celebrate the perseverance of restaurant owners on the Upper West Side. Some of these favorites include Crave Fishbar, Salumeria Rosi, Tessa, Red Farm, Tavern on the Green, and The Mermaid Inn. There will also be live music by acclaimed group Project Orange. In addition to getting to mingle with celeb chefs, the VIP tickets allow guests exclusive access to a special Bubbly Bar and seating area.


Taste of the Seaport in 2019. Photo via Taste of the Seaport.

Taste of the Seaport is returning for its 11th year on October 16th from 12-3pm. There are a bunch of different ticket options catering to families, but prices start at $45 for an early bird general admission ticket; proceeds support children’s enrichment programs at both Spruce Street School PS 397 & Peck Slip School PS 343. Some participating restaurants include Eataly Downtown, Brooklyn Chop House, Industry Kitchen, Watermark Bar, Beatnic, Fresh Salt, Stout FiDi, Route 66 Smokehouse, and Mac Daddy’s. There will also be a KidZone featuring interactive demonstrations and activities from local vendors, wine and beer tasting in the VIP Lounge, and live music featuring local artists and musicians.

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