Your Guide to Celebrating LDW in NYC!

When you think of LDW (Labor Day Weekend), the images of beaches and celebratory BBQs most often come to mind. But for others, LDW means watching the city empty out and enjoying all of the amazing parts of New York without the crowds. If a long weekend getaway isn’t accessible for you (which is the case for many New Yorkers), there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the days that are dedicated to acknowledging the contributions of workers throughout the country.

From food and drinks to live sporting events, it’s easy to find activities to take part in with friends and family while you say goodbye to summer and prepare for fall. Here are a few ways for you to celebrate LDW like a true New Yorker!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry at Maison Premiere: Many restaurants extend their happy hours or offer discounts on food over Labor Day Weekend but our favorite way to celebrate is at Maison Premiere in Brooklyn. Opening at noon on Labor Day, enjoy live jazz, fresh seafood and BBQ specials while sipping on delicious drinks. To check out all of the details and make a reservation, click here!

Watch the Classics at The Met’s Live in HD Festival: The Summer HD Festival hosted by The Metropolitan Opera runs from August 23rd to September 2nd and features ten amazing performances, including Aida, Carmen and Luisa Miller. Join over 3,000 of your closest friends and neighbors (not kidding) as they watch the music come to life. Bonus: it’s free! Check out the full line up of performances here.

Experience the West Indian Day Parade: There ain’t no party like the West Indian Day Parade party… which also happens to fall on Labor Day! This parade is the culmination of New York Caribbean Carnival Week, ending with a seven hour carnival that runs down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer while immersing yourself in Caribbean culture AND some amazing costumes!

Attend a U.S. Open Match: The U.S. Open Tennis Championships start on August 26th bringing the best tennis players in the world to Queens. With multiple games going on each day, you have plenty of options to fit this thrilling tournament into your schedule. Need recommendations for where to eat while you’re there? We got you covered.

Take a Dip in Astoria Park!: Sometimes you just gotta beat the heat. And if you’re looking to cool off anywhere, make it at the Astoria Park pool. The largest swimming pool in NYC, it’s conveniently located under the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and walking distance to some of the best bars and restaurants that Astoria has to offer. But don’t miss your chance- it closes for the season on September 8th!


Where to Eat at the 2019 U.S. Open

Nothing can beat watching a live sporting event. Whether you’re inside the stadium or somewhere else, watching the game can be almost as intense as playing. There’s something exciting about cheering for your favorite team or player, and nothing beats the deep emotion you feel when they are victorious.

And what would a sporting event be without great food. One of the biggest sporting events in New York this year is the U.S. Open, which runs for two weeks starting Mon, 26 August and finishing Sun, 8 September. Both inside and outside the famous tennis grounds is a long list of wonderful establishments where you can sample some of the city’s best food. Here are three places you must try if you’re watching the U.S. Open this year.

Champions Bar & Grill

Champions Bar & Grill is a U.S. Open fan favorite and is famous for its meat cuts including a clothesline of bacon. Another favorite is the Ivanaka Salad, served with your choice of shrimps, salmon or chicken. Prices range from $11 to $30 – just what you would expect from a trendy, upscale eatery that will let you watch the tournament from the comfort of the bar’s leather chairs. The Champions Bar & Grill has multiple TVs – all of which are guaranteed to play live matches during the tournament. Whether you are having a break from watching the tennis live or want to catch a game while you eat, you won’t miss a single point.

The Heineken Red Star Patio Café & Bar

The Heineken Red Star is located within the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and only available to those who are fortunate enough to get tickets to the tournament. City Guide NY recommends The Heineken Red Star Patio Café & Bar for having the best grab-and-go offerings. The recommended choices include the grilled chicken sandwich and lobster club. In its spot on the eastern patio at the center court, it now provides its customers an amazing view of the tournament grounds. It’s also one of the best places to pick up a souvenir glass to take home.

Tianjin Dumpling House

Flushing is a small neighborhood to the east of the USTA Billy Jean King National Tennis Center and home to New York’s very own Chinatown. Tianjin Dumpling is a hidden gem in the basement of the Golden Shopping Mall, a food court located on Main Street. The place is famous for its lamb and green squash dumplings that will cost you $5 for a plate of 12. You must also try their steam buns, fried scallion cakes, and tea eggs. It’s the perfect budget-friendly place to visit in between matches. And as a bonus you will get to see part of New York’s diverse culture.

Who Will Win U.S. Open 2019?

The question on everybody’s lips (in between mouthfuls) is who will win the tournament this year. As the competition draws near many are speculating on who they think will be triumphant in this year’s tournament. The popular picks include up-and-coming Alexander Zverev and tennis veteran Serena Williams.

Zverev’s stellar performance during the 2018 ATP Finals Championship, has resulted in him being hailed as the next big thing to take over from the likes of Djokovic, and he is one of the favorites this year.

Despite failing to win her 24th Grand Slam title last year, Williams is a clear favorite to win this year’s tournament. Her success at this competition (six titles) is a big part of why Serena Williams is the fourth highest earning tennis player of all-time, and the top female earner. With 23 Grand Slams, and maybe a 24th on its way, she will certainly be the one to watch in the women’s side of the draw.

Food is a key part to enjoying a sporting experience, and as the aforementioned places show, the U.S. Open has a wide range of options for every budget. Even if your favorite players don’t win, at least your palette will.


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Quick & Simple Patriotic Fare for Any 4th of July Party!

You just got invited to a last minute 4th of July party/BBQ that you need to bring a dish to… (panic ensues). We’ve all been there. When the only thing on your mind is enjoying a long weekend away from work, brainstorming celebratory recipes that you can create in the next 24 hours isn’t always easy. So we’re here to help!

We scoured the Internet and came up with our top picks for 4th of July themed dishes that are easy to create when you’re crunched for time or don’t feel like putting too much energy into cooking or baking during the holiday weekend. These recipes are quick and easy to follow, but still make it look like you put a lot of thought into choosing the perfectly themed food to commemorate our independence with friends and family. Whether you go for an appetizer, salad, side or dessert, you can’t go wrong with these red, white and blue eats. Happy celebrating! 🇺🇸


American Flag Vegetable Tray: A crudites platter is a staple at any party because every guest can enjoy it, especially if you have picky eaters in the group. Mix and match with your favorite veggies. The American flag display is a festive way to make this appetizer memorable.

Margherita Flatbread: We’re missing the blue in this dish but the 15 minute production makes up for it. This flatbread is so easy to make, you could do it an hour before! However, it’s important to keep in mind that this will only serve bite-size pieces for about 2-3 people so you’ll need to make a few, depending on the size of the party!

Fig, Goat Cheese, Bacon, Honey Crostini: This delightful crostini is topped with a variety of items to make this appetizer explode with flavor. Although a little more complicated, it’s the perfect way to impress at a BBQ.


Watermelon Strawberry Caprese Salad: This mouthwatering salad combines watermelon, strawberries, fresh basil and feta cheese to create a unique and refreshing alternative to your standard green salad. And if you’re focused on color scheme, throw in some blueberries to incorporate the blue!

Red, White and Blue Potato Salad: This potato salad doesn’t just look pretty, it’s a filling side dish that will complement any entree. The recipe does recommend chilling for 2 hours for optimal taste so keep that in mind if you’re in a rush!

Classic Grilled Corn on the Cob: This side dish requires a little more time but is worth the wait. What says “summer BBQ” more than corn on the cob?! And the basil butter parmesan topping? Yes, please.


4th of July S’mores Dip: Not only does this dish take just 20 minutes to create (perfect if you’re really in a pinch), it’s a great way to upgrade a classic, crowd-pleasing dessert and make it festive!

Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Strawberries: If you’re looking for a lighter dessert option, these bite-size cheesecake strawberries are our go to. They’re delicious, super cute presentation-wise and requires only six ingredients.

Brownie Flag: Feeling more adventurous? This brownie flag cake takes a little longer than most of our other dishes but is a really good option if you’re not too pressed for time. It’s especially good for bigger parties since it yields 24 servings.


FoodtoEat’s Favorites: Places to Dine in NYC During the Summer

If you’re like the FoodtoEat team, the warmer weather and sunshine has you dying to be outside all. day. long. Living in New York, it always seems like winter lasts six months and summer lasts two weeks so we try our best to take advantage of every sunny day. Whether that means going for a quick walk during lunchtime or lounging in the park after work, we really try to soak in all of the benefits of the summer months. And one of the best benefits is going out to eat, which also happens to be our favorite pastime!

We don’t know what it is about the summer but the longer days seem to make it more socially acceptable to eat out for every meal and the beautiful weather is an easy way to justify why our wallets are getting much, much lighter. But, as we all sadly know, summer is a fleeting season so we’ll continue to enjoy wining and dining ourselves while we can. And we hope that you’ll join us!

Below we’ve listed our top recommendations for summer spots to enjoy a meal with friends or coworkers in NYC. These restaurants always have an amazing atmosphere and even more delicious food that will keep you coming back again and again. So check them out and start planning your visit. And make sure to tag us with your favorite dish @foodtoeat!

Tracey’s Pick: Brooklyn Crab (Red Hook, Brooklyn). Although the restaurant itself isn’t super fancy, you won’t find fresher seafood than Brooklyn Crab. It’s a large place with indoor and outdoor seating, games and great views of the New York Harbor. The vibe of the restaurant is very laid back and casual so if you’re looking to relax with a group of friends, it’s a great spot to check out. But get there early- it tends to get crowded early on the weekends in the summer!

Jaimie’s Pick: Boulton & Watt (East Village, Manhattan). This American gastropub has something for everyone with it’s wide mix of dishes, from kale and quinoa salad to mahi mahi fish tacos. It’s known as a big neighborhood hangout where you can find people drinking a beer and watching the game as well as sitting in a corner eating brunch and sipping on some unique cocktails. The best thing about this restaurant is their large windows, which cover three of their four walls, bringing in a lot of natural sunlight and (hopefully) a breeze when they’re opened up during the summer. 

Ciara’s Pick: Beebe’s (Boro Hotel in Long Island City). Located in the lobby of the Boro Hotel, Beebe’s is a must if you’re looking for consistently delicious food in Long Island City. Known for their “old school” thin crust pies and homemade pasta, this restaurant has a great balance of your favorite dishes in a modern setting with floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor seating. The best part about Beebe’s is that it serves as the hotel’s main restaurant, so if there aren’t any tables available, you can always head up to their rooftop bar while you wait and enjoy some amazing views of Manhattan.

Deepti’s Pick: Supper (East Village, Manhattan). Although most people recommend rooftop eateries during the summer, the food at Supper is too tasty not to visit all year round. This authentic Italian restaurant is known for it’s super fresh ingredients and handmade pasta that makes each dish more flavorful than the next. It’s a smaller space but the ability to watch the chefs work their magic from multiple angles in the restaurant is what makes this place so unique. (Plus they do have a handful of tables outside the restaurant if you’re lucky enough to get them!)



Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts for the Mom in Your Life!

This Sunday, May 12th, is Mother’s Day and if you’re like most people you probably didn’t realize that we’re already in the second week of May (when did that happen?!) or you’ve thought about a few gift ideas but haven’t quiiiiite gotten around to purchasing one. Well it’s time to get down to business because you only have a few days left and you don’t want to be the person that shows up empty-handed on Mother’s Day!

In order to help you narrow down your search (and be realistic about what gifts you can pick up before Sunday) we’ve compiled a list of suggestions that are our favorite go-to’s on Mother’s Day. Not only are all of these gifts things you can get within a limited time frame, they can fit into any budget because they’re all items that can be as inexpensive or as pricey as you make them. But let’s be honest, moms are superheros, so don’t you want to splurge a little?! Whatever way you choose to celebrate, the most important thing is that you choose a gift specific to the interests or passions of the mom that you’re honoring on this important day and, above all, let her know how much she’s loved.

Personalized Cupcakes: Nothing says “I love you” like a cupcake that literally says “I love you” or “Thanks Mom” or a cute message that only mom will understand. Personalized cupcakes or cookies add that extra little touch that elevates a dessert and makes it a little more special. Of course if you’d rather not customize your food, picking up her favorite dessert or a new treat that you know she’s been wanting to try is always a good way to mark a celebration! 

Gift Certificate for a Manicure/Pedicure or a Day at the Spa: TREAT YO MOM! There’s nothing that women love more than not paying for beauty treatments, especially ones that they wouldn’t buy for themselves. So skip ordering takeout for the next few days and save up some money to put towards a gift card for a manicure/pedicure at her favorite nail salon or a facial at the spa. When it comes to Mother’s Day gifts, allowing mom to relax and pamper herself is a great way to show her that you appreciate everything that she does for you and that you want her to spend some time taking care of herself.

Mother Day's Spots

Jewelry: Jewelry is always a solid gift option, as long as you know her taste (if not, make sure to get a gift receipt!). And it’s another way that you can get something that she normally wouldn’t get for herself. However, there are many options with jewelry- earrings, bracelet, watch, necklace, ring- so it’s important that you err on the side of caution and pick something that you know she would wear. If you’re not sure, try consulting with friends or family for their opinion. But if all else fails: always keep it simple.

Try an Experience: If you don’t think she’s interested in material items, gift an experience! This can be anything from a concert to a workout class to brunch to a trip to a museum. As long as you know that it’s something that she would enjoy doing, an experience can be a great way to spend quality time with your loved one or allow her to do something on her own.

Flowers: Although flowers may seem like a small gift compared to some of the other ones that we’ve suggested, don’t underestimate the power that flowers have to brighten someone’s day. Something as simple as a bouquet of her favorite flowers can be an extremely thoughtful gift that she’ll appreciate.


Celebrating Earth Day as a Team!

Last year we wrote an article about the small changes that you can make at the office (or at home) to protect the Earth. This year we’re focused on advocating for actions that your office can take as a team to improve the Earth together! Whether you’re doing this on Earth Day (Monday, April 22nd) or any day in April, it’s important to take part in this global movement to preserve our planet and prevent the destruction of our plant and wildlife populations. Encourage your team to make an impact by organizing a company-wide event, even if it’s only for a few hours!

Below we’ve listed ideas of activities that your office can do to celebrate Earth Day. Although it may seem insignificant, doing a small act of green with your colleagues can make a much larger impact. And not only is it rewarding to give back to the planet we live on, you have another reason to celebrate with your coworkers! Email us at to order some custom Earth Day treats for you and your team to enjoy after helping to protect our planet!

1. Plant a tree. Planting trees is one of the easiest ways to fight climate change. Not only does it add beauty to the environment, trees absorb CO2 and other harmful gases and release more oxygen into the atmosphere. They also provide a habitat for birds and other animals.

2. Clean up a local park or beach. All this activity requires is gloves, garbage bags and free time! Choose a park or beach close to your office and spend an hour or two picking up trash that may be cluttering the area. Cleaning up parks and beaches helps to improve air and water quality and keeps animals from getting injured or killed by items such as plastic bags, string, cigarette butts and glass.

3. Schedule an outdoor activity. The best way to increase appreciation for the environment is to get outdoors! Book group workout in Central Park or plan a hike for your team at a nearby mountain. Being around nature will remind employees why it’s so important to take care of our planet and continue acts of green all year round.

4. Host a meat-less lunch! Can’t get out of the office? Organize a team lunch with vegetarian or vegan menu items only! According to the Earth Day Network, the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gases. Limiting your meat consumption, even one day a year, can help lower the amount of greenhouse gases emitted each year.



April Events You Should Be Celebrating… with Food.

Unfortunately spring hasn’t sprung so we’re still waiting to celebrate the change of seasons with some fresh fruit and veggies and a glass of sangria (talk to us in a few weeks). But winter is coming. And so is baseball season and the last round of March Madness. And in order to prepare for these exciting April events, we’re breaking down not only what you should be celebrating but also the appropriate foods to celebrate with. Because you’ll need something to chew on during those anxiety-ridden moments other than your nails!

Final Four: The final games of March Madness will be this Saturday, April 6th before the NCAA National Championship game on Monday, April 8th. And regardless of who you have in your bracket, making sure that your snacks are on point for your watch party is a must. Below are our picks for the best food from each team’s home state and how you can re-create them for game day snacking!

Game of Thrones Premiere: The eighth and final season of GOT premieres on Sunday, April 14th and we have zero chill (pun intended). As we prepare to watch the living and the dead battle it out, there’s nothing better than taking a food-filled trip down memory lane with dishes that highlight all of the craziest moments from this iconic show. Because who doesn’t want to kill, bake and serve Walder Frey’s sons to him like Arya?!

Baseball: Baseball season has already started, with both New York teams having their home opener games within the last two weeks. And though most people think hot dogs and peanuts when they think of baseball, the options have gotten much more diverse in the last few years. So if you’re catching the game IRL, these are our go-to foods at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Yankee Stadium:

  • Lobel’s Steak Sandwich
  • Bareburger’s Avocado Bites
  • Big Mozz’s Mozz Sticks
  • Mighty Quinn’s MQRib Sandwich

Citi Field:

  • Fuku Fried Chicken Sandwich
  • Emmy Squared Colony pizza
  • Shake Shack’s ShackBurger
  • Mister Softee Waffle Cone

Want to replicate these items at home? Here are the best recipes to make you feel like you’re at the ballgame… even when you’re sitting on your couch.



Feeding Your Team with Purpose Attracts Talent and Improves Office Culture

In January 2019, Managed by Q, a workplace management platform, released their 2019 Workplace Trends Report, which focuses on the belief that a human-centered office is the new trend on the rise in the corporate world. According to their research and their experience working with companies across the U.S., the growth of responsive, interactive technology and the ascension of the “millennial” generation into the workforce and subsequently into leadership roles, has created a corporate landscape where employees are demanding more from their employers than ever before. 

Millennials have been cited for creating a more interactive approach to work and their personal lives, coining the term “work-life balance” to explain the integration of the two. This new approach has caused millennials (as well as employees of every generation) to place a high value on community and purpose-driven work, which they’re actively seeking from the companies that they work for. Due to this shift in motivation within the workplace, in their report Managed by Q identified five trends that they believe companies must adopt “to effectively attract and retain top talent”. They are: the technological evolution of human-centered workplace design; the rise of co-working and the focus on workplace hospitality; flexible workplace policies; culture is essential for employee recruitment and retention; and diversity and inclusion are fundamental business practices. However, we believe that most important of these trends is the cultivation of office culture, which is where Managed by Q specifically referenced our company. Because at FoodtoEat, our concierge catering service helps to improve office culture in three specific ways.

Managed by Q’s research shows that today “individuals seek to cultivate a greater connection to one another”, which is why we advocate for team meals in every office. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, team meals help to foster a sense of community within the office. They bring together individuals from every department and allow them to discuss common interests, examine operations for areas of improvement and interact with and learn from individuals with differing opinions and beliefs. This exchange of ideas improves team work and invites creative solutions to issues that the company may be facing. Rather than being a “perk” that looms overhead, hinting that it could be taken away at any moment, building team meals into the fabric of office life encourages a collaborative environment where co-workers rely on one another for help and reinforces the idea that perfection isn’t realistic. Mistakes help employees learn and grow and allow them to think outside the box when problem-solving or finding ways to prevent future mistakes. 

Being that employees are the most valuable asset in a company, corporate catering is also a way to recognize and reward them. Celebrating holidays, birthdays and personal and professional milestones is a way for companies to show that they understand an individual’s value and are appreciative of it. Showing appreciation for someone’s work or personal achievement is a simple yet effective way to demonstrate that, as an employer, you are invested in their happiness and honor these moments as well. Whether it’s ordering their favorite dessert or sitting down for lunch together, creating that time during the day to make an employee feel seen and respected is key to showing your commitment to them as a part of your team. That recognition increases productivity because it incentivizes employees to continue to invest their time, energy and passion into the work that they do. As Managed by Q found, “employees want to feel like work gives them a personal purpose” and purpose can only continue to be a motivating factor when it is identified and applauded.

More than the connection created through team meals or the recognition of individuals in the workplace, our mission to work with immigrant, women and minority-run food businesses throughout NYC is what sets us apart from other catering services. Employees in the corporate environment want “an opportunity to be part of something larger than themselves” and by working with our service, they’re able to directly impact their local food community. Employees are looking for companies that not only appreciate them but also have a set of values as a company that guide their decision-making and positively impact the larger public. Because of the union of work and life that employees have become accustomed to, they want to be a part of a company that connects with their personal ethics and lifestyle choices. More and more, employers are being asked about how they’re creating a cycle of social good in their communities and being held to a higher standard by their employees. Working with our company, not only does an employer reward their own employees, they also send a clear message on what they value as a brand, which attracts individuals that agree with that message and creates a strong culture of like-minded people working towards a common purpose.


DIY Game Day Snacks!

The big game is right around the corner (ICYMI, the Super Bowl is this Sunday) and it’s time to focus on the most important part of the day: the food. If you’re not taking advantage of a  Super Bowl special at your favorite bar or restaurant, it’s time to get your menu ready for the snack-a-thon that Super Bowl Sunday is known for.

Lucky for you, we’ve taken the liberty of breaking down the recipes of some of our favorite football eats that are always a crowd-pleaser. Not only are these appetizers delicious, they’re easy to make and don’t take more than 30 minutes from prep to passing to your guests. Plus they’re lighter and less greasy than your typical football finger foods so they won’t make you feel as guilty for cheating on that New Year’s diet (we all do it, the diet gods forgive you). Check out the recipes below and start perfecting your touchdown dance, cause these snacks will have you #winning all game long!

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Recipe makes 10-15 pieces

You’ll Need:

1 package egg roll wrappers

1 8 oz package cream cheese

1 cup Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup Buffalo sauce

2 chicken breasts OR 1 cup of shredded or diced chicken

1 egg

2 scallions (for garnish)

For this recipe, you have the option to buy a cooked rotisserie chicken and shred it OR buy raw chicken, dice into small 1/2 inch pieces and saute in a pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil- either way works! When your chicken is ready, add cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and Buffalo sauce in a bowl and mix until combined. Once you have your mixture, add 2 tablespoons to the center of the egg roll wrapper and roll (following the instructions on the egg roll wrapper package). In order to seal the egg roll, you’ll need to use the scrambled egg. Use a brush to dip into the raw egg and rub along the edge to secure it (if you don’t have a brush, your finger works as well). Once secured, bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Once cool, serve with your favorite condiment (we recommend Ranch or Blue cheese)!

Pro tip: If you have it, these Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls taste even better in the air fryer. Cook for about 8 minutes and enjoy!

Zucchini “Fries”

Recipe serves 4 

You’ll Need:

2 zucchini

1 cup Panko breadcrumbs

1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1 egg

On a flat plate, add the Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, Panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. In a separate bowl, scramble the egg. Next cut off the ends of the zucchini and slice into individual “fries”. Once the zucchini is cut up, dip in the raw egg and then in the breadcrumb/cheese mixture to coat the zucchini. Repeat until all of the zucchini are prepped. Set the oven to 425 degrees and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Plate and serve with your favorite marinara sauce or garlic aioli. Yum!

Pro tip: You can make the Zucchini “Fries” in the air fryer as well! Cook for about 6-8 minutes and serve!


Recipe serves 4-6 

You’ll Need:

3 avocados

1/2 small red onion

1 Cubanelle pepper

1 lime

1 small handful of cilantro

2 large cloves of garlic

2 plum tomatoes



Chop red onion, Cubanelle pepper, garlic and tomatoes and place in a bowl. In a separate bowl, smash avocados up before adding to the bowl of vegetables. Add in chopped cilantro, salt, pepper and lime juice. Mix together until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips (for a healthier, grain-free option, we used Siete tortilla chips with lime) and indulge!


If you’re testing out our recipes, we want to see! Take a picture of your creations and tag us @foodtoeat. Happy eating (and footballing)!


Food Festivals to Look Forward to in 2019!

As the weather continues to get colder, we’re daydreaming more and more about the warm weather that spring and summer bring. One of our favorite things to do from April to October is to get outside and eat some delicious (and mostly unhealthy) food!! And if you’re a New Yorker, you know that the best way to satisfy all of your food cravings is at a food festival. Not only do you get to try everything from BBQ to ice cream, food festivals are the best way to find the newest food trend as well as support the local, small businesses that commonly sell their products at these venues.

In order to help you start mapping out your 2019 schedule (or maybe just brighten your day with our thoughts of warmer weather, sigh) we’ve compiled a list of some of the best upcoming food festivals for you to keep on your radar. 

Smorgasburg: One of the largest open-air food markets in NYC, Smorgasburg began in Brooklyn in 2011 as a spin off of Brooklyn Flea. It attracts 20,000-30,000 people each weekend and it’s a must on any foodie’s festival list. Both the Williamsburg and Prospect Park locations re-open in April with their normal Saturday and Sunday schedule, respectively.

The World’s Fare: This Queens-based food festival celebrates the diversity of New York’s food industry with over 100 vendors representing 100 different cultures. It’s purpose is to remind us that everyone is equal around the communal table as we celebrate the unity of food. You don’t want to miss this 2-day event on May 18th and 19th.

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival: For all those looking to explore a plant-based lifestyle, this 9th annual event is fully vegan with over 100 vendors that focus on plant-based food and products. This festival will run for 2 days on May 18th and 19th with a full line-up of speakers, chefs and entertainers. 

New York Pizza Festival: Get ready to leave a pizza your heart at this 2-day festival that focuses solely on everyone’s favorite food! This is the second year you’ll be able to taste test pizza from the top pizza makers in the U.S. and Italy while sipping on beer and wine and listening to live music. Mark your calendars now for October 5th and 6th!

New York City Wine and Food Festival: Considered the largest food and wine festival in NYC, this weekend-long event runs from October 10th to the 13th. Hosted by the Food Network and Cooking Channel, it has more than 80 events to raise money to support the No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Bank For New York City.

New York Beer Fest: We couldn’t leave out our beverages! The New York Beer Fest is one day only but runs for two different sessions (12-4PM then 6-10PM) and features over 200 beers from 80 different breweries. This event takes over Citi Field and offers games and entertainment throughout the park. If you’re a beer connoisseur, buy your tickets now for May 4th!

Cherry Bombe Jubilee: Although this is more of a food conference than a festival, if you’re a woman in the food industry, this is for you! Cherry Bombe’s Jubilee is a day-long event that combines food and drink with inspiring conversation and meaningful connection. It’s female-focused but open to all genders and it’s all going down on April 7th.