NYC is know for its summer street fairs. Many offer a wide selection of foods to sample. Can anyone comment on the different fairs they have attended? Which ones have you enjoyed, which would you steer clear of?
I think they are all the same. Except if you go to one that specifically markets something different- like that bar-b-que themed event... but the ones that you run into on broadway on every block, every weekend... same food, same vendors, same cd stand, same jewlery, same grilled corn on the cob *yum*
Here's a first cut by stand:
Mozzareppa - looks great, but too bland for my taste, expensive
Fruit Juice - (as described)
Italian - great Italian sausages, variety of yummy fried foods under heat lamps (preferred, since freshly fried usually means too hot), but avoid the more complex dishes (beef, sweatbreads, etc.)
Asian Food - too greasy, sits in warming dishes with extra grease (to prevent dryness, I guess)
Grilled Corn- get the ones cooked IN the skin...otherwise it gets too charred
Gyro - the meat sits around too long, not as good as the lunch cart places
Crepes - for some reason, it's not that good (love the takeout ones in Paris, so I DO like the product)
manhattan street fairs are all the same as described above - basically all smaller variations of san gennaro (yuck). i did go to the atlantic antic in brooklyn last year and while it had the usual suspects, there were also lots of stalls from the restaurants in the area - including some very delicious ethnic treats.
(i hope i don't get reprimanded since this is the NYC board..!)
Ask this question on the Outer Boroughs board for info on the Atlantic Antic; the very street fair-like food offerings at the Caribbean Labor Day Parade; and the every-weekend Red Hook Ball Fields.
In Manhattan, the 9th Ave. festival is the only one with any character at all.