FREE Food in Manhattan and Outer Boroughs
- Cheese Boy Jan 3, 2008 10:07 AM
Talk about an attention-getter.
We all here share a passion for eating. I saw a similar thread on another board and it piqued my interest. Has anyone ever gotten FREE food in any way, shape, or form in Manhattan or the Outer Boroughs? I'd love to hear about it. It could be samples, a comped meal, eating and forgetting to pay the check, walking out with someone elses groceries, five-finger-discount ... you name it...let's hear it. Also, while we're on the subject, let us know where we can sample some good eats (period) w/o spending a dime.
Our 2008 resolution -- spend LESS -- but still eat well. ; )
I sneak into certe every once and a while to get their free samples of pastries. I love them. Partially about not spending the money, I have to admit, the only part is about not eating a whole one because they are way too good to be low fat.
Not entirely free, but for practically nothing, a local, community group used to hold an annual, "Taste of Bay Ridge" evening at TJ Bentley's. The food was donated by numerous well known Bay Ridge eateries as a way for them to support the community, gain exposure and showcase some of their 'signature' dishes. For a very nominal fee, diners could try one or all of the dishes bieng offered by these restaurants. Offerings included small plates of appetizers, pastas entrees and dessserts and there was no limit on how many 'tastings' a diner could have. I don't know if it's still being done, but it's as close to free food as one is likely to get... At least in Bay Ridge! :-}
I went to Suibi, the only Okinawan restaurant in town with my wife who's from Okinawa and a few friends who taught English with me in Okinawa. We got a free bottle of awamori, which is Okinawan sake. We ended up drinking it along with the owner. Not quite top shelf stuff, but at least a $30 value I'd guess.
Either last year or a couple of years ago, I attended the Pakistani(?) parade/festival where they were giving out tons of free food -- samosas, soda, water, chana dal, pulao, etc.
My mom used to tell me that when I was a baby, I imitated my mother shopping by taking food from the shelves and stuffing it in my baby carriage underneath the blankets. She wouldn't discover this until we got home.