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The Ninth Avenue Food Festival

As some of you New Yorkers know, the Ninth Avenue Food Festival is coming up. It will be on May 16th-May 17th. It runs regularly between 39th-57th Street. What are your favorite things to order there?

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  1. Ok. I guess i'll start...I like the pad thai, the chicken satay, and many other things.

    1. I think this year it might shorter. On the Port Authority end, the International ?, the fishmongers/store put out an impressive spread of seafood. There is roast pork from Uncle Nick's as well as Walton's ? KeyLime pie off the van; pies from Little Pie Company on 43rd. Bread twirls from Amy's Bread... and yummy stuff from Bali Nussdah. London's small mini burgers.

      1. Anything from Poseidon Bakery ... the empanadas ... Steve's key lime pie ... Millie's pierogies (this is the only street fair they come to, from MA). Steer clear of any/all the standard street fair trucks and stick with the local offerings.

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        1. re: LNG212

          2nd Poseidon--it was my favorite find from the festival a couple of years ago.

          1. re: LNG212

            Poseidon Bakery - the cherry cheese strudel is unbelievable, and the apple strudel isn't so bad either.

          2. Oh ok....Are any of you guys going this weekend?

            1. I just checked the online site for the Ninth Ave food fest, and it's down and has been since last week.

              Is the festival still on or has it been canceled due to the economy?

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              1. re: geoc

                i just contacted one of the local merchants i know and he told me that the festival is still on for this weekend-rain or shine.

                the list of things i like- is so long but ill name a few

                anything from seabreeze fish
                pies from the little pie company
                those key lime pies from the truck'
                anything from poseidon bakery-yum
                anything from amy's bread
                anything from uncle nick's
                paella from costa del sol

                the mini burgers from londons.

                anything from kyotofu.

                im on the fence about millie's pierogies.my friends like them;i dont.

                and many more that i cant think of at the moment.

                LNG's advice is sound. stay away from the generic food carts and trucks. when i see tourists eating turkey legs or ears of corn i just shake my head.

                1. re: mrbeachy

                  How late does the festival normally run on Sunday?

                  1. re: villager21

                    Usually they are told to clear out at 6 on Sunday.

              2. Everything that I do not see regularly.

                It's suppose to rain both days this weekend, more on Sunday. They have been known to reschedule due to rain. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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                1. re: vivaro

                  for those who are interested:

                  the hells kitchen association phone # is 212 581-7029. i just called them and they told me"

                  RAIN OR SHINE-

                  SAT MAY 16- SUN MAY 17

                2. it runs from 9:30-6 on both days.

                  1. Went to the 2010 version after missing several years when the standard street fair trucks took over making it look like everything repeated itself every 3 blocks. Despite the website, which seems to have been frozen in time several years ago, it cut out at 42nd Street, so my favorite seafood and Greek meat places from 39th Street (approx) were not there. Luckily, started from the high end, and found some great grilled octipus, but there was no whole pig, no spicey Thai squid, no suckling anything, and the soft shelled crabs were miniatures, the size of silver dollars and way overpiced. Found a local Indian place (New Bombay Indian Cuisine, 794 9th between 51st and 52nd) that filled a tray with rice, stewed vegetables, chick pea stew, and chicken tikka masala, all of which had different individually and complexly spiced saucing, and gave you a place to sit and eat it. Poseidon bakery came through with fantastic apricot mille feulle turnovers and other Greek delights. Not as good a fair as in its earlier days, I'm afraid, but all the other street fairs have only the usual suspects and here I could find a few locals.

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                    1. re: therealdoctorlew

                      The old place that had the whole pig (Ned Kelly's) has been long gone. But Dalton's still does a whole pig. DH and BIL parked themselves there for the day! Poseidon's wares, as usual, were excellent, I completely agree (we had both the pistachio nest and a long roll-shaped thing that had egg custard inside).