For the past seven years, the Village Voice has thrown what can only be described as a culinary blowout, bringing some of the city’s best restaurants together with beer, wine, and spirits purveyors, throwing several thousand hungry guests into the mix, and letting them have at it. It’s called Choice Eats, and tickets are now available for this year’s edition, to be held on March 25th, and it looks like it’ll be better than ever.
More than 60 restaurants from across the city will be on hand for this year’s event, which will be held at Basketball City at Pier 36, in Lower Manhattan. General admission tickets, which cost $60, will allow you access from 7-10 p.m., and $85 VIP tickets will allow you one preview hour, from 6-7. The new venue is larger and more state-of-the-art than the 69th Armory, where it had been held in previous years, and will allow for more attendees and participating restaurants.
So what restaurants can we expect? While the full roster has yet to be announced, here are the restaurants that have signed up so far: Bear, Bhatti Indian Grill, Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter, Brooklyn Koloache, Butter & Scotch, Coppelia, Devi, Dirt Candy, Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue, Indian Clove, Jimmy's No. 43, Kaia Wine Bar, Louro, Luke's Lobster, Mables Smokehouse, Maima's Liberian Bistro, No. 7, Oda House, Ovelia Psistaria, Pete Zaaz, Queens Comfort, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Robicelli's, The Kati Roll Company, The Meatball Shop, and Xe May Sandwich Shop. You’ll notice that there’s a real emphasis on featuring the cuisines of as many cultures as possible.
They’re also accepting volunteers for the first time, and those who lend them their time will be gifted with a ticket to the also-popular ‘Choice Streets’ food truck event. Those interested can sign up here.
So, basically, if you like food, you should strongly consider going to this. Buy your tickets soon; it’s bound to sell out.