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Taste of the East Village: A Benefit for Cooper Square Committee

October 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Taste of the East Village

$25 online, $30 day of


“New York, NY (August 28, 2018) – Taste of the East Village, the popular outdoor food festival on East 7th Street between Cooper Square and 2nd Avenue, takes places on Saturday, October 6th from Noon to 5 pm. Tickets are on sale here

The Taste of the East Village brings together around 20 of the East Village’s favorite chefs and restaurants to benefit the Cooper Square Committee’s housing programs, and to promote the Gofundme campaign of EVIMA’s President, Jimmy Carbone, a co-founder of the festival. Local chef at Huertas at 107 1st Avenue, Jonah Miller, is chairperson of the festival committee and has selected many of the participating restaurants.

Ticket holders are entitled to four dishes from participating neighborhood restaurants and eateries, including newcomers to the festival like the Eddy, Fry Guys, Ho Foods, Huertas, Maharlika Filipino Moderno,Virginia as well as returning restaurants like Brick Lane Curry, Porsena, Al Horno Mexican Kitchen, Narcbar and Le Petit Parisien. Dessert venues such as Insomnia Cookies, Sweet Generation Bakery, Veneiro’s and Davey’s Ice Cream will also be joining us. This list is still in formation and we expect some others to join us.

The first 350 attendees to the festival will receive a gift bag containing complimentary appetizers or drinks at many of the participating restaurants. The festival will also include live music and a deejay, as well as more than a dozen local community and cultural organizations like Fourth Arts Block, Downtown Art, East Village Community Coalition, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Solar One, Tenants Taking Control, Lower East Side Ready, Met Council on Housing and many more. Some of the groups will have interactive exhibits.”


“The Cooper Square Committee hosts our 3rd annual Taste of the East Village Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6th from Noon to 5 pm. The fundraiser benefits our housing preservation, tenant and small business rights organizing work. In the past year, we lead a successful city-wide campaign to reform the city’s code enforcement and strengthen tenant rights. In April, we completed the development of the Bea Arthur Residence for homeless LGBT youth, and the 18 residents moved in during the month of May.

We expect to have more around 20 local restaurants and eateries joining us. Ticket holders get to sample a small plate from 4 different participating restaurants, and a complimentary refreshment from one of our beverage sponsors. The list of participating restaurants is still in formation (we welcome new restaurant sponsors). So far we have the following restaurants and eateries participating:

Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen, 57 1st Avenue – Tasty meat and vegetarian tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas and fajitas.

The Ali Forney Center, several NYC locations – This non-profit group works to protect LGBTQ youth from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. Their culinary program prepares meals cooked from scratch 7 days a week and feature nutrient-rich ingredients. They partnered with Cooper Square Committeee to develop the Bea Arthur Residence, which opened at 222 East 13th Street in May.

Brick Lane Curry House, 99 2nd Avenue – An authentic curry house reminiscent of an East London style Indian restaurant.

Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, 465 Johnson Ave., Brooklyn – Delicious, sparkling ginger ale made with only fresh ginger and pure cane sugar. Get a complimentary bottle by showing your 4 taste ticket.

Davey’s Ice Cream, 137 1st Avenue – An ice cream parlor offering “creamy” housemade ice cream, using local ingredients, that’s a “perfect balance of sweetness and strong flavor

The Eddy, 342 East 6th Street – Seasonal American fare including flavorful lamb, steak and seafood dishes, and their full bar serves up strong and complex cocktails.

Ho Foods, 110 East 7th Street – Taiwanese eatery focusing on beef noodle soups & locally sourced ingredients.

Huertas, 107 1st Avenue – Spanish eatery offering Basque inspired tapas such as chorizo, octopus, smoked pork, rock shrimp and tortillas. Their chef, Jonah Miller, chairs our Taste of the East Village Festival committee.

Insomnia Cookies, 299 East 11th Street – Specializing in delivering warm, delicious cookies, brownies, and cookie cakes right to your door.

Le Petit Parisien, 32 East 7th Street – Cozy cafe serves authentic French style sandwiches in the heart of New York’s East Village.

Maharlika Filipino Moderno, 111 First Avenue – Signature dishes include oxtail, spare ribs, crispy pork leg, goat shank, hangar steak, salmon, prawn, and rice noodles.

Martina, 198 East 11th Street – Thin crust pizza, meatball subs and chicken wings are specialties at this Roman inspired East Village pizzeria.

Noreetuh, 128 1st Avenue – Elevated Hawaiian cuisine with a diverse menu including Silken tofu; bigeye tuna poke; monkfish liver torchon; mentaiko spaghetti; pineapple-braised pork belly; mochi waffles.

Porsena, 21 East 7th Street – It’s all about the best pasta in NYC at this contemporary trattoria from chef Sara Jenkins.

Sweet Generation Bakery, 130 First Avenue – An artisan bakery creating beautifully handcrafted pastries made with natural, whole ingredients whenever possible. This socially conscious business also runs an internship program for at-risk youth, teaching job readiness skills in their creative bakery space.

Veniero’s Pastry, 342 East 11th Street – The landmark Italian bakery, circa 1894, serving a mini-assortment of cannolis, cheesecakes and cookies.

Virginia’s, 647 East 11th Street – An upscale bistro that serves “powerhouse food that’s smart, skillful and lacking in pretense”. Their menu includes duck breast, flank steak, mussels and burgers.

We will have a DJ, live music, a photo booth, and more than a dozen local non-profit organizations participating, including East Village Community Coalition, Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, Fourth Arts Block, Downtown Art and many more. Interested non-profits are welcome to contact us at steveh@coopersquare.org”


October 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Cooper Square Committee


E 7th St between Cooper Square and 2nd Ave