There’s no better time of year for a staycation in New York City than October, just as the leaves begin to flush with color and the night chill starts to snap back. Dreams of lazy day trips to Long Island and weekend campfires upstate ensue, but for those of you who can only venture into the next borough, it’s cool. We’re bringing the best local food and beverages to you with internationally inspired flavors that let you can travel the world with each bite.
Here is a taste of the local vendors joining us in Manhattan for our 7th annual Edible Escape on Thursday, October 19, at Pier A Harbor House.
788 9th Ave.
Badshah layers the robust flavors of Indian street food with the richness of home-cooked dishes found across Southeast Asia. Folks rave over their cauliflower appetizer, an Indo-Chinese-style preparation that uses sesame seeds, onion, tomatoes and fiery chiles.
193 Bleecker St.
Manousheh is a Lebanese bakery that brings the staple breakfast food of Beirut—a decadent flatbread—to NYC. The dough is made fresh each day, then smothered in sweet or savory toppings such as zaatar, labneh, vegetables and meat. Try the Avocado + Zaatar that comes with bright cherry tomatoes, fresh mint, Lebanese olives, and cucumbers drizzled with sumac and olive oil.
Ghost and Grits
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Ghost and Grits is an instant favorite with its Indian-inspired barbecue—think Indian spice meets Tennessee smoke—that pairs creative ingredients like lemon preserves, ghost pepper jam and cabbage raita with traditional smoky southern flavors. Dig into the barbecue or take a bite of the Bengal biscuit, a fluffy homemade buttermilk biscuit topped with blue corn-crusted eggplant, wild mushroom duxelles and creamy saffron. Wash it down with the signature Smokey Assam iced tea.
6 Autumn Lane in Amenia, NY.
Serevan is the creation of chef Serge Madikians, who blends the freshness of seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley (including Persian cucumbers grown for the restaurant in his garden) along with the taste of his Persian and Armenian heritage. Fresh herbs, traditional spices, sweet rosewater and lip-puckering tamarind give new life to traditional American dishes.
Birds of a Feather
191 Grand St. in Williamsburg
Birds of a Feather is a Sichuan eatery in Williamsburg run by Michelin-starred duo Yiming and Xian, offering an abundance of traditionally meaty dim sum and Sichuan dishes, plus tantalizing vegan and vegetarian options, like spicy cold noodles with sesame and peanut paste and Wood’s Ear mushrooms with pickled peppers and cucumbers.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack, NY
Wölffer Estate Vineyard is an award-winning, sustainable, family-owned winery on the East End of Long Island. Founded in 1988 by Christian Wölffer on what started out as a potato farm, the winery has grown over the past 30 years to a rolling 55 acres, and is known for its rich wines that offer the complexity and depth of the Old World without the price tag. Indulge in a glass of their merlot or rosé.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
234 Carpenter St, Greenport, NY
Greenport Harbor brews the perfect pint to wash down every last crumb of food. Located on the end of Long Island, the craft brewery offers bright, hoppy brews like Pith ‘N Peel, a citrus IPA made with whole oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits and tangelos, plus milder, maltier flavors like its seasonal Leaf Pile, an Autumn ale brewed with ginger, cinnamon, whole bean vanilla, all-spice, nutmeg and pumpkin.