I know it's only January...but March is right around the corner and in the NYC food world that means time for the annual Village Voice Choice Eats. They just announced the third round of participating restaurants--they're up to 35 so far with more on the horizon and I'm willing to bet that before all the restaurants are named this event will be totally sold out...
The VIP tickets for the 6th Annual Choice Eats sold out in a record thirty minutes. Thirty minutes people! And they only have a limited number of general admission tickets left.
Here's who's coming so far...
606 R&D Black Shack Burger Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter Brooklyn Cured Brooklyn Kolache Buka Butter and Scotch Del Posto Dirt Candy Ditch Plains Fanny Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue Jimmy's No. 43 Joe Dough John Brown Smokehouse Kaia Wine Bar Littleneck Kuma Inn Lucky 777 Chili Luke's Lobster Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall Maima's Liberian Bistro Mexico Lindo Mooncake Foods No. 7. Nom Wah Tea Parlor Ovenly Parish Hall Spicy Bampa The Meatball Shop Thirty Acres Txikito Xe May Sandwich Shop Yunnan Kitchen Zenon Taverna, and Zucker Bakery.
And here are the details. This year's event will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM at the 69th Armory on Lexington Avenue. General Admission tickets are $50 and include "complimentary food and dessert tasting, craft beer pairings, wine & liquor beverages, and entertainment throughout the night." Also, in addition to "Eats" you get "Choice Sweets" tasty dessert morsels from some of the best spots in the city.
A portion of the ticket sales go to Slow Food NYC.
For a food event in the city on this scale with this much good food (and booze), it's seriously a no-brainer. You will get your money's worth. Click here for tickets before they sell out and you're stuck buying pricey scalped ones on Craigslist.
Need more convincing? Check out our past Choice Eats coverage. You can keep tabs on the events, including the soon to be announced Choice Streets and any new restaurant additions by following @ChoiceEats.