If this country is a melting pot, then New York City is the fire that keeps it bubbling—the languages and cuisines of the world can be found all across the five boroughs. This week is loaded with food events that let you eat your way way around the world, from Holland to China to more points abroad.
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On Monday, skip your usual happy hour and hop on the 7 to the eleventh annual Taste of Long Island City in Gantry Plaza State Park, where over 40 local restaurants, bars, and cafes will be serving up the best grub the neighborhood has to offer. At $75, tickets aren't exactly cheap, but proceeds benefit local nonprofit theater The Chocolate Factory, as well as the Gantry Parent Association, a new neighborhood organization focused on public education in the local community. Latin American and Middle Eastern fusion will keep you full, while raffles (with prizes ranging from tickets to a Broadway show and travel vouchers) and live performances will keep you entertained all night long. Pre-sale tickets are no longer available, but you can purchase tickets at the door.
On Tuesday, a $50 ticket lets you nosh on everything from Pakistani BBQ to vegan pastries to cajun food at the third annual Taste of Bushwick while sipping cocktails from local bars. The event will be held at the massive Boar's Head distribution plant off Morgan Ave., where both local favorites like Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos and newcomers including Okiway will be serving up delicacies. Tickets guarantee all the food and drink you can ingest, and proceeds benefit local not-for-profit theater The Bushwick Starr. Purchase tickets here or at the door.
The historic Grand Central Oyster Bar is kicking off its 36th annual Holland Herring Festival this Wednesday at noon. Every year, the Oyster Bar receives the first shipment of Dutch herring shipped to the U.S., and though fresh fish will be flown in daily until the Herring Festival ends on July 1, Wednesday's opening ceremonies will include an Official First Tasting of Dutch herring, presided over by the Oyster Bar's executive chef/Bishop of Bivalves, Sandy Ingber.
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On Thursday, celebrate NYC's rich cultural and culinary heritage and the immigrants who made it possible at the Museum of Food and Drink's "Immigration in the Kitchen" lecture and food tasting event at Essex Street Market. Sip complimentary Tiger Beer and chow down on samples from Kossar's and other market vendors while listening to leading immigrant food entrepreneurs discuss their diverse professional experiences (and palates). Panelists include Jake Dell of Katz's, Jonathan Wu of Fung Tu and Rona Economou of Boubouki. The event—and the food—are free, but RSVP is required.