Eating up El Barrio

Your Sundays just got a heck of a lot hotter! Let's sweat it out together in East Harlem, with a special visit to Vendy Plaza at La Marqueta!

I may be a west side girl, but I love to cross that divide every once in a while--especially when exploring north of 96th Street! Harlem may have been named by some old Dutch folks, but today's East Harlem will sooner take you south of our border than west of it! Come taste the flavors of The Neighborhood (or El Barrio, si no habla espanol), walk through history and finish with a little dancing--if you're into it!

The Vendy Awards are an annual event that takes place in Governors Island in September. It was started in the East Village in 2005, as a fundraiser for The Street Vendor Project, which is an organization that supports and protects its members in the biz. It's no surprise that much like the evolution of our street vendors, that this organization has now grown to host sites for their members to sell their wares! With the help of local officials, and the support of La Marqueta, which was established by Mayor LaGuardia in 1936, The Vendy Plaza is now a weekly hot spot with food, drinks, art and music--where better to end a food tour, that wants to bring you the best of the area?!

Food will change as few of the vendors are recurring, but some of the eats we might get to try:

  • Some of the only coffee to be roasted in this borough
  • Freshly made Chinese food
  • Award-Winning Sweets
  • Tacos, tacos, tacos!
  • Machete-carved meat
  • Uptown soul food
  • Brooklyn-made ices with Puerto Rican flavors

This is a tour you can come along more than once as the tastes we have will vary depending on the vendors that are there! And if you're so inclined, you can cozy up to the bartender after the tour, if you feel the need for a little liquid courage to help you "get on your feet" as Ms. Estafan might do!