46th Street between Broadway and 9th Ave. will be extra annoying today starting at 5pm, when tourists and hardcore food festival addicts will congregate for the Taste of Times Square. I have conflicting emotions every year for this event. Food festival = good. Food festival where Applebees is one of the participants = not as good. Last year, there were a few gems hidden among the over priced and touristy duds, and while this year promises much of the same, it could merit a quick walk through after work.
Partipating places that we love: Spice Fusion, Utsav, & Toloache. Partipating places that may not suck: Chop Suey and the Bourbon St. Bar & Grill. Plus I was pretty happy with my choices last year from Virgil’s, St. Andrews & Le Rivage, who will all be returning as well. I’m assuming they’ll be doing the whole “buy tickets from a booth and then exchange those tickets for food” nonsense, which normally would require doing a full walk through before committing to a certain number of tickets. Unfortunately, my threshold for pushing over tourists on Restaurant Row is pretty low, so I’ll probably just end up buying $10 worth of tickets and taking my chances. Also, if you live or work in the Times Square area, you may be eligible for free food tickets (although some hoop jumping through is required.) For more info, visit their website.
If you decide to go, I’ll see you there! (I’ll be the fat guy scowling at everyone in the Applebees line.)