Bites of North Brooklyn: Taste food fest offers culinary tour of Williamsburg, Greenpoint

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Inked: Three Kings Tattoo owner Alex McWatt gave fair attendee Aleks Shineleva a tattoo at Sunday’s Taste festival.
Aw, shucks!: Employees of Williamsburg oyster bar Maison Premiere cracked open some bivalve mollusks at Sunday’s Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint food festival, which brought together more than 50 businesses from the nabes.
Hungry Brooklynites: Hordes of foodies hit East River State Park for the eighth-annual Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint festival on Sept. 17.

They came, they saw, they tasted!

Thousands of foodies chowed down at East River State Park on Sunday during the Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint festival, which brought more than 50 restaurants from the nabes together to create a grub hub that offered attendees a satisfying culinary tour.

“It was fun to explore all of the different restaurants around the neighborhoods, and now there’s so many new places I’m excited to go back and try!” said Williamsburg resident Haley Garofalo.

Around two thousand people attended the 8th-annual event, which featured appearances by time-honored local haunts such as fried-chicken slinger Pies ‘n’ Thighs and oyster bar Maison Premiere, in addition to booths manned by newcomers including bakery Du’s Donuts and Cheeseboat, which served a pastry stuffed with melted cheese that Garofalo found particularly savory.

“Everything was delicious — especially the cheesy bread from Cheeseboat,” she said.

Williamsburg Italian joint Barano made its second festival appearance this year, offering saffron gigli — a pasta infused with the yellow spice served with honey and pecorino cheese — and a gin-and-beet-syrup cocktail that those who missed the fair will soon find on the restaurant’s menu, according to its chef.

“The cocktail will go on the fall menu within a week,” said Albert DiMeglio.

Diners were treated to performances by different musical acts: Potty Mouth, a group comprised of youngsters from the Williamsburg School of Music, rockers 1–800–BAND, and a jazz trio all took the stage during the five-hour fair.

And four attendees with especially strong stomachs received complimentary tattoos at a station set up by neighborhood ink shop Three Kings Tattoo, where owner Alex McWatt debuted four designs created for the occasion.

“We are a very local company and always interested in contributing to our neighborho­od,” said McWatt. “The event was really great.”

The food fest raised more than $100,000 in profits — a larger haul than in years past — all of which will go toward transforming a vacant firehouse on Wythe Avenue and N. Ninth Street into a community center, according to the event’s director.

“Profits were slightly higher than they have been in years past, we were lucky with generous sponsors and donors,” said Dana Krieger. “We hope to start construction on the community center this fall with the money we received.”

Reach Deputy Editor Anthony Rotunno at or by calling (718) 260-8303.
Updated 5:55 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Shandra Limey from Greenpoint says:
The selection of gluten-free foods was very limited. I think if they want to be truly representative, they need to have more foods that don't contain things. Otherwise, I will not come back!!
Sept. 19, 2017, 9:59 am
Matt from Greenpoint says:
A tattoo from a food festival?
The stupid grows well in Brooklyn!!!
Sept. 19, 2017, 11:26 pm
DJ from Brooklyn Heights says:
Not enough gluten free options? less than 1% of the population is allergic to gluten. Maybe food fests are not for you
Sept. 20, 2017, 2:02 pm

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