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Two Major NYC Food Festivals Return With Legit Lineups

Plus, Sex and the City candy is here — and more intel

Harlem EatUp!'s Third Annual Festival Weekend
Last year’s Harlem EatUp! festival
Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!

Two big upcoming food events

No Kid Hungry’s annual benefit Taste of the Nation will happen this year on Wednesday, April 18. Food from Fausto, Little Tong Noodle Shop, Sunday in Brooklyn, Bessou, Ferris, Emily, High Street on Hudson, and more, plus drinks from Blacktail, Leyenda, Llama Inn, Loverboy, and more will all be on offer. One hundred percent of proceeds from the $250-plus tickets will benefit childhood hunger in the United States. Up in Harlem, the annual Eat Up festival will occur on May 14 to May 20, and tickets go on sale today. There, Harlem restaurants such as Lolo’s Seafood Shack, Melba’s, and Red Rooster will all participate.

New York candy company gets into Sex and the City game

Brooklyn-based candy maker Sweet Saba is now making treats based on legendary items in Sex and the City — including Carrie’s nameplate, the break-up Post-It note, and some of Carrie’s shoes. It’s a collaboration with an Instagram aiming to document every outfit on the iconic show, and proceeds from sales of the SATC candy on Sweet Saba’s website will go to elephant orphanage David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The proprietor, Mayann Zilberman, is a former lingerie designer whose pieces sometimes ended up on the show.

A new warehouse brewery along the Ridgewood-Bushwick border

The local brewery taproom boom keeps going, this time with a new venue from Queens Brewery over in Ridgewood, right by the Bushwick border. The company now has a bar at 1539 Covert St., near Wyckoff Avenue and a couple blocks away from the Halsey L stop. Besides beer, the spot opened with bar food like brats, hot dogs, and kielbasa. It also has cornhole and will host karaoke every Tuesday from 9 p.m. to midnight. The neighborhood around the Halsey L stop now has a slew of ambitious bars and restaurants, like pizza spot Houdini Kitchen Laboratory, outdoor-indoor bar Nowadays, and Bridge and Tunnel Brewery.

A look at an Oaxacan specialist in Corona

In this week’s Hungry City column, writer Ligaya Mishan highlights Cienega Las Tlayudas de Oaxaca, a bodega-turned-restaurant in Corona, Queens. Chef Eva Mendez excels particularly at tlayuda, an Oaxacan dish where a robust tortilla is topped with pork lard, carnitas, black beans, quesillo, cabbage, tomato, and avocado. Other Mexican fare also dots the menu, including empanadas de amarillo, “plate-wide tortillas folded around a yellow mole that shuns sweetness, rich with chicken broth and yerba santa, like a rinse of root beer.” Take a look at another Oaxacan chef in the video below: