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Huge Citi Field Food Festival Is Back in May With 50 Vendors So Far

Plus, two Japanese food festivals are happening next weekend — and more intel

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Vendors announced for big Citi Field food festival

The World’s Fare food festival returns to Citi Field in May, and the first 50 vendors have been announced. This year’s preliminary line-up includes food from Wind Rose, a new Korean fusion restaurant from Sung Park, who worked as chef at Jean-Georges and most recently at Brasserie Seoul in Boerum Hill. It’ll also include Vietnamese pho and coffee shop Zen Yai, Latin American fare from Empanada Papa, tacos from mini Mexican chain Oaxaca Taqueria, and Caribbean snacks from Tania’s Kitchen. The food festival, inspired by the World’s Fair of 1964 in Flushing Meadows Park, will be held on May 18 and 19. Tickets can be purchased here. See a full list of vendors below.

Rami Malek and Christian Slater spotted filming at a Nomad restaurant

Oscar-winning “Bohemian Rhapsody” actor Rami Malek was spotted filming for his “Mr. Robot” TV series at Oscar Wilde in Nomad. The Victorian-style pub — home to the longest bar in New York City at 118.5 feet — was decked out in hundreds of holiday lights for the scene, featuring both Malek and co-star Christian Slater.

Closings and coming attractions

Upper West Side all-day restaurant West Side Cafe has closed at 218 West 72nd St., between Broadway and West End Avenue. Over on the Lower East Side, the Domino’s Pizza that’s operated for more than two decades at 196 Stanton St., on Allen Street, has also flopped. Bushwick lost Trans Am Cafe on Wyckoff Avenue, and it’ll soon be replaced with a temporary pop-up from vegan deli meat vendor Seitan’s Helper.

Meanwhile, an Ontario-based brewery called Collective Arts Brewing will move into Gowanus at at 519-529 Third Ave., between 12th and 13th streets. It’ll be a 16,000-square-foot space with a microbrewery, a two-story taproom, a 100-seat restaurant, a 40-seat cocktail lounge, and a backyard area. It opens this summer. Williamsburg is also getting a new restaurant: A coffee shop dubbed Bright Side that’ll open within a luxe waterfront condo building at 184 Kent Ave.

Two festivals dedicated to the cuisine of Japan’s Hokkaido region and ramen

Hokkaido-style fare, specifically lamb barbecue, will take over the Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side later this month. Japanese craft beer will be sold by Hokkaido Brewing, which comes from the port city of Otaru. The event is meant to celebrate the opening of the first Hokkaido-themed restaurant in NYC, to be named Dr. Clark, where the main dish will be that lamb barbecue. The festival goes down on Sunday, April 14; find out more here.

That same weekend, starting Saturday, April 13, a ramen-making contest will be held in the East Village and Astoria. Eight ramen shops hailing from Japan will be on site, plus one sole New York restaurant Shinka Ramen. From spicy cheese ramen to curry noodles, it all goes down in JAPANFes, happened on April 13 in the East Village on Broadway, between Eighth Ninth streets and on April 14 in Astoria on Steinway & Broadway at 34 Avenue. Find out more here.

World’s Fare vendor list

2 Dough Boyz
AD Catering & Events
American PharoahZ
Antico Noe
Baba’s Pierogies
Balkan Bites
Bk2PR Catering LLC
Better Than Your Mother’s
Cafe Esencia
Chef Troy’s Table
Colonia Verde
D’Abruzzo NYC
Danny Macaroons
Delicacy Brigadeiros Craft
Destination Dumplings
DiRiso Risotto Balls
Don Ceviche
Down East Lobstah
Dua Divas
Duck Season
Empananda Papa
Gaucho Burger Company
In Patella
Joey Bats Cafe
Keki Modern Cakes
Marslo Buns
Mangalista by Mosefund
Memphis Seoul
MOJO Dessert
Moon Man
George Motz’s Oklahoma Fried Onion Cheeseburger
Nachos Libre
Oaxaca Taqueria
Organic Olive Juice
Pickle Me Pete
Republic of Booza
Sam’s Fried Ice Cream
Tania’s Kitchen
Tea and Milk
The Arepa Lady
The Baking Bean
Vaccaro’s Bakery
Wafels & Dinges
What’s The Dillaz
Wild Bill’s Soda
Wind Rose
Zen Yai