The Ultimate 2016 Choice Eats Guide: Restaurants, Menus, and More


The final countdown for Choice Eats 2016 is on. There are only seven more days until the ninth annual Village Voice tasting extravaganza fills up Metropolitan Pavilion, and we’re already daydreaming about chowing down at all those restaurants on Friday, March 11.

VIP and early-entry tickets have already been snatched up faster than a plateful of Breads Bakery’s chocolate babka, but you can still score general admission tickets. All levels of entry into Choice Eats will grant you unlimited munching access at all of this year’s 65 participating eateries. Plus, everyone will get a complimentary souvenir tasting glass for beer, wine, and spirits — because there’s no better way to wash down a croquette or a taco.

In the meantime, we’re celebrating by giving you a sneak peek at some of this year’s menu so you can nosh your way through Choice Eats with ease. Here’s a selection of eats from a bunch of this year’s participating restaurants.

Choice Eats

2588 Broadway; 646-861-3604
Chicken “dum pukht” dahi wala, basmati rice

58 East First Street; 917-639-3197
Spanish mackerel tataki with horseradish and ponzu

311 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn; 718-643-9229
Reubenese: smoked pastrami, fresh mozzarella, and sauerkraut with Chinese mustard, served on pretzel brioche

Broken Spoke Rotisserie
439 Third Avenue; 212-889-6298
Rotisserie short rib, pickled cabbage, and chimichurri

Cabalito Pupuseria
13 Essex Street
Pollo pupusa: corn tortilla stuffed with chicken and cheese; chorizo pupusa: corn tortilla stuffed with cured pork sausage and cheese; hongos pupusa (vegan): corn tortilla stuffed with portobello mushroom and beans. All accompanied with curtido (lightly fermented cabbage and carrot salad) and homemade salsa.

Calle Dao
38 W 39th Street; 212-221-9002
Spiced goat neck with pickled bok choy shoots, tostones, and Calle Dao house spices; goat burger sliders with leeks, Cuban-Chinese spices, hoisin-salsa criolla on brioche

El Quinto Pino
401 W 24th Street; 212-206-6900
Milk-poached pork shoulder with trinxat

EMMY Squared
364 Grand Street, Brooklyn; 347-844-9588
Detroit-inspired square pizza

Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue
433 3rd Ave, Brooklyn; 347-763-2680
Sticky burnt ends with honey cornbread

Flinders Lane
162 Avenue A; 212-228-6900
Coconut curry laksa with jumbo–lump crab meat

Fonda Restaurant
Multiple locations
Pollo con mole blanco: slow-cooked chicken in a white almond sauce with olives, capers, and picked jalapeños. Served with spicy poblano rice.

Genuine Superette & Genuine Roadside
191 Grand Street; 646-726-4633
Baja Burger: cotija cheese, charred jalapeño mayo, pickled jalapeño

ilili Box
999 Broadway; 646-771-4090
Lamb shawarma; chicken salad shawarma

Irvington Bar + Restaurant
201 Park Avenue South; 212-677-0425
Croquettes with rotisserie chicken, chorizo, and romesco

Javelina Tex-Mex
119 East 18th Street; 212-539-0202
Carne asada taco with grilled hangar steak topped with a three-chili sauce and jalapeño relish, on a flour tortilla

Kailash Parbat
99 Lexington Avenue; 212-679-4238
Mini koki (sindhi-style flat bread) topped with hung mint yoghurt; sai bhaji (fresh spinach and dill with onions and lentils) served with steamed white rice

Kuma Inn
113 Ludlow Street; 212-353-8866
Kuma nachos with spicy pork and beans, and pickled jalapeños

Loi Estiatorio
132 W 58th Street; 212-713-0015
Baklava Kyklos: walnuts wrapped in crispy layers of phyllo with a light drizzle of spiced honey

Luke’s Lobster
Multiple locations
Maine-style shrimp roll

Mable’s Smokehouse
44 Berry Street, Brooklyn; 718-218-6655
State-fair Frito pie

Maima’s Liberian Bistro
106-38 Guy R Brewer Boulevard, Queens; 718-206-3538
Pepper soup, pepper chicken, pepper shrimp, Jollof rice

Mexico Lindo
459 2nd Avenue; 212-679-3665
Winter corn esquites with epazote

No. 7 Veggie
Double-decker broccoli tacos

Obicà Mozzarella Bar, Pizza e Cucina
928 Broadway; 212-777-2754
Mozzarella di Bufala, basil pesto, and pine nuts; beef tartare, quail egg, and black truffle

113 7th Avenue South; 212-924-2305
Tostada de mar y tierra: plantain tostada, shrimps ceviche, pied de vache, escabeche

Osteria Cotta
513 Columbus Avenue; 212-873-8500
Pork ragu arancini

Quality Eats
19 Greenwich Avenue, 212-337-9988
Grilled Nueske’s bacon with peanut butter and jalapeño jelly

18 Greenwich Avenue; 212-647-1818
Crostini toscana

Schaller’s Stube
1654 2nd Avenue #1; 212-879-3047
Traditional Berlin currywurst

29 Avenue B; 646-410-0333
Fresh soft pretzels, very fresh and juicy sausages, and the best dips ever

Socarrat Paella Bar
Multiple locations 
Carne: short ribs, chicken, chorizo, mushroom sofrito, snow peas; arroz negro: shrimp, calamari, scallops, fish, piquillo pepper, squid ink; de la huerta: eggplant, cauliflower, artichokes, tomatoes, chickpeas, snow peas

Spicy Bampa
6920 18th Avenue, Brooklyn; 718-236-8088
Spicy cold noodles, hot-pot fish fillet

Thai Rock
375 Beach 92nd Street, Queens; 718-945-5111
Thai dumplings: steamed Thai-style crepe filled with sautéed peanuts and turnips

The Black Ant
60 2nd Avenue; 212-598-0300
Tacos de mejillón: blue corn tortilla, smoked mussels, head cheese, burnt habanero chapulín salsa

The Gander
15 W 18th Street; 212-229-9500
Pork and beans: pressed bacon, molasses, baked lima beans, mint

The Handpulled Noodle
3600 Broadway; 917-262-0213
Spicy cumin lamb ding ding (chopped noodles)

The Meatball Shop
Multiple locations
Shawarma balls with tahini sauce

Xe May Sandwich Shop
96 St Marks Place; 212-388-1688
Pilot sandwich: lemongrass chicken, chili mayo, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, and cilantro in a baguette

Choice Sweets 

Ample Hills Creamery
Multiple locations
Ice cream —  Sweet as Honey; Salted Crack Caramel;  Snap, Mallow, Pop!

Breads Bakery
18 E 16th Street; 212-633-2253
Chocolate babka

Butter Lane
123 E 7th Street; 212-677-2880

Sweet Generation
130 1st Avenue; 646-964-5777
Brownies; cookies; cupcakes

The above is just a sampling of the restaurants (and dishes) that will be at Choice Eats this year. Check out the whole list of participants here.

The Village Voice‘s 9th Annual Choice Eats
Friday, March 11, 2016
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street, Manhattan

V.I.P. Hour : 6:00  7:00 p.m.
Early Entry: 6:30 –
 7:00 p.m.
General Admission: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Get general admission tickets for Choice Eats here. For more information, visit the Choice Eats site