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

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