Saturday Plan: Eating, Walking and Helping the Arts

Nicky's Vietnamese sandwiches

So many restaurants — so little time. Sometimes the sheer number of interesting places in this neighborhood can be a little daunting. Coming up on Saturday, Fourth Arts Block (FAB) has a solution for anyone who might want a little guidance: it’s the East Village Eats Tasting Tour.

On Friday, we joined FAB for a mini-version of the tour, sampling small bites from five of the 15 restaurants taking part in the big event this weekend. For $35 ($45 if you sign up after tomorrow), it’s a really good deal.  I was stuffed, even after consuming only about a third of the full program. And, of course, the event helps a great organization. The money raised on Saturday will help support theatrical productions at the dozen or so cultural facilities that are part of Fourth Arts Block.

Luke's Lobster.

We tried a delicious banh mi sandwich at Nicky’s, a light and fresh shrimp roll from Luke’s, plus really generous antipasto plates at Mediterranean restaurant Nomad and Cucina di Pesce, the 4th Street Italian. And then there was the dark chocolate with Szechuan peppercorn at Bond Street Chocolate.

Also on Saturday, participants will visit Faustina, Hecho en Dumbo, Korean spot Mono+Mono, the MUD Truck, S’MAC, Souen, Supper Tuck Shop, Tu-Lu’s Gluten Free Bakery and Xi’an Famous Foods. The tour takes place from 11am-4pm.

FAB’s director of special projects, Lauren Parrish, says the tour is part of a larger effort to get East Village theater goers in the habit of trying out more of the neighborhood’s restaurants before/after they see a show. It’s the event’s debut year.

If you’d like more information or want to buy tickets, check out FAB’s web site.