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2nd annual Taste of 7th St returns

Last year, Scoop Street kicked off its inaugural Taste of 7th Street Festival with Luke’s Lobster, Butter Lane, Caracas Arepa Bar, Porchetta, and Xoom Smoothies. The weekend-long festival brought with it long lines and general foodie mayhem, but the eats were worth braving the crowds.

This year from April 20th to 22nd, the Taste of 7th Street Festival moves from weekend to weekday/weeknight  and is spread across three days instead of two (probably so it’s not as crazy as last year). For $18, you get to sample signature dishes from Luke’s and Butter Lane (2nd year veterans of the festival), and Scoop Street has added Wechsler’s Currywurst, Dumpling Man, and Cowgirl’s Baking to the lineup. No more Porchetta or Caracas Arepas – I suspect it’s because the lines got CRAZY long last year and it was kind of a nightmare. It looks like they’ve taken steps to smooth out the logistics, and I look forward to another fun and tasty food crawl – now with drink specials at Jimmy’s No. 43, Burp Castle, and Standings Bar.

Buy your tickets here!

47% Off Signatures at “Taste of 7th St.” on April 20-22

One street. Three days. Five restaurants. Experience the sensational Taste of 7th Street.

Here at Scoop St., we’re always looking for ways to make your New York City experience that much more fun and exciting. Which is why we’re bringing you the opportunity, for the second year in a row, to experience an entire street’s – and some the city’s best – restaurants at half price.

Nestled in the heart of the East Village, 7th Street is home to the bustling bars, salons, and boutiques that epitomize New York, as well as some of the city’s most gossiped about dishes. This one block alone offers food lovers diverse, multi-cultural cuisine of every flavor, a microcosm of New York City itself. But don’t just take our word for it— grab your friends, family, date, or the guy on the corner and come experience the tastes for yourself.

Good for use during the second annual “Taste of 7th Street” food festival all day from Wednesday-Friday, April 20th – 22th, 2011, today’s scoop features nearly half-off the signature menu items of 7th Street’s hottest restaurants.

Whether you try them all in one go or spread out your sampling over the three-day affair, a mere $18 gets you $34 worth of the following sweets and savories at a savings you won’t see again. In case you’re thirsty afterward – who wouldn’t be? – head to some of the street’s best bars for a complimentary $2 off beers.

So where does this exclusive scoop make you an insider?

  • Luke’s Lobster – Small Lobster Roll
  • Wechsler’s Currywurst – Choice of:
    A) Currywurst + any 8oz beer on tap/soda
    B) Neumberger bratwurst in a roll + small side of potato salad/sauerkraut + any 8oz beer on tap/soda
  • Dumpling Man – Choice of:
    A) 4 seared pork dumplings
    B) 4 seared veggie dumplings
  • Butter Lane Cupcakes – Two tasty cupcakes from their signature lineup
  • Cowgirl’s Baking – One vanilla rainbow or chocolate rainbow donut

Start off your tour with New York City’s best lobster roll at Luke’s Lobster. With the minimalist mentality of a true Maine lobsterman, only the sweet knuckles and claws lie atop these grilled buns. Embellishments strictly include a squirt of mayo and a pinch of celery salt. Simple, classic, divine.

Next, head over to Wechsler’s Currywurst to sample a German street favorite. Whether you opt for the delectable currywurst itself – classic German sausage topped with curry sauce – or the bratwurst in a roll with sauerkraut, your taste buds will wonder if they aren’t actually in Berlin.

Continue on to Dumpling Man for some authentic, handmade, soft Asian-style dumplings. Go traditional with the pork – a sweet and savory burst in your mouth – or lay off the meat by trying the veggie, with its perfectly seasoned, light combination of flavors.

Ready to go sweet? Head over to Butter Lane to pick up two cupcakes from our favorite NYC cupcake bakery. Made with pure ingredients like real vanilla beans, pure cocoa, rich dark chocolate, and fresh fruit, Butter Lane’s treats prove that the homestyle wholesomeness from your mom’s kitchen can be found in the big city.

Whether you’re feeling adventurous or just have a sweet tooth, wrap up your food crawl with a donut at Cowgirl’s Baking, the East Village’s new gourmet vegan bakery. You may be stuffed, but it’s hard not to feel good about a tasty vegan donut, whether vanilla frosted, chocolate frosted, or glazed.

Drink Specials

After you’ve satiated yourself with this five-course meal along 7th Street without making a dent in your wallet, it’s time to hit the pub. Get $2 off beers when you present your “Taste of 7th Street” voucher at these local bars with the “Good Beer Seal” stamp of approval.

First, Jimmy’s No. 43, offers a smorgasbord of beers and handcrafted draughts, curated by owner Jimmy Carbone. Choose from 12 high-quality European and local selections on tap, 13 bottled, including such favorites as Otter Creek Vermont lager and Six Point’s Bengali IPA.

Come back for round two at Burp Castle. Although the monastery-themed bar may sound like a children’s fantasy, it is certainly a playground for adults, with 12 draft and 40 bottled beers imported from Belgium, Germany, and Britain.

End your pub crawl at Standings Bar, which offers unique brews such Abita Purple Haze Beer – a crisp, American style wheat beer with fresh raspberries – or the popular Weyerbacher Winter Ale, brewed with deep-roasted chocolate malt.


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