One of the more interesting streets for chowing in Manhattan is Ninth Avenue all the way from the Greenwich Village up to Central Park. In that stretch you'll find everything from Indian, Greek, Peruvian, Thai, Chinese, Cajun, Burgers and more. One of my favorites in that stretch is a Sri Lankan place between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in the 40s.
Each year, New York celebrates this great neighborhood and its variety of ethnic food with the 9th Avenue International Food Festival. The festival typically stretches for 30-40 blocks deoending upon the number of vendors.
This year's festival is scheduled for Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18. The festival generally runs from 10 am to 6 pm each day
I'm planning on flying into New York around noon on Saturday and out at about 6:30 pm on Sunday. During that 30ish hour period, I plan on feasting on as much of the chow as Ninth Avenue has to offer. Thereaftter, I might even sneak out for a special meal at one of the cities fine restaurants. As of today the price of the flight was around $200.
I'd love to have a few Chicago 'hounds join me as I'm sure it will be an interesting and worthwhile experience. I'll be staying at the Carlton Hotel which is on the east side at Madison and 29th. But, its very comfortable and reasonably priced at around $125 a night for either a queen or a double room. The hotel is in the process of renovation. All of the rooms have been renovated. But, the lobby may still be under construction. Thus, the attractive rate and good value.
Having lived in New York, I'll be happy to lead for those who wish to have someone do that. Or you can feel free to make the weekend your own adventure.
If you'd like to join in, drop me an email. If you have questions, I'll do my best to answer them.