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Burgers are arguably the best food item in all of food. It’s an american staple and if done right, it can bring a grown man to tears (of joy). burger joint New York is one of those places that just do it right. There’s no frills, no veggie burgers, and no non-sense. Just delicious, epic burgers that soothes a soul and warms a belly. God bless America and God Bless burger joint New York.WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
In 1998, Sean Meenan built Café Habana in an old-school Dominican diner that had been holding it down on the corner of Elizabeth and Prince long before NoLita was born. Inspired by a storied Mexico City lunch joint where legend has it Che and Fidel plotted the Cuban Revolution, Café Habana is a mix of straight-shooter authenticity and nonchalant cool. Seventeen years later, it’s a veritable institution, replete with celebrity sightings, reviewer accolades and dedicated aficionados. It’s the kind of place where old-time neighborhood denizens pull rank on beautiful hipsters for the best tables, and that’s not up for negotiation on anyone’s watch.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Have you been to Momofuku Milk Bar? If yes, then you know about their epic cookies and pies. If no, then we ask this question: “Respectfully speaking, what is wrong with you?” Their baked goods are amazing, and they will be a sweet addition to your gov ball day (pun intended).WebsiteTwitterFacebook
“Come all without, come all within, You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Quinn” – Bob Dylan
While we’re pretty sure that Bob Dylan didn’t write his famous song after this truly epic BBQ joint, our money is on someone writing a song about it soon. Why? Because it’s f*cking amazing and delicious and few things in the city and galaxy are better. There’s always a line out the door at their East Village location or at their Brooklyn Flea booth and for well deserved reason – the food is just that good.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
What is better than epicly delicious fresh fish? While we would normally wait patiently for you to answer this question, in this scenario we aren’t waiting at all because we already know the answer: NOTHING. NOTHING IS BETTER THAN EPICLY DELICIOUS FRESH FISH. And because of this, we should all thank the heavens (and the brains of Adam Geringer-Dunn and Vinny Milburn) for Greenpoint Fish & Lobster – New York City’s best new fish market and restaurant. We made it a mission to get this place at the 2015 festival and mission: accomplished, as GF&L will be serving up oysters in the Gotham Tent VIP area each day. Don’t sleep on these!WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
Tres Carnes is a Flatiron Mexican joint that specializes in delicious smoked brisket, pork, and chicken. They have tacos, burritos, guac, and other Mexican staples, and unlike most NYC mexican spots – it’s pretty freakin’ great. Run by Texas natives, their flavors and ingredients are the freshest of the the fresh and they 100% know what they’re doing – trust us. So, next time your friend “Bodi” from California is lamenting how NYC doesn’t have any good Mexican food, slowly turn to him and whisper in your best accent…”Tres Carnes.”WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
Do or Dine, based in Williamsburg Brooklyn, has without a doubt the most personality and character of any restaurant in NYC. Its facebook page boasts offerings of “36 types of cuisines,” its menu has dishes named with just letters and numbers (e.g. E666), and its restaurant has a “gold tooth motif.” Most importantly however, it’s food is damn good. They always keep it interesting, and they always keep it delicious, and as a result, we say Do AND Dine.
Ramen Burger serves a delicious burger that uses ramen in place of a bun. Some people hear this and say “who would ever think of or eat that?!” Those people, however, are stupid (respectfully), since this offering is one of the most unique and delicious in the city.WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
Bodi: “hey man, NYC sucks – Mexican food here is average, and all I want is a good burrito.”
Sara: “Bodi, first off, I’m a girl, and secondly, you’re an idiot – NYC is awesome and Taqueria Diana is amazing – their burrito stands up to any burrito San Fran or Chula Vista has to offer. When I eat it I get chills because it’s a party in the mouth. ”
Bodi: “is it a super heady burrito with organic ingredients and stuff, man?”
Sara: “you’re brain is a heady burrito, and you’ve lost speaking privileges. Their burritos are just delicious and amazing and their other stuff is freakin’ great.WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
Some people equate Papaya King with fresh juices, hot dogs, and french fries. Others equate it with late night munchies or hangover food. Either way, it’s delicious and a New York staple. Holding down New York city street corners for decades, PK embodies NYC and will be representing well at the festival. Screw Burger King – come hang with the real King…Papaya King.WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
16 Handles launched in 2008 as NYC’s first self-serve frozen yogurt company. With total control of your creations, you can choose from our daily16 flavors and 50+ toppings. 16 Handles currently has 40 stores in the US and 150 in development internationally. With a variety of frozen novelties, fro-yo cakes, waffle bowls, fro-yo sandwiches, take-home pints and toppings to-go, the options are endless – go ahead and Flaunt Your Flavor(™)!WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
Pizza is a food item that consists of…just kidding. We all know what it is, and we all love it. And if you don’t, we are so sorry for what you are missing out on. Neopolitan Express is a green minded mobile restaurant that serves amazing, quick, delicious, and healthy pizza to the masses of NYC pizza freaks. They feed hungry folks while helping save the planet. What could be better? Nothing. Except eating this right now. Brb…
Ponti Rossi is an Italian food truck that serves up authentic Italian specialties and cuisine. You have seen them rolling around town with dozens of people running behind, all salivating at the mouth. It’s for good reason, as the Gov Ball team eats it regularly and are often heard complaining of The Itis.WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
How many people have you met that answered “Filipino” when you asked them what their favorite type of cuisine was? The chances are very few, and we chalk this up to people not knowing any better. Thanks to places like Jeepney and Maharlika, NYC now has truly amazing Filipino food, and every time we tell folks to go there we get a “THANK YOU” followed by endless emojis that prove these spots are more than legit. Take a break from dancing your butts off and try something different. You will be happy you did.WebsiteWebsite
Some people’s idea of a great night is a good book and a hot bath. Others is a big ass steak and some red wine. If you are more the latter, then American Cut is made for you. Dishing out amazing cuts of red meat in a very laid back space, American Cut has gained scores of fans and has a devoted following, and we couldn’t be more excited for their meat stylings to warm the hearts, minds, and bellies of festival attendees.WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram
Moroccan food is special stuff. You’ve got spices, couscous, tagines, harira, and a whole lot more. Comme Ci Comme Ca is one of those places that serves Moroccan cuisine with true authenticity, and their menu showcases every Moroccan staple you knew about, along with those you really should know about. People who eat here often describe it as amazing, and definitely never describe it as just “comme ci comme ca.”
The word Tacombi is comprised of two words:
“Taco” meaning delicious tortilla rolled or folded around a filling.
“Mbi” meaning SO EPICLY GOOD THAT THEY WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND SING TO THE HEAVENS.
When combined, these two words do special things. In your mouth.WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
You know who and what Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is – they have those buttery yellow trucks and those cozy stores around the city and people hovering around them are eating ice cream that is made from scratch. It’s really great stuff, with the Classic scoops made with nothing more that fresh milk and cream, cane sugar and egg yolks. The Vegan scoops are made with fresh cashew milk, coconut milk, cocoa butter and extra virgin coconut oil. Summer means it’s hot, and hot means ice cream, and we all cream for ice scream. Or something like that.
Sicilian arborio rice balls, fried and filled with delicious items. While the prospect of having balls in your mouth may not sound exactly “appetizing,” we promise that these balls are the real deal. They are fried, they are delicious, and best of all – eating these balls won’t make you feel bad about yourself. Guilt free balls here.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Are you a Match(a) for MatchaBar? To answer this question, you might ask, well, what is Matcha? Matcha is known as a alternative to your coffee, espresso, and energy drinks, delivering a calm, focused energy known for its extended release caffeine and immunity boost. Sourced directly from a family farm in Nisho, Japan, MatchaBar signature drinks are the real deal and if you’re looking to step it up in a real interesting, heady way, this is it. Are you a Match for MatchaBar?WebsiteFacebookInstagram
Ice cream sandwiches rule. And that’s what Coolhaus does – ice cream sandwiches. Since Coolhaus launched their first truck – a barely drive-able (but pimped out) postal van – at Coachella in 2009, they’ve been combining their two great loves, architecture and food, to create a unique line of mouthwatering desserts.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Indian food, in our opinion, kinda gets a bad wrap. It’s really undeserved too since it’s so f*cking delicious. Hot Clay Oven is one of those places that not only offers delicious Indian food, but also offers delicious Indian Fusion, which is a new take on traditional Indian food. You’ve got the the same amazing spices that make the food so unique and scrumptious, but the offerings are new and interesting and without a doubt worth trying.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Asiadog is a mobile hot dog company founded in July 2008 that offers beef, chicken, and veggie hot dogs with Asian-inspired toppings. Borne from a love of NYC, we wanted to push the limits of one of its most popular street foods by adding our own personal touch with ingredients that we grew up with in our multi-ethnic homes, such as kimchi, Chinese bbq pork belly, and Thai mango relish, to name a few. Currently, we have a brick and mortar location in Brooklyn, and can also be found at the Brooklyn Flea, Smorgasburg, Madison Square Market Eats, Central Park SummerStage, and more.
For Governors Ball, we will be serving up our Korean BBQ burger, pulled pork with ginger BBQ sauce, and french fries, along with our popular hot dogs. To find out more about us, please visit us at asiadognyc.com.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
San Diego – home to Ron Burgundy, Sea World, and truly amazing Mexican food. Taquitoria is from this foreign land and is a rolled taco/taquito joint located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan that specializes in late night bites and all around culinary goodness.WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
The following was the most recent Yelp review at the time of publishing this webpage and it’s pretty on point:
” What can I say? I came here with my girlfriend last Saturday night, we were both drunk and we ordered cookies and cream ice cream in waffle cones. It was a beautiful, warm spring night and we ate our ice cream like a couple of giddy 6-year-olds as we strolled around the lively East Village.”
Bark is a Park Slope based hot dog specialist. They offer dogs in simple form and dogs in truly special form (chili cheese). They offer burgers in simple form (bark burger) and burgers in delectable form (green chili). It’s all good and it’s all worth going to, and all begs the question, “‘Sup dog? “WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
You might grab them to go, but you might wind up staying. The Nugget Spot is chill and inviting; the perfect place to sample the best nuggets you’ve ever had. Serving wine and beer, come through for a pregame, or feed the munchies late night. Just steps from Union Square, right by the L train, we make it easy for you to get fed. Great Chicken Nuggets for brunch, lunch, or dinner.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Cold brew coffee on tap for those that need to step it up a notch. And trust us when we say step it up a notch. We just had some and we’ve rearranged the office twice and we can’t stop talking or typing and it’s kinda weird but we feel great and the coffee is delicious and we’re psyched to have it at the fest and all that stuff.
Hebros has awesome meat!
Carl’s authentic Philly Cheesesteaks start with thinly sliced sirloin steak grilled to perfection. They stay true to their cheesesteaks and offer the original “cheese whiz” or your choice of provolone or white american cheese with or without grilled onions. To top it off they use only the freshest hoagie roll that is fit to handle an authentic cheesesteak.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Philly only has one thing on NYC. Literally only one. And that one thing is the Cheesesteak. We have great respect for our Philly brethren, and we have great adoration for delicious food, so we’re stoked to have Phil’s Steaks on-site slinging delicious cheesesteaks.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
If someone were to ask us what are 3 quintessential American things, we would say “baseball” “Hulk Hogan” and “grilled cheese.” The last of those is definitely the most delicious and Morris Truck does it right, with a wide array of offerings including various cheese, vegetable additions, and more. What did they used to call the principle in Old School? CCCCHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEE.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
We offer Southern Hospitality & a refreshing break from any festival food cuisine as we provide a delicious and nutritious twist on Classic American Offerings w/ Emphasis on Fresh Fruit & Fresh Thinking! Lexington, Ky is home base but we travel far & wide to provide ALL Natural Real Fruit Smoothies w/ Epicly Weird Combinations and Fruit Filled Waffle Cones topped to desire! We carry on tradition for fresh and all natural ingredients as we hand craft our Hot Pressed Panini Sandwiches and Homemade Soup fit for a King!TwitterFacebook
Brooklyn Soda Works was formed in early 2010 by an artist and a chemist couple living in Brooklyn, NY. They started by experimenting with ginger beer, and moved onto more adventurous fruit combinations. They sell fresh from kegs at various markets (e.g. Brooklyn Flea and other events) through New York from spring through autumn. Brooklyn is hip as hell, and soda is refreshingly delicious, so the combination of the two WORKS.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Have you been to one of the Bareburger locations around NYC? If so, then you know how their organic ingredients and many burger offerings hit the spot when you are craving a burger. They got beef, they got ostrich, they got garden, and they got many more to choose from. Additionally, these organic ingredients don’t leave you feeling sluggish and blah later on. Burger is as burger does. Does that make sense? No. But these are delicious and worth trying like at least 3 times.WebsiteTwitterFacebook
Southernmost Falafel has got a combination of everything you’re craving, all tucked into one chewy pita. Cool tzatziki and hummus counteract the savory, Sriracha-spiked falafel for a must-have-seconds midday treat. For a dairy-free option, snag a Jimmy Roll. The oversized egg roll is stuffed with shredded fresh veggies, complimented my sweet and tangy duck sauce and Sriracha upon request. Though these dudes are Florida-based, their festival and concert schedule is most righteous, so it’s likely you’ll see them again this year.
A family run business specializing in delicious festival foods and snacks. From ribeye sandwiches and foot long hotdogs to homemade ice cream and italian ice we have everything you’re looking for under one tent. Check us out to the main stage!
At Flaming Wok, you can purchase traditional favorites with a festival flair — such as General Chicken (General Tso’s chicken made with deep fried tempura battered chicken and a sweet-hot orange sauce) and vegetable lo mein. Spicy lo mein is also a crowdpleaser, as is crab rangoon. And the sririacha is flowing freely.
As their name implies, Candy Rox knows how to rock. There’s mad candy, lots of retro-yum that’ll take you back, and the freshest must-have’s from tee’s, watches, hats, and jewelry to cutting edge audio accessories. Get a gift here and be an instant hero. Or treat yourself and stand back while everyone asks you “Wheredja get that?”WebsiteTwitterFacebook
We serve hand dipped classic, jalapeño, and veggie corndogs., funnel cakes, and fresh squeezed juices. Striving to be as green as possible, we use all compostable serve ware and recycle our cooking oil.Facebook
Sweet Chili is a Vietnamese & Thai food truck that’s been roaming the streets of New York since the spring of 2013. Our Chef, Lisa Fernandes, a Top Chef Finalist, prepares mouth watering dishes that entice all your taste buds to create unique, balanced flavors you cannot find anywhere else! She balances sweet, spicy, salty & sour to engage flavor layers with every bite. Each dish also has a crunch element to keep your textural taste buds on their toes.WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagram
Born from a love of good food, live music and adventure, Pizza Nova takes pride in slinging slices to the masses at music festivals nation wide. Come say hello and enjoy a fresh hot slice between sets.