Photos: the feast of San Gennaro is back! Here is what to eat


Like all New York City traditions that can be ridiculously crowded, the San Gennaro party was canceled last year due to the pandemic, the first time since 1926 that anyone can remember it. But now, until September 26, the Party is back in Little Italy with dozens of food vendors lining Mulberry Street from Houston to Canal, plus all the usual cupping, cigar-rolling places, tourist tchotchke vendors and carnival rides.

As has become the custom, in addition to classic San Gennaro dishes like zeppoles, braccioles, sausages and peppers, torrone, raw clams, fried oreos and lots of alcohol, several of the new establishments in the neighborhood are getting into the action this year with festive-only dishes.

Rainbow Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich, from Café Belle

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that of Noëlle Scala Cafe Belle, one of the best and least publicized bakeries in town, always serves something special for San Gennaro, and this year is no exception with an incredible Rainbow Cookie ice cream sandwich. Parked in front of the shop is the food truck of his cousin Nicole Monecalvo Your sister’s balls, serving a menu of meatball dishes.

The Churreria, also located near Houston, celebrates the return of San Gennaro with a savory Churro Dog stuffed with Chistorra Basque sausages, pleasantly spiced and loaded with onions. And there are now two top-notch slice joints on Mulberry Street: Manero near Canal, and Noam Grossman’s Upside down pizza at the corner of Spring Street, where the latter is organizing the very first San Gennaro pizza contest on Friday, September 24 at 1 p.m.

Fried rainbow cookies was a bit of a novelty at the Feast, but I counted at least three vendors selling these beauties on Thursday. The Cannoli Cronut guys keep it close to spring once again, several Chicharrones and or Arepas the spots are well muscled in the mixture, the place of the fried pizza Mr. Panzerotto has a booth in San Gennaro for the first time, and although the legendary Vinny Peanuts passed away from Covid in 2020, Vinny nut house is back near Grand Street, now run by his nephew Danny Fratta.

There are also a bunch of special events during the Feast, usually involving getting too much food, way too fast, into your mouth. The frankly crass eating cannoli contest, for example, takes place on Friday at 2 p.m., and there is a meatball eating contest run by Alleva Dairy, “America’s oldest cheese factory,” on Sunday 26 at 13 hours.

The Grand Procession will take place on Saturday 25, starting at 2pm, and will feature floats, “celebrities” and the Giglio Band, which should be quite a spectacle.

The crowd seemed thinner on opening day than I can remember from the last pre-COVID years, and the introduction of so many curbside dining rooms on Mulberry Street since 2020 makes the party feel more disjointed than usual – you can go almost half a block between San Gennaro stands in some places, as local restaurants have already staked out the space.

San Gennaro himself was moved by luxury accommodation a few years ago from his longtime home in the backyard of The Most Precious Blood Church, but they took him to the streets on opening day. to bless all sellers.

Scenes from the outdoor street fair Feast of San Gennaro

You will find the Feast of San Gennaro on Mulberry Street in Little Italy, from the Canal to the streets of East Houston. The Festival runs until Sunday, September 26 and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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