Imagine this: live music, craft beer, fresh air, and a gathering of Vendy Award finalists and local food vendors. If your mouth is watering, then you and I had the same exact response. When I was invited to visit East Harlem’s La Marqueta for Vendy Plaza, I couldn’t pass it up; I grabbed my friend Lauren and off we went!
First stop on our Vendy Plaza tour was a delicious 1911 Raspberry Cider at the New York Craft Beer Garden. It was the perfect compliment to all the food that would follow.
Lauren and I made our way around checking out the options, and couldn’t help but stop to grab some empanadas from YourPanadas. Veggie for me, beef for Lauren, they were both absolutely delicious and served with either cilantro or carrot salsa.
We decided to get a little strategic with our tasting menu from here on out. There were so many options; we wanted to make sure we got to try as many as possible.
Lauren and I split up. She returned with a CoCo & Co young coconut, and I with bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin from Walking Dog BBQ . The coconut water was delicious. It tasted like a milkshake! I am fully hooked and will be hunting their tiki carts down any chance I get. The pork was amazing as well. Tender, juicy and served with the most amazing, tangy sauce. Needless to say, meal one was a success!
With our bellies full of piggy goodness, Lauren and I decided to walk around and enjoy the music. While it was a little loud on the lowest level, it created a fun atmosphere throughout the event.
With room for more, our next stop was on the top level for a perfectly cooked pupusa from Solber Pupusas . Neither of us had ever tried a pupusa before, but are so happy we did. The doughy pouch of chicken was delicious, and paired perfectly with our second coconut water (we couldn’t resist!).
Thanks for the amazing Sunday, Vendy Plaza, I’m certain you’ll be seeing the Bitches again soon!
Park Avenue between 115th & 116th Street
Now until September 6th, Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m.