Foodie Bucket List: Feast of San Gennaro Begins Thursday in NYC

Brandon Snively
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For tourists and New Yorkers alike, there’s one event at the start of fall that encompasses food, drinks, music and culture all in one. Yes, there are many events around the city that have all of those things, but none like the Feast of San Gennaro.

Placed in NYC’s vibrant Little Italy, blocks are lit up by of Italian-themed lights and the place becomes a pedestrian mall frenzy with all the restaurants, food stands, and carnival attractions that want your business. For those that aren’t familiar, it is definitely worth a visit to the buzzing atmosphere, and it starts on Thursday.

The feast celebrates Saint Gennaro, who is the patron saint of Naples, Italy. The first known feast occurred in 1926 and has happened every year since. This year, one of the highlights is the parade down Mulberry Street. The Grand Marshal for this year’s festivities is Tony Danza, who will be accompanied by elected and feast officials for the annual grand procession at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 12.

Along with the procession down Mulberry, food and drinks are what really bring people to this street festival. Here are just a few restaurants that you should try while down at the feast:

  • Il Cortile
  • Umberto’s Clam House
  • Caffé Napoli
  • La Nonna
  • Pellegrino’s
  • Da Gennaro
  • Ferrara’s Bakery & Café

Visiting a restaurant shouldn’t stop you either from getting a sausage and pepper sandwich or a slice from a local vendor. Plus you are more than encouraged to raise your cholesterol by eating fried oreos or zeppoles. Have fun stuffing your face and do it with a giant smile.

The feast is along Mulberry Street from Canal to Houston Streets and runs until September 20. It’s open from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. from Sunday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m. – midnight on Friday and Saturday.

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