On your marks! Get set! Go…to the closest Tibetan or Nepalese chef! Momo Crawl 2014 is set for Saturday, November 22nd, and this year’s goal is to eat through the pain. During this third annual event, participants will gather near the Jackson Heights Food Court marquee to receive copies of Momo Mandala Map 2014 from the organizer, Jeff Orlick. Then they will stroll at their leisure to roughly 20 participating restaurants and street vendors within a half-mile radius to buy these Himalayan dumplings (see above) for $1 each. Some vendors will add to the fun with special promotions. For example, at Gangjong Kitchen, crawlers will be able to win free dinners by successfully whistling after eating a momo with the special house sauce. Little Tibet will add its spice by offering momo-making lessons, drink specials, and even henna tattoos. At the end of the event, crawlers will meet at the Jackson Heights Food Court to vote on who deserves the coveted Momo Trophy (below).
Details: Momo Crawl 2014, Jackson Heights Food Court, 73-07 37th Road, Jackson Heights, November 22nd, 2 pm to 5 pm, pay Orlick three bills of any denomination to join the fun.
Photos: Jeffrey Tastes
Jeff Orlick isn’t living his dream, he’s eating it… and he wants to share. This Friday, the Jackson Heights-based culinary tour guide and the 82nd Street Partnership will host the outdoor food extravaganza Viva la Comida! A celebration of the borough’s culinary diversity, restaurants, bakeries and mobile vendors — including Tortas Neza (Mexican), Arepa Lady (Colombian), Chimi Express (inventors of the Dominican pizzatón), Morocho (Peruvian) and the debuting Tibetan momo truck Amdo — will sell their products along 82nd Street. However, food is only part of the fun. Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros and other local bands will perform with a break at 8 pm for an open dance competition with prizes. Plus, Hibridos Collective will organize an interactive art fair, and Design For You will host a pop-up market featuring treats from such local favorites as Bittersweet NYC and Tropisec.
Details: Viva la Comida! by the 82nd Street Partnership, 82nd Street between Roosevelt and Baxter avenues, Jackson Heights, September 20th, 4 pm to 10 pm, free to attend.