9th Avenue International Festival
9th Avenue from 42nd St – 57th St
New York, NY
370 West 52nd St
New York, NY
Mitchell London Foods
22A E. 65th St
New York, NY 10021
Every 3rd weekend of May, 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen, is shut down to vehicle traffic and for a mile and a half of food and drinks. It beckons the start of summer as the first real outdoor weekend event of the summer. American, Moroccan, Greek, Spanish, Cuban, Japanese, Thai, Italian, German, Argentina and all kinds of other international cuisines are present. It is a veritable cornucopia of self-indulgent gluttony. Strap on your feedbags and get ready for some food porn.
For all the great burgers located on 9th Avenue, only Lucky’s Famous sets up a stand to actively participate in the Festival. Lucky’s serves 100% USDA prime beef and is known for their special sauce which is a slightly spicier version of your every day burger sauce. You can read our review of the restaurant it’s self here.
Lucky’s roll a regular old grill up onto the street and from underneath their tent serve up burgers and hot dogs. $4 won’t buy you a lot on 9th Ave during the festival but it will get you a Lucky’s Famous with cheese. Once you order from the front of the tent, you move around to the side where they assemble your burger with your choice of toppings. Lettuce, onions, cheese and Lucky’s sauce is what I ordered. I’ve had the Lucky burger before and wasn’t too impressed but this one was pretty good. Nothing fancy, just a juicy little burger. The star of the show is the Lucky’s Sauce with it’s unique spicy, buttery, thousand island taste.
Mitchell’s restaurants are known for gourmet salads, sandwiches, baked goods, pizza as well as their burgers and cupcakes. They set up a tent at 9th Avenue Food festival serving assorted pastries, quiches, and sliders including fresh veggies sliders, buttermilk biscuits with ham and regular beef burger sliders.
The 2nd day of the festival presented another opportunity to scour for burgers. Enter the Mitchell London Foods both. The ham slider on a butter milk biscuit was out of this world so I thought the regular slider was worth checking out. Being a ketchup hater (only good for fries or egg sandwiches), I was a little bummed out to see that the slider came with it on already. Although a little small, even for a slider, it tasted pretty good. Unfortunately it was cold which definitely robbed the little sandwich of some flavor. The saving grace was the roll which had a buttery sweet taste.
- LEMONADE – 5 out of 10 (too watered down)
- CHORIPAN from CHIMICHURRI GRILL (grilled Chorizo sausage with chimichurri sauce, roasted and red peppers on a Portugese roll) – 7 out of 10
- PINCHITO from CHIMICHURRI GRILL (small pieces of grilled Argentinian skirt steak with Chimichurri) – 7 out of 10
- KATAIFE from POSEIDON BAKERY – 8 out of 10
- BUTTERMILK BISCUIT HAM SLIDER’S from MITCHELL LONDON FOODS – 9 out of 10
- CHEESE AND POTATO PIEROGIES from MILLIE’S – 8 out of 10
- CUBAN EMPANADA from EMPANADA MAMA – 8 out of 10
- GRILLED CORN ON THE COB – 9 out of 10 (my fave item at the fest!!)
- FRIED OREOS – 7 out of 10
- GRILLED ITALIAN SAUSAGE WITH PEPPERS, ONIONS and CHEESE WHIZ – 7 out of 10
- QUICHE from MITCHELL LONDON FOODS – 7 out of 10
- CHICKEN CURRY PUFF – 8 out of 10
- LAMB GYRO – 7 out of 10
- SMOKED FLANK STEAK, FRIED PLANTAIN and FRIED RED SKIN POTATO from MATEO’S GRILL – 8 out of 10
- CANNOLI from FORTUNATO BROTHERS – 8 out of 10
- CURLY FRIES with CHEESE WHIZ – 6 out of 10