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A Foodie Guide to the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

April 17 2023

Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is an absolute must for foodies. Celebrating its 50th birthday this year, the food festival has been inspiring visitors with a variety of culinary delights since 1973.

Covering over 40 blocks, the area is transformed into a small city of food trucks, stalls, and booths – all promising something different and delicious to satisfy your palate. You can find outlets from small independent chefs to some of New York City’s most popular bars and restaurants.

Man and woman smile from inside food truck

Whether you love savory dishes or can’t say no to your sweet tooth, there are plenty of options to choose from – offering, quite literally, a little bit of everything.

The food festival lets visitors take a culinary journey around the world without leaving Manhattan. Whether you’re hoping to try Italian, Argentinian, Korean, Mexican, Brazilian, Thai, or Spanish dishes, with so much available, the opportunities really are endless.

When you’re not eating (or making the impossible decision of what to eat next), there are plenty of other activities to enjoy in and around the festival. Throughout the day, there are a variety of live performances, as well as unique crafts for both adults and kids to get involved in.

Woman and man smile in front of food truck while eating food

The festival is always busy – and this year is expected to be the busiest yet, as it celebrates such an important birthday. Get there early to avoid disappointment – and expect lines and delays at the most popular food stands.

The festival runs on Saturday, May 18th, and Sunday, May 19th, from 12 pm to 5 pm and can be found between 42nd and 57th Streets on Ninth Avenue. Bring cash and an empty stomach – and don’t miss out on New York City’s most famous food festival.

The Hotel Beacon is located just a 30-minute walk from Hell’s Kitchen and the famous food festival. Learn more about the Hotel Beacon and its family-friendly suites in the heart of the city.